Fight Acne, Dark Spots, and Wrinkles
Hearing the word “acid”, causes me to think about the awful, burning liquid known to eat away anything it touches. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Acids, when it comes to the skin are topical leave-on treatments designed to remove accumulated dead cells on the skin’s top surface, thus forcing healthier, happier skin cells to the top. Additionally, exfoliants are unique in their own way as they work diligently to loosen the “glue-like” substance that holds the top layers of the skin together thus sloughing away dead and thickened skin. This process gives the skin a glow like you’ve never seen, improves tone and texture, controls excessive oil buildup, minimizes acne, and with weekly use, can help eliminate rough, dull-looking skin. But not all skin acids work the same or offer the same benefits.
For instance, alpha hydroxy acids or AHAs are better for those with dry, thickened, rough, or sun-damaged skin. Beta hydroxy acids or BHAs are lipid-soluble and work to penetrate (exfoliate within) the lining of pores, making them a great choice for those with blemishes, blackheads, and oily skin. One fascinating property of BHAs is that they allow for deeper penetration within the pore and can be less irritating than AHAs, thus making them multifunctional and the primary choice for those with sensitive skin. Further, both AHAs and BHAs when compared to skin scrubs are the cream of the crop and should never be substituted for pineapple enzymes, rice, beads, oat, or pumice-based scrubs. Thus leading me to clarify the different forms of AHAs and BHAs.
Lactic, citric, malic, tartaric, and glycolic acids with glycolic acid being the most widely used and the most effective are forms of alpha hydroxy acids. Beta hydroxy acids on the other hand come in the form of salicylic acid, a derivative of aspirin and is usually found in products designed to fight acne, blemishes, and boost collagen. According to Skin Incand research conducted at St. Louis University School of Medicine, beta hydroxy acids performed significantly better in the improvement of acne compared to that of alpha hydroxy acids. However, AHAs may be well-suited for those with photodamaged and or wrinkled skin.
|AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids)||BHAs (beta hydroxy acids)|
|AHAs work to correct: wrinkles, photodamage / sun damage, uneven skin tone, thickened skin, dullness||BHAs work to correct: acne, oiliness, sensitivity, thickness, wrinkles, roughness, uneven skin tone|
Lastly, if you are one of the millions of women searching for bright, vibrant, younger-looking skin, then utilizing a skin acid is one of the best options for you. The hardest decision you may need to make is deciding which acid will work best. To make it easier, keep in mind your reason for buying a skin acid. Keep an eye on the focus of your problem (thickened skin, acne, wrinkles, sun damage) and begin your quest. Also, keep in mind that AHAs work best in concentrations over 4% while BHAs work great in concentrations of 1% and 2%.
Cheers to happy glowing skin!
Cheers to healthy and happy skin!
K.D. Gates \ celsaderm.com
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