Game Changing BHAs For Skincare

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I have to share with you all a recent addition to my skincare regimen which has made a big difference to the appearance and health of my skin. Game changing difference. But before I do, just a quick background history of my skin. I have oily/combination skin which tends to get really oily around the T-zone (I also have very oily eyelids!). I have also been blessed with large pores on the inner surface of my cheeks. I am prone to hormonal breakouts but overall my skin has calmed down a lot and settled itself. Drinking water makes a DIFFERENCE, and I think it's really important to help keep your skin hydrated by remembering to do so everyday. I notice that when I don't drink water, my skin definitely does look and feels dehydrated.

BHA exfoliators. I tend to use the 2% on a daily basis and the 4% once a week if needed.

I was first introduced to BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids) by my sister who had been using them as part of her skincare regimen for years. Now please keep in mind that I am no professional or dermatologist when it comes to skincare, but simply writing this from the perspective of my own experience. BHAs act as a daily exfoliant for your skin. Exfoliating your skin is important as it removes all the dead skin cells which sits on the surface of your skin. Now remember that your skin is constantly shedding! the buildup of dead skin cells can often lead to clog pores and cause breakouts. BHAs help to remove the dead skin buildup which in turn helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, unclog the pores (and make them look smaller!) as well as to help reduce breakouts.

I use this every day as part of my night time routine.

For the last few months I have been using Paula's Choice Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment with 2% BHA. Now from experience I wouldn't go into using BHAs lightly. Everybody's skin is different and when introducing a new product you do need to be mindful of how it may react with your skin. I initially started using this product every second day. I apply it on freshly cleansed and toned skin (making sure that my toner has fully dried before doing so). I add a small amount of it onto a cotton pad and then dab the product onto my skin, mainly concentrating on my T-zone area. The first week that I tried the product I had to take a break as my skin got really dry. Once my skin had recovered I was able to incorporate into my daily night time regimen. And I now use it daily. And I have to say this product really does work! My skin appears and feels smoother whilst my pores look cleaner and smaller. The real test was when I decided to use it on the bumps that were on my upper arms (you know those pesky bumps you get and have no explanation as to why they are there) after about three applications the bumps were gone. I'm keeping this one in my current night time skin regimen.

You can read a bit more about BHAs and skin exfoliants here

What is your piece of game changing skincare?


Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment



  1. Sounds like this is really working for your skin! I use acid exfoliators too and I love them!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

    1. I honestly don't know why I didn't get onto them earlier. They have done wonders for my pores! xo


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