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How To Use Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA)

 

How-To Guide for Alpha Hydroxy Acid

Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are touted as a miracle skin care ingredient, and for very good reason. They can be used in a wide range of products, from chemical peels to toners. Our skin is an organ which naturally exfoliates and rids itself of old, dead skin cells. As we age, and encounter environmental stressors like sun or pollution, this process slows down. But utilizing Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) can deliver a boost to impart that glowing, healthy skin!

AHAs can help to enhance collagen production in the skin fibroblasts, and are shown to reduce skin discoloration, reduce the signs of aging, and lower your chance of having a breakout.

While highly effective, you must use products containing AHAs correctly to reap the most benefit. This guide explains the best practices, so you can enjoy clear, bright skin.

Glycolic acid is the most common type of AHA. It’s also made from a widely available plant: sugar cane.
Glycolic acid provides significant exfoliation. This makes it an all-around treatment for many skin concerns. And thanks to its antimicrobial properties, it may even help prevent acne breakouts.

Lactic acid is another common AHA. Unlike other AHAs made from fruits, lactic acid is made from lactose in milk. It’s also known for its significant exfoliation and anti-aging effects.

Tartaric acid is another type of AHA. It’s made from grape extracts, and may help alleviate signs of sun damage and acne

Mandelic acid contains larger molecules derived from almond extracts. It can be combined with other AHAs to increase exfoliation. Used alone, the acid may improve texture and pore size.


Follow the Instructions
Products containing low concentrations of AHAs can be used on a daily basis. However, products with higher concentrations should only be used a few times a week. The key is to read and follow the instructions on the bottle to the letter. That way you can enjoy the benefits of AHAs without irritating your skin.


Use a Gentler AHA If You Have Sensitive Skin
Glycolic acid is recommended for people with sensitive skin because it’s a gentler AHA. People with sensitive skin are also encouraged to use AHA products that are rinsed away, as opposed to creams that remain on the face. Test out products on a small area of the skin to start. If it doesn’t cause irritation, it’s safe to use on the rest of your face.

AHAs are strong humectants that could cause peeling or drying if used too frequently. As with any product start slowly and intermittently to see what your skin can tolerate!


Protect Your Skin from the Sun
The clarifying effect of AHAs also makes your skin more susceptible to sun damage. As a result, you must apply sunscreen religiously when using these products. Select a brand that provides broad spectrum protection, which means it protects you from both UVA and UVB rays.

 

Here at Hale Cosmeceuticals, we carry many products containing AHAs. Our Triple Fusion Pumpkin Mask uses THREE (3) different AHAs to bring exfoliating and anti-aging benefits to the skin! Our Dermist GSL Cleanser also uses AHAs to help exfoliate and as you cleanse your skin. Our ORAC Lifting Complex is a great moisturizer which uses AHAs to reduce pore size, while hydrating the skin

Be sure to contact us for more information on our amazing skin care products. You can also visit the website to learn more about what makes our company so unique.

 

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