do Alpha Hydroxy Acids work?
Acids work as exfoliants by speeding up the skin?s own natural shedding
process (which slows down as we get older), thereby encouraging
the skin to shed its surface coating of dead cells and replacing
them with new ones at a faster rate. AHAs effectively moisturizes
dry and severely dry skin.
the amount of superficial wrinkles
skin texture and tone
- helps manage
oily and acne skin problems
and cleanses the pores
- helps reduce
skin discoloration and age spots
Physical & chemical
exfoliation methods are different things.
between physical exfoliants, such as scrubs, loofahs, gloves, pads
and lasers, and chemical exfoliants, such as AHA?s (Alpha Hydroxy
Acids), is that physical exfoliants apply force to physically remove
the dead cells from the skin?s surface, while the chemical AHA?s
exfoliate by breaking up the intercellular glue that causes skin
cells to stick together. Alpha Hydroxy Acids are discriminatory
exfoliaters, as they remove only the cells that are dead already
and leave the live, healthy ones to remain.
AHA makes skin
tingle upon application.
This has nothing
to do with the product working, it is just your skin adjusting to
the AHA. If however, you experience irritation simply rinse off
the product and discontinue use.
the first few weeks you may see the signs of flaking.
It is common
to experience some slight dryness and flakiness when using AHA.
As new healthier skin cells come to surface, that flakiness will
be replaced with radiant new skin. The texture will feel softer.
Don?t use an Alkaline (with a pH of 7 or higher), cleanser, foundation,
etc. in conjunction with an AHA product. It will negate the acid
component within the AHA, therefore making it ineffective. Harsh
scrubs and cleansing grains and tanning should be avoided since
they tend to negate the positive effects of AHAs.