Barulab | The Clean Vegan AHA/BHA Mask
Barulab The Clean Vegan AHA/BHA Mask is a vegan sheet mask. Formulated with AHA & BHA that is known for its exfoliating properties, removing dead skin cells and excessive sebum while giving the skin suppleness and luminous glow. The sheet mask has a balanced pH level of 5.5. Both its formula and sheet are 100% vegan and certified by the Korean Vegan Association.
Recommended for oily/combination skin including sensitive skin:
- Remove dead skin cells
- Glowing skin
- Vegan certified.
- EWG Verified -For your health.
- Cruelty-free/Not tested on animals
Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Carbomer, Arginine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Allantoin, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Cupressus Sempervirens Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Caprylyl Glycol, Tartaric Acid(10ppm), Betaine Salicylate(10ppm)
What is an AHA?
AHA stands for alpha-hydroxy acid—a type of acid that is derived from sugarcane, milk or fruit. As chemical exfoliators, AHAs work by peeling away the dead skin cells on the skin surface, revealing the fresh new skin cells underneath.
Here are the different types of AHAs you'll see in skincare products:
- Glycolic acid: The most common AHA, derived from sugarcane. It is also the strongest, due to its small molecule size, but that makes it the most irritating, too.
- Lactic acid: The second most common AHA, derived from milk. It's a gentler alternative to glycolic acid, and can be appropriate for sensitive skin.
- Mandelic acid: A mild AHA derived from bitter almonds. As it is weaker than lactic acid, it's usually combined with other acids. Notably, Dr. Loren Pickart considers mandelic acid to be a neurotoxin (see study)!
- Malic acid: A mild AHA derived from apples. Like mandelic acid, it won't do enough on its own, so you'll typically see it in combination with stronger AHAs.
- Tartaric acid: An AHA derived from grapes. Instead of acting as an exfoliant, it is more often used to stabilize other acids' pH levels.
- Citric acid: An AHA derived from citrus fruits. It is similar to tartaric acid in that it regulates pH. It is also used as a preservative.
What is a BHA?
BHA stands for beta-hydroxy acid, a type of acid found in willow tree bark, wintergreen leaves or sweet birch bark. BHAs are chemical exfoliators that soften and dissolve keratin, a protein that forms part of the skin structure. This helps to loosen dead skin cells, so they're easily sloughed off. BHAs also work inside the pores, where they not only dissolve keratin plugs, but also help to regulate keratinization (cell turnover and shedding).
The main BHA exfoliants you'll see in skincare products are:
- Salicylic acid: The most common BHA, and also the strongest BHA. However, it is not as irritating as glycolic acid (the strongest AHA) because it has a large molecule size, as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
- Betaine salicylate: A BHA derived from sugar beets. It is a gentler alternative to salicylic acid, and according to a study by the manufacturer, is equally effective. (Four percent betaine salicylate is said to be equivalent to two percent salicylic acid.)
- Salix alba or willow bark extract: A natural BHA extracted from plants. Although the salicin content converts into salicylic acid, it is much weaker (so it won't give you comparable results for exfoliating or treating acne).