AHA vs. BHA: What's the Difference, and Why Should You Use Them?

If you want healthy-looking skin, there are two very important acids you must familiarize yourself with: AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) and BHAs (beta-hydroxy acids). No acid is better than the other necessarily; they just target different needs. Plus, there are so many products that combine both ingredients that you can just tackle all those skin concerns at once (but we'll get to that later). 

That being said, despite the plethora of products we try on a monthly basis with both AHAs and BHAs, we're still far from experts on the subject, and to be honest, if hard-pressed, we'd have trouble explaining exactly what the acids are, how they differ, and exactly what their glow-worthy benefits are. So we thought we'd leave that to an expert in addition to leaving you with a pre-approved shopping list of our favorite AHA/BHA skincare goodies. Ahead, Kenneth Howe, MD, a dermatologist at Wexler Dermatology, breaks it down for us. Your healthier, glowing skin awaits!