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Enzymes vs Acids

There’s such a great range of skincare products on the market today and whilst this offers a huge selection of choices, sometimes this can make things confusing!

Let’s take enzymes vs acids for example and take a closer look at the differences between what they do in skincare products, particularly when it comes to exfoliants.

Enzyme exfoliants, as the name suggests, contain enzymes that work to break down and dissolve dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. These enzymes are typically derived from fruits like papaya or pineapple and work gently to reveal brighter, smoother skin. Unlike acid exfoliants, enzyme exfoliants do not penetrate as deeply into your skin, making them a great option for those with sensitive or dry skin. Additionally, enzymes have anti-inflammatory properties that can help to soothe and calm the skin, making them a popular choice for those dealing with redness or inflammation.

On the other hand, acid exfoliants like AHA/BHA cleansers contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) that dissolve the bonds between dead skin cells, allowing them to be easily removed. AHAs like glycolic acid and lactic acid work on the surface of your skin, while BHAs like salicylic acid can penetrate deeper into your pores to unclog them. Acid exfoliants are typically more effective at removing dead skin cells and unclogging pores than enzyme exfoliants, making them a great choice for those with oily or acne-prone skin. However, they can be more irritating than enzyme exfoliants, so it's important to use them with caution and always patch test first.

So, which one is right for you? The answer depends on your skin type and concerns. If you have sensitive or dry skin, an enzyme exfoliant may be the better choice for you. However, if you have oily or acne-prone skin, an acid exfoliant may be more effective. Additionally, if you're new to exfoliating or have never used acids before, it's always best to start with a gentler option like an enzyme exfoliant and work your way up.

To break it down, both enzyme and acid exfoliants have their own unique benefits for your skin. Whether you choose an enzyme or acid exfoliant, always remember to patch test first, start slow, and listen to your skin. And as always, if you have any questions or concerns about which exfoliant is right for you, don't hesitate to reach out to a skincare professional.

Happy exfoliating!

Start with a gentler option like an enzyme exfoliant and work your way up.