Alpha Hydroxy Acids: Good or Bad?

Each day, you will find more and more products in the market, claiming to contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHA. It is now the hip and happening term of the market, every new product seems to be having it, and every beautician seems to talking about it.

But what is Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHA s? And why are they the new buzzword? Well, in short, it can be said that, compounds that are extracted from glucose found in fruits and milk. AHA is very effective for in rejuvenating the skin, diminishing wrinkles as well as heals the damage caused by photo aging on our skin.
AHA exfoliates dead cells from the skin, which persuades the skin to grow new cells to replace the old and the dead. AHA also encourages the production of compounds like collagen and elastin, which reduces the wrinkles and the elasticity of the skin.

Alpha hydroxy acids are now found in a extensive range of beauty products like moisturizers, eye creams, toners, foundations, cleansers in addition to several facial masks.

However, like all other skin care product, AHA should also be used in limited proportions. Overuse or unwise use of AHA can irritate the skin.

Remember, as much as AHA can heal photo aging damage, it may also increase the chances to get damage from photo aging. Pigment scarring can also be induced by the excessive use of AHA.

So, it is important to be careful when using AHA products. The best way to do it is to choose 1 or 2 products among all of the products that available in the market containing AHA, and then use other skin care products that are not contining AHA. This will reduce the amount of AHA applied to the skin, and subsequently, the chances of getting the skin irritated.