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Why is beta-hydroxy acid used for acne-prone skin?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Beta-hydroxy acid, or BHA, is different from other exfoliants in that it's oil-soluble. Since it can dissolve in oil, it can get inside oil-clogged pores (clogged pores are a cause of acne and blackheads) and remove dead skin cells to help unclog them.

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