What is AHA?

AHA, also known as Alpha hydroxy acids, is a natural acid that is commonly used for exfoliation on skin, and to treat specific skin concerns, leaving you with a smoother, brighter, more youthful-looking skin.

AHA can remove our dead skin cells by breaking down the substance joining our skin cells together, hence loosening the top layer of our skin, and reach the exfoliating effects.

AHA is very beneficial to the skin, and can treat a lot of specific skin concerns, here are some of its Benefits:

  1. Gentle exfoliation: AHA is a chemical exfoliant, which is a lot gentler compared to other physical exfoliant, like face scrubs. Using AHA will cause less irritation and is a lot less harsh than using traditional method of exfoliation.

  2. Improve skin texture: AHA, as a chemical exfoliant, can remove dry and flakey skin, hence reducing appearance of dry skin, and blemishes, leaving you a smoother-looking skin.

  3. Reducing signs of ageing: UV rays from the sun slows down the turnover of new skin cells, which will lead to fine lines, and wrinkles. AHA can remove the top layer of skin cells, which is usually dead cells, revealing the fresh skin cells underneath. Hence fasten the process of turnover of the new skin cells and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. AHA can also increase the level of collagen, which will restore elasticity in your skin.

  4. Reduce hyperpigmentation: Using AHA regularly can help to fade dark spots, for example, sunspots, age spots, and so. However, AHA peels, which is commonly used for this purpose, might cause the occurrence of dark spots, or change in skin tone on darker skin.

  5. Reduce Acne: AHA can reduce acne by removing dead skin cells, that could block your pores.

There are several AHA that is commonly found in the market:

  1. Lactic Acid: Suitable for dry and very dry skin

  2. Glycolic Acid: Suitable for all Skin types, except sensitive skin

  3. Malic Acid: Suitable for all Skin types, except sensitive skin

  4. Citric Acid: Suitable for all Skin types, except sensitive skin

  5. Tartaric Acid: Suitable for dry skin

  6. Mandelic Acid: Suitable for oily, acne-prone, and sensitive skin


Although there are different types of AHA, they all perform similar effects on the skin, therefore, use one that is suitable for your skin type!

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