What are AHAs and what do they do to my skin?

By Fanny Joseph On Oct 22, 2014 05:24 AM
AHAs (Alpha-Hydroxy Acids) have become a bit of a buzzword in the beauty industry over the last few years. Also known as chemical exfoliants, these ingredients can pack a serious skincare punch. Sound scarily intense? Before you and your sensitive skin run a mile – allow me to explain. What are they? Generally derived from natural food produce, AHAs are commonly sourced as Glycolic acid (sugar cane), Lactic acid (sour milk), Malic acid (apples) and Citric acid (extracted via citrus fruits). AHAs work by dissolving dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, revealing the bright, healthy skin underneath and allowing your other products to penetrate deeper. Certain AHAs are a wonder ingredient for congested skin as they remove pore-blocking dead skin cells from its surface, which in turn helps to prevent blemishes and blackheads.
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