Skin School

Skin School: Alpha Hydroxy Acids

by Madeleine Borgersen

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (or AHA’s) are radiance boosting, small line fading and pigmentation busting acids that allow other anti-ageing ingredients to penetrate faster and more effectively.

Skin School: Alpha Hydroxy Acids

They’re a chemical exfoliator, removing old, dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin without the harsh physical action of scrubbing.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid’s have been used for thousands of years with Cleopatra rumoured to soak in lactic acid filled milk to keep her skin queen-worthy. AHA’s like Glycolic Acid (the most common form of AHA) break down the bonds between dead skin cells and the rest of your skin allowing them to be easily washed away revealing younger and brighter skin.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids also encourage a bond between your skin cells and water encouraging hydration and boosting that glow!

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3 responses to “Skin School: Alpha Hydroxy Acids”

  1. Daniela says:

    Fantastic post! I have been loving the effects that AHA’s have had on my skin in the past few months. I’ve been using Liquid Gold and it’s done wonders! x

    Daniela | MissNewBeauty.net

  2. Love this Madeleine 🙂 Question – why would you choose an AHA over a BHA? What is the difference?!

    • Sure! AHA’s are naturally derived where as BHA (Salicylic Acid) is a chemical compound. The main difference is AHA’s are water soluble and BHA is oil soluble so they have different effects on the skin. BHA is great for acne prone skin as it breaks down oil and reduces inflammation. AHAs are more of a surface exfoliator better for resurfacing and anti-ageing 🙂

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