plural BHAs
: a phenolic antioxidant C11H16O2 used especially to preserve fats and oils in food

BHA

2 of 2

abbreviation or noun

plural BHAs
: beta hydroxy acid
BHAs or a combination of AHAs and BHAs are best for the breakout-prone.Valerie Monroe

Examples of BHA in a Sentence

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Noun
This shampoo contains 3% salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that removes the dead cells that build up on the surface of the skin, causing itchy and uncomfortable patches, says Dr. Zeichner. April Benshosan, Verywell Health, 9 May 2024 The elixir pairs peptides, AHA/BHA (specifically, glycolic, mandelic, lactic, and phytic acid), bioferments, shea butter, and papain into a silky exfoliant that smooths skin texture, conditions flaky skin, and soothes irritation. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 29 Feb. 2024 Farmacy Deep Sweep 2% BHA Toner contains 2% salicylic acid, as well as naturally exfoliating papaya enzymes to kick sebum to the curb without causing irritation. Kayla Blanton, Verywell Health, 6 Dec. 2023 Formulated with pumice and jojoba esters, and boosted AHA/BHA/PHA chemical exfoliants, the scrub grips, polishes and smooths skin. Angela Lei, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 This Limited-Edition 2023 Best of the Best Kit features five of the brand's superstar products, including the Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser, 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment, 10% Azelaic Acid Booster, and C15 Super Booster. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 21 Nov. 2023 Newlyweds Miss Their Own Wedding Reception After Being Stuck in Elevator for 2 Hours The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) said repairs to the elevator could take some time. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 27 Sep. 2023 Price at time of publish: $220 Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial AHA + BHA Mask 4.8 View on Ulta View On Amazon View On Drunkelephant.com Celebrities swear by this resurfacing mask, and for good reason. Quincy Bulin, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Sep. 2023 The Lip Plump, an AHA/BHA and Vitamin C lip product, is the key to voluminous lips for day and night. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 23 Aug. 2023
Abbreviation or noun
This shampoo contains 3% salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that removes the dead cells that build up on the surface of the skin, causing itchy and uncomfortable patches, says Dr. Zeichner. April Benshosan, Verywell Health, 9 May 2024 The Case Against Raffle Tags Many state wildlife agencies offer their own version of the BHA’s raffle. Andrew McKean, Outdoor Life, 13 Mar. 2024 The elixir pairs peptides, AHA/BHA (specifically, glycolic, mandelic, lactic, and phytic acid), bioferments, shea butter, and papain into a silky exfoliant that smooths skin texture, conditions flaky skin, and soothes irritation. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 29 Feb. 2024 Farmacy Deep Sweep 2% BHA Toner contains 2% salicylic acid, as well as naturally exfoliating papaya enzymes to kick sebum to the curb without causing irritation. Kayla Blanton, Verywell Health, 6 Dec. 2023 Exfoliant type: Chemical Size: 1 oz. 10/22 Best for Uneven Skin Texture: SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser Glamour commerce writer Andrea Navarro considers this exfoliating face wash her go-to skin care product for tackling rough texture. Deanna Pai, Glamour, 4 Dec. 2023 Formulated with pumice and jojoba esters, and boosted AHA/BHA/PHA chemical exfoliants, the scrub grips, polishes and smooths skin. Angela Lei, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 This Limited-Edition 2023 Best of the Best Kit features five of the brand's superstar products, including the Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser, 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment, 10% Azelaic Acid Booster, and C15 Super Booster. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 21 Nov. 2023 Newlyweds Miss Their Own Wedding Reception After Being Stuck in Elevator for 2 Hours The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) said repairs to the elevator could take some time. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 27 Sep. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

butylated hydroxyanisole

First Known Use

Noun

1948, in the meaning defined above

Abbreviation Or Noun

1995, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of BHA was in 1948

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“BHA.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/BHA. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

BHA

1 of 2 noun
: a phenolic antioxidant C11H16O2 used especially to preserve fats and oils in food

called also butylated hydroxyanisole

BHA

2 of 2 abbreviation or noun
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