Sensitive skin? Here’s the solution: Polyhydroxy Acids

I have to tell you ladies, there is a new family in the hood that claims they can transform your skin better than their opponents. This family is becoming famous faster than the Kardashians so you must keep reading to find out all about it.

PHA known as Polyhydroxy Acids are similar to AHA’s, meaning they also improve texture, even out skin tone, and diminish fine lines. The only difference between them is that PHA’s are much less irritating because of their bigger molecule size.



This means that PHA’s work their magic on the skin’s surface layer and also, they absorb into the skin slower than AHA’s. These two things make them suitable for even very sensitive skin types. Furthermore, skin does not become more photo-sensitive, or susceptible to damaging UV rays. I’m not saying you should skip wearing sunscreen, but you generally don’t have to worry about any excess sun exposure as you would when following an AHA treatment.

Polyhydroxy acids are ingredients such as gluconolactone and lactobionic acid. They’re supposed to be as effective as AHAs, but less sensitizing.

Are PHA suitable for my skin type?

To understand what suits you better, let’s talk each acid: glycolic acid and lactic acid, penetrate the skin more deeply, while salicylic acid works wonders on oilier, acne-prone skin.

Dry skin will benefit more from AHA’s because of their properties to enhance natural moisturizing factors and exfoliate dead cells.

Oiler skin will benefit more from BHA’s because they unclog pores, dissolve sebum and dead skin cells, and help exfoliate acne that can lead to post-inflammatory pigmentation.

A very sensitive skin will love PHA acids.

Sometimes we can find all of the acids combined in one product. That’s ok too. Here’s an example:


But if this exfoliating cocktail is a little strong for your skin, take things slowly and use PHA-based product like this day cream form Neostrata.


Who may benefit best from PHAs?

The uniqueness of its penetration level and molecules sizes make them ideal for virtually all skin types, especially if you’ve experienced sensitivity in the past with an AHA- or BHA-based product. In conclusion, those with very dry and sensitive skin may benefit best from PHA’s because they are humectants- they attract water and are ultimately moisturizing.

What do you think ladies, do you have any questions about PHA’s? If so, leave them in the comments section below. ‘Till next time stay brave & confident! XO

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