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Skincare Acids 101: AHA, BHA, and Vitamin C

Skincare Acids 101: AHA, BHA, and Vitamin C

If you're into Korean beauty and is already familiar with chemical exfoliation, I'm pretty sure you've definitely heard about AHAs, BHAs, and Vitamin Cs. But if not, here's a quick overview for you. Reading about these acids may make you feel like you're in Chemistry class once again, but don't worry, there will be no quiz at the end.

Korean skincare acids are definitely here to stay in the Philippines. Glycolic acid, Salicylic acid, Vitamin C  the list goes on. There’s no denying it: facial acids are the new MVPs in the Korean skincare industry. So before you jump the gun and try these new big hitters in town, you should learn first how to find the right acid suited for your skin type. And we got you covered!



Starting off with the multi-purpose AHAs or Alpha Hydroxy Acids, these gentle exfoliators work hard to dissolve the material that holds dead skin cells together, leaving softer and smoother surface.

And the best part? It is soluble in water and has keratolytic/exfoliating properties. This acid is capable of reducing the appearance of fine lines, acne scars and dark spots. They also moisturize skin and speed up cell renewal.

Perfect for dry skin, AHA comes in different forms.


1. Glycolic acid

A derivative of sugar cane, Glycolic acid is the holy grail of all acids. First, it has the smallest molecule. This allows the acid to exfoliate deeper into the skin than other AHAs. Tagged as an ultimate exfoliator, it’s much more gentle on the skin than abrasive scrubs.

Plus, it is known to control sebum production perfectly and dislodge blackheads and whiteheads without a hitch.


2. Lactic acid

Harnessing the power of milk fermentation and other fruits, Lactic acid is great for dry and sensitive skins. Jam-packed with natural humectant features, it amazingly boosts the moisture of the skin.


3. Citric acid

Crafted from citrus fruits, Citric acid is used for brightening properties on brown spots and hyperpigmentation. It can also minimize and refine pore appearance.  

Start your AHA journey with cult-face products like COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid. Crafted with 7% Glycolic Acid (AHA), this  is a formula that you can trust to give you the most gentle chemical exfoliation in the market.

Or you can also experience the magical power of Mizon AHA 8% Peeling Serum. Containing 8% AHA, it exfoliates dead skin cells and helps fade dark spots. It  is great for anyone who's wanting to reduce fine lines and sun damage.


Grab Beta Hydroxy Acids in a zit-related panic. With an oil-soluble formulation, this acid deep-dives into congested pores, getting rid of blackheads and reducing breakouts. Its main player, salicylic acid is a cult-fave for people with acne-prone and oily skin.

So if you’re looking for a great pore purifying treat to add in your skincare routine, look no further than BHA.

And nothing understands unclogging pores than this skin care wizard, COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid.  It clears away impurities and prevents oxidized sebum from turning into more blackheads.

Vitamin C

Say hello to a brighter, tighter, and overall better-looking skin with Vitamin C. It helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and promotes an even skin tone.

Plus, it protects skin from the everyday environmental onslaught and makes the ultimate defense against harmful UVA and UVB rays.

This anti-aging superstar can be serums, mists, peel, oil, perfector and moisturizers. Really, there are a lot of products you can choose from.

For one, this Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum is one of the best-sellers in the K-beauty scene. Great in treating hyperpigmentation and dark spots, this multi-purpose serum features 5% ascorbic acid. Add to this is its power to refine pores and slow skin aging.

You can also get your fix of this skin-saving vitamin with Jumiso Drop The Vita C Facial Serum. Formulated with 5% Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), it improves skin tone and minimizes the appearance of dark spot. More importantly, it blurs the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and imperfections.

If you want instant nourishment in your face, Vitamin C belongs on your beauty shelf.

Bottom line

With the right use of acids, you can easily fine tune your skin to be smoother, clearer, brighter. So if you’re ready to add these skin-saving elixirs in your daily skin ritual, you can get yours here in Go Bloom & Glow. Enjoy free shipping nationwide for orders ₱2000 and above thru JRS.

What do you think of using skincare acids? Have you tried it? What’s your experience with it? Let us know in the comments!

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