PAIGE

JUNE 2022

WHY PHA IS THE BEST EXFOLIATOR FOR SENSITIVE SKIN 

If, like around 60% of us you feel like you have sensitive skin, then trying new skincare can be a bit daunting, particularly when it comes to the world of acids, which are usually avoided by sensitive skin types. This is because acids can cause dryness and irritation if overused or applied to unsuitable skin types. And if you're quest is for soft, glowing and radiant skin, sensitivity means that some chemical exfoliants will be too harsh and could make things worse.


However, a new chemical exfoliator has come to our rescue. Enter PHA, one of the latest chemical exfoliators that you’ve probably heard about for having comparable skin benefits to AHAs and BHAs, without some of the negative side effects. Making them a fantastic choice for all skin types, including sensitive! 

WHAT IS PHA? 

PHA, or Polyhydroxy Acid works like other AHAs and BHAs, such as Glycolic acid and Salicylic Acid, by dissolving the glue that holds together dead skin cells. The major difference is that PHA molecules are larger in size, so they penetrate less deeply and more slowly, which means they’re much less irritating than other traditional acids. 


Our BHA PHA Pore Refining Solution contains Gluconolactone, a type of PHA that has all the features needed for amazing skin-glow. Other types of PHAs are Galactosen and Lactobionic acid.


  • Galactose

    Made from the sugar found in milk, this PHA is used less than others but nevertheless, works well on exfoliating your skin gently

  • Lactobionic

    Another milk based PHA, its an oxidised form of milk and works as both a humectant and exfoliator

  • Gluconolactone

    The most popular PHA, its the one we use after all - this one has additional benefits. Made from Gluconic acid, it naturally occurs in honey, fruit and wine. 

WHY IS GLUCONOLACTONE ACID GOOD FOR MY SKIN? 

  • Gentle exfoliation

    Its exfoliating properties help to improve skin tone and texture, reduce excess oil and dark spots.

  • Hydration

    It is a humectant, so it helps to draw and retain moisture to the skin’s surface which helps strengthen our skins barrier. Hydration is key to keeping skin clear, as drying out our skin, by overusing high percentages of salicylic acid for example, can cause our skin to respond by overproducing oil, which leads to clogged pores & blemishes.

  • Skincare benefits

    In addition to the above (and this is what makes it different to the other PHAs) It is thought to have an antioxidant effect which neutralise free radicals, which helps to minimise fine lines, discolouration & redness.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU USE PHA + IS IT OK TO USE WITH OTHER SKINCARE INGREDIENTS? 

It’s always best to start slow, using them 1-2 times per week to test skins tolerance, then increasing the frequency as needed. Although PHAs are compatible with other ingredients, it is better to not layer with other acids or retinols if you have sensitive skin. Instead, apply separately - Gluconolactone in the morning and Glycolic acid or Retinol in the evening, for example. Its all about being sensible and taking it easy.

If you feel ready to try our PHAs now, you should take a look at our BHA PHA Pore Refining Solution. This is our newest addition to our range and is an exfoliator and hydrator - we love the dual benefits of this one!


It's a gentle serum suitable for sensitive skin that can easily be incorporated into regimes. Formulated with Betaine Salicylate (BHA) and Chamomile extract, its applied to cleansed skin before moisturisers to help reduce pore appearance and blackhead formation, whilst keeping skin hydrated, smooth & glowing. 

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We hope that you've found this blog helpful - if you have any questions or would like to share your skincare journey with us, we'd love to hear from you. You can get in touch via the form below or by DM on IG. 

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