AHA ACIDS IN SKINCARE

Below is a complete guide as to what alpha hydroxy acids will benefit your skin type or concern. 

What are AHA'S?

Alpha hydroxy acids are derived from fruit and milk sugars. They are a chemical exfoliant which means they cause the cells on the top layer of the skin (epidermis) to become "unglued" which allows the dead skin cells to slough off, making room for regrowth of new skin.

GLYCOLIC

Derived from sugarcane and has one of the smallest molecules in AHAs found in skincare. It can penetrate deeper than any of the other common AHAs, making it one of the strongest AHAs, but also one of the harshest and is not recommended for sensitive skin. 
Skin Type  Skin Benefits 

All except sensitive

  • Clears hyperpigmentation 

 

LACTIC

Derived from diary products and not recommended for people with milk allergies.

This is a gentler AHA that is a great starter acid.

Skin Type  Skin Benefits 
Dry
  • Improves skin natural moisture factor.  
  • Simulates collagen production.  

 

MANDELIC

Derived from almonds and not recommended for people with nuallergies.

It does not penetrate your skin as fast as other acids and also shows effects slower. Mandelic acid is an excellent solution for people who have sensitive skin that is easily prone to rashes and irritation. 

Skin Type  Skin Benefits 
Sensitive 
  • Improves skin natural moisture factor.  
  • Simulates collagen production.  

 

TARTARIC

Derived from many plants such as grapes, apricots, avocados, apples, and tamarinds. 
Skin Type  Skin Benefits 
Dry
  • An antioxidant, with the ability to protect your skin from the harmful ravages of free radicals
 

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