Alpha hydroxyl acids (such as glycolic acid, citric acid, lactic acid, hydroxycarprylic acid and malic acid) are plant and animal derived acids.
These magical acids work by weakening the cellular glue that hold dead skin cells together, thereby acting as an exfoliant making them ideal for acne prone skin and skin with light pigmentation.
They can also be used at much higher concentrations for darker pigmentations and this is normally offered under dermatologist supervision.
They have a long proven track record
At higher concentrations, Alpha Hydroxy Acids penetrate deeper into the dermal layers of the skin, promoting collagen and elastin production. The result of their magical work is:
Glycolic acid have the ability to penetrate the deepest and fastest and thus; is the most effective in stimulating collagen production. Due to its fast acting nature, glycolic acid can be more irritating than other hydroxy acids. The irritation can be reduced with strategic formulation and also by slowly introducing Alpha Hydroxy Acids into your skincare routine.
Similar to glycolic acid, lactic acid exfoliates the upper layers of the skin, thereby reducing dryness and flakiness.
Lactic acid is a larger molecular molecule when compared to glycolic acid, making their actions more gentle and better tolerated by those with sensitive skin.
These are lipophilic (great for skin penetration) and have anti-inflammatory properties, making them ideal for acne cream.
When is the best time to use these products?
Alpha Hydroxy Acid containing products can be used morning or night. We do highly recommend you use a sunscreen whilst using products containing Alpha Hydroxy Acids so you do not undo all the hard work. Alpha-H Liquid Gold is a good example of a long time favourite anti ageing cream containing Alpha Hydroxy Acids.
If you are after a product without parabens, sulphates or mineral oil, try the Anti-Stress Age Perfector and Anti-Stress Skin Perfectorby ellé derm australia.These contain 10% AHA to gently exfoliate, regenerate and retexturise the skin epidermal and dermal layers. They are also formulated with prebiotics to restore the skin’s natural microbiome, keeping it healthy in it's natural state.
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