Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA)
Alpha-Hydroxy Acids are part of the organic acid family. What this means is the body can use it at the cellular level to perform metabolic functions, therefore they have the ability to provide nutrition and hydration to the skin cells.
The most common AHA’s are Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid. These acids will penetrate into the skin where the body uses them to do a variety of functions. They begin to change the skin by changing the cells. Building blocks of collagen (plumpness) and elastin (ability to stretch) are greatly enhanced with AHA’s. The body can also use AHA’s to improve hydration of the skin.
When using AHA’s, there may not be any visible flaking of the skin. The chemicals are hard at work detaching the lower levels of the stratum corneum, the top layer of skin that is constantly regenerating. The result is younger skin cells on the surface of the stratum corneum, which in turn helps your skin to appear younger and healthier.
AHA’s are not speedy. The results are delayed: very subtle over time. They are very effective because they work from the inside out. These acids work especially well with mature or pre-maturely aging skin where the regeneration of skin cells slows down and the stratum corneum holds on to dead skin cells a little longer. This is what makes skin look dull and tired.
How you can use AHA's to benefit your skin
Get a jump start on improving your skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles. We recommend an in office chemical exfoliation with our Esthetician. There are three different professional treatment options to get you going: Multivitamin Power Exfoliant, Lactic Action peel and an AHA peel, which combines both glycolic and lactic acids. Our esthetician can help you determine which will work best for you.
Continue the cellular benefits at home with Dermalogica Skin Resurfacing cleanser (lactic acid) or Glymed Gentle Facial Wash (glycolic acid).
All services and products are available in our office.