AHA vs BHA: Which is the best exfoliator?

AHA vs BHA: Which is the best exfoliator?

The launch of our Noni Night AHA Resurfacing Serum has brought new active ingredients into the KORA Organics range which include chemical exfoliant stars; AHA and BHA. But what are they and what are the benefits of an AHA vs BHA?

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) are the two classes of hydroxy acids most commonly found in cosmetics and skincare. Hydroxy acids are a class of chemical compounds that consist of acids that can be either naturally occurring or synthetic. Being a certified organic skincare line ourselves, we only use the natural source! While they both slough off those dead skin cells that are dulling your glow, the main difference between an AHA and BHA is their solubility and the benefits they provide to your skin. So, let’s take a look at the AHA and BHA difference.

What is an AHA?

Alpha Hydroxy Acids are naturally derived from fruit acids, sugar canes or milk sugars. The natural fruit acids found in our Noni Night AHA Resurfacing Serum are derived from Sicilian White GrapesLemon Peel and Caviar Lime Extract. Sicilian White Grapes are naturally rich in Lactic, Gluconic, Malic, Tartaric and Citric acids. Combining these active ingredients provide powerful AHAs to your skin. 

AHA skincare is effective in treating dull, lackluster skin as they work on the surface layers of the skin. It’s believed that Cleopatra used AHAs as part of her beauty ritual, bathing in sour milk, an AHA in the form of Lactic Acid, to improve skin radiance.

AHA Benefits

AHAs are great for sun-damaged, dry and aging skin as they help to combat pigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles. AHA’s are water-soluble and help attract and retain moisture in the skin. Chemical AHAs help to weaken and dissolve dead skin cells, aiding gentle exfoliation. The AHA exfoliant allows for fresh skin cells to be revealed, leaving you with smoother, softer, more youthful-looking skin. Through this chemical exfoliation, AHAs also aid in reducing hyperpigmentation and dark spots, while helping to even skin texture, for an overall brighter complexion.

What is a BHA?

Beta Hydroxy Acid in its natural form is extracted from Willow Bark and is found in our Noni Night AHA Resurfacing Serum. A BHA is able to work on both the epidermis level and penetrate deeper into the skin through sebaceous follicles. 

BHA Benefits

BHA is oil soluble and helps to perfect pores by cleaning out dirt, pollution or bacteria that may be causing congestion and imperfections in your skin. Their pore cleaning abilities make them a great companion for oily or congested skin. By keeping your pores clean, a BHA can also help pores to look smaller. Being anti-inflammatory, it helps to soothe and calm irritation, a best bud for those with sensitive skin. Like AHAs, the BHA exfoliant properties helps to improve skin tone and texture by leaving a fresh and glowing complexion.

Can you use both AHA and BHA?

Applying a product like our Noni Night AHA Resurfacing Serum combines both AHA and BHA acids so you get the best of both their complexion boosting benefits. The dream team of acids helps to tackle sun-damage, clogged pores, uneven texture, and fine-lines all at once. Resurfacing your skin overnight to rid dead, dull skin cells will result in a smoother, brighter and more refined complexion. 

The result: you’ll be glowier by morning!

KORA Organics


3 thoughts on “AHA vs BHA: Which is the best exfoliator?

  1. Kendall

    I’ve just had this today and ready to start using (hoping it helps with miles). The video on the product says before moisturiser. Would cleanse, mist, night serum, moisturiser, eye oil, face oil be effective or do I need to change my routine to fit this new product?

    1. Amanda K. M.

      I would just use it once a week (no need to slough off dead cells more than that, really), and add it in right after cleansing! Then follow with your serums and moisturiser. (Wear sunscreen every day too, to protect your brand newly surfaced skin cells)


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