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Article: What is Lipohydroxy Acid (LHA) and why we LOVE it!

What is Lipohydroxy Acid (LHA) and why we LOVE it!

What is Lipohydroxy Acid (LHA) and why we LOVE it!


This post is to share general knowledge and information. It should not be used as a replacement for professional diagnosis and treatment. Remember to always consult your healthcare provider before making any health-related decisions, counseling, guidance and treatment for a specific medical or skin condition.



According to The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, Lipohydroxy Acid (LHA) is a “derivative of salicylic acid with unique properties”. We’ve commonly heard of salicylic acid (SA) in skincare, but LHA may sound new to the game. Though both ingredients have a common root and goal of exfoliation, LHA is a rising star due to its gentler but still just as effective abilities. Many – especially those with more sensitive skin, are opting for LHA as a step up in treating skincare troubles. The study sums up LHA’s strength succinctly as being “skin renewing, exfoliating, and acne treating”.


Studies have found that LHA seeps through skin at a gradual rate with a “cell-by-cell exfoliation,” lowering the risk of an allergic reaction. This also enables a thorough process of unclogging pores and lifting away dead skin.


LHA’s pH level is close to our skin’s ideal level (5.5) which decreases the risk of irritation when applied. Furthermore, LHA is active mainly on the skin’s outermost keratin layer, making it safer to use even for our friends with super-sensitive skin.


Traditionally, you may need a “break-in” period with skincare products that contain AHA or BHA. With LHA, that is not necessary. LHA has the same capacity as AHA or BHA but with significantly reduced rate of an allergic reaction. That’s why Rovectin’s LHA Blemish Ampoule can be used daily and even night & day!


In addition to exfoliation, LHA is “comedolytic,” which is a fancy way of saying that it is exceptional in unclogging cores with sebum and blackheads. This clears the way for more nutrients to be absorbed into your skin instead of trapping toxins, thus preventing acne.


Incorporating any sort of LHA into your skincare routine will definitely be worth your investment, seeing that we’ve created a larger version (coming reeeeal soon) of our LHA Blemish Ampoule to meet the demand! With that being said, still observe how your skin reacts to anything new no matter how good we say it is.

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