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Is Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) Better for Acne?

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Is Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) Better for Acne?

AHAs- What are they?

AHAs or Alpha Hydroxy Acids are available in many formulations. You get them from Korean skincare or online stores. If you are prone to regular outbreaks of acne, it is time for you to think about using AHAs regularly to prevent them. Let us discuss why I think AHAs may work as preventives.

Acne & Pore Blocks

One of the main reasons for acne formation is blockage of the pore. If the pore remains open, acne would not form because excess sebum will go out on the skin and get washed away. The blocked pore allows sebum accumulation and inflammation.

AHAs are water-soluble commonly found in milk, sugarcane juice and many other natural products. These acids perform a very important function on the skin. They dissolve the cement that holds the dead skin cells together and removes the dead cells from the skin surface. While doing this, they open the pores. AHA could exfoliate dead skin cells and treat inflammatory acne.

AHAs may also reduce the size of enlarged pores, which are commonly seen in acne-prone skin. Skin cell turnover from exfoliating glycolic and lactic acids can even reduce acne scars. Some acne products also contain other AHAs to help soothe inflamed skin.

Types of AHAs

  • Glycolic Acid
  • Lactic Acid
  • Citric Acid
  • Tartaric Acid
  • Mandelic Acid

AHAs have great benefits for dry skin. It helps to diminish the look of lines and wrinkles, improving skin’s firmness, texture, and tone. It could hydrate and improve visible signs of sun damage make them ideal for dry skin with advanced signs of aging.

Please talk to your doctor and find out if you should use them and if yes, what strength. Your skin type will be important to consider. Please consult your doctor about AHAs.

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