When we think about anti-aging skin care we often think serums and boosters and more often then not we over look the benefits of a simple acid peel that gives us that fresh radiant complexion that most of us desire.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids(AHA’s) - is a naturally occurring ingredient, that offers many benefits to the skin, from rejuvenating to collagen boosting. Derived from plants such as sugar cane its botanical properties help to treat many skin conditions including acne, melasma and seborrheic keratosis.
Considered the holy grail for exfoliation, AHA's effectively exfoliate the outermost layer of dead cells to reveal a fresh new layer that is brighter and smoother.
Skin Benefits Of AHA's
- A brighter complexion
- Smoother skin
- Collagen production
- More firm and supple skin
- Fewer blemishes
- Lightened dark spots
The next generation of AHA's are much more gentle and are very well tolerated by sensitive skin. AHA's also help improve dry skin conditions because they allow for better absorption of moisturizers and treatment serums.
AHA's Work By:
- Breaking down sebum and other substances that bind cells together
- AHA's are made up of small molecules that can penetrate the skin and are the best type of acid for treating fine lines, acne, blackheads, dullness, oiliness and uneven texture.
Things To Consider When Using AHA
- Your skin needs time to adjust to a AHA particularly if the percentage is high, it's always best to start with a low percentage and work your way up.
- Your skin may start to flake which is exactly what you want as long as it does not cause irritation and redness that doesn't go away.
- Use of other products containing Vitamin A, or Accutane can cause a reaction so you have to make sure to follow all usage guidelines.
- It makes your skin more sensitive to the sun, so its extra important to wear sunscreen when using any AHA products and avoid the sun.
Different Types Of Acids:
- Glycolic Acid: The smallest acid that is capable of penetrating the skin and is good for cellular turnover and smoothing the complexion.
- L + Lactic Acid:Is an excellent antimicrobial that reduces pigmentation, breaks down sebum and debris to clear clogged pores.
- Beta-hydroxy Acids, or BHAs:Which you probably best know as Salicylic Acid is especially helpful because it breaks down the keratin that blocks pores and causes bumpy skin and acne lesions. Particularly useful in treating all forms of acne.
- Polyhydroxy Acids, or PHAs: Found in Gluconolactone are the perfect acid for sensitive skin, PHAs are a more gentle form of AHAs with large molecules they can't pentrate as deeply into the skin, so exfoliation is more gentle. PHAs are also humectants that can retain moisture. They also strengthen the skin's barrier function which is especially helpful for rosacea and eczema.