What you need to know about Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Alpha Hydroxy Acids, also known as AHAs are becoming very popular in the fight against aging skin and are getting added to most of the beauty and skin care products on the shelves of your favorite beauty stores.

AHAs are one of the ingredients that helps to keep our skin looking young for a longer time.

Here are the most commonly seen Alpha Hydroxy Acids used today.

Glycolic Acid– this is one of the most commonly used and popular Alpha Hydroxy Acids in skincare. It is derived naturally from sugar cane juice.

Glycolic acid has a very low molecular size. This low molecular size allows glycolic acid to penetrate skin faster. The dead skin cells that bind with the skin are removed by glycolic acid by loosening the glue that sticks the dead cells with the skin.

As the glue loosens, the dead cells exfoliate giving a cleaner look to the skin. Shedding dead cells faster also allows growth of new cells.

Glycolic Acids also smoothen fine wrinkles. This acid also helps in treatment of blackheads and dries out the excess surface oil on the skin.

It is also thought that glycolic acids stimulate collagen production to some extent. This acid also keeps the skin moisturized by keeping water bound to the skin and prevents drying of skin. It can also bleach some spots on the skin.

One added advantage of glycolic acid is that it helps other skin care ingredients reach deeper in the skin and makes them more effective.

Glycolic Acid is the godfather of Alpha Hydroxy Acids.


Lactic Acid– it is derived from milk. Milk baths have been popular since ages to get fresh skin and better skin care. That is because of the lactic acid. Lactic acid is a good skin moisturizer as it helps retain water in the skin. It is also an excellent exfoliater of dead skin cells.


Citric Acid – is derived from citrus fruits. It accelerates collagen production and also removes spots on the skin.

Citric acid is a great an effective antioxidant, as it neutralizes free radicals that age the skin.


The recommended dosage of Alpha Hydroxy Acids is very personal and specific to your skin type.  The dosages that are formulated into skincare products are generally safe for everybody to use.  For concentrated dosages dosage, consult with your dermatologist first.







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