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AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) are exfoliants derived from fruits that naturally balance your skin’s pH. Chances are you’ve come across this multipurpose ingredient in your skincare routine. At Monks, we use AHAs in our deodorant sprays for their ability to effectively target odor-causing bacteria, making them an excellent replacement for aluminum salts which work by plugging your pores to make you sweat less. Plus, AHAs can help reduce hyperpigmentation.

What are AHAs?

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are a group of fruit-derived acids that naturally balance your skin’s pH. A multi-purpose ingredient with a variety of applications and benefits, AHAs are the stary ingredient of our deodorant sprays for their ability to target odor-causing bacteria.

I’ve seen AHAs in my face wash before, but how do they work in deodorant?

Body odor is caused by bacteria that live in our armpits feeding on our sweat. These bacteria need an alkaline pH in order to thrive. By lowering the skin’s pH to a more acidic level, AHAs effectively stop body odor at the source.

What are the benefits of AHAs?

ide from being master pH regulators and odor-fighters, AHAs help to smooth underarms and reduce hyperpigmentation. They have also been shown to protect against and treat ingrown hairs.

Why not use baking soda instead of AHAs?

While baking soda does help to absorb odor, it’s extremely alkaline which essentially encourages odor-causing bacteria. This may help explain why baking soda-based natural deodorants only seem to work for short periods of time.

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