How BHA Exfoliants & Skin Purging Works
Research has shown that a beta hydroxy acid (BHA, also known as salicylic acid) exfoliant can help create a clearer complexion, unclog pores, and renew skin's texture, but some first-time users report experiencing a "purging phase" initially, where they actually have more breakouts. Does the old adage "it gets worse before it gets better" ring true when using a BHA product?
Does BHA Make Skin Purge?
What to Do if a BHA Exfoliant is Causing Breakouts
Other Causes of Breakouts When Using a BHA Exfoliant
How to Treat Reactions from a BHA Exfoliantat your convenience!
About the Experts
Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books about skincare and makeup. She is known worldwide as The Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula’s Choice Skincare. Paula’s expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international radio, print, and television including:
The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to busting beauty myths and providing expert advice that solves your skincare frustrations so you can have the best skin of your life!