Facial skin care treatments for lightening skin
Alpha Hydroxy Acid
is an ingredient found in many facial
skin care treatments, but what you probably don’t know is that it has been
used to keep the skin looking young since the time of the ancient Egyptians.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHAs, as this group of compounds is known, include
glycolic, malic, citric, tartaric and lactic acids. You will find Alpha Hydroxy
Acid in many foods such as sugar cane, wine grapes, citrus fruits, apples, and
Today Alpha Hydroxy Acid is found in products such as facial
creams, sunscreen, shampoo, skin lightening products, and products formulated
to control acne. They are used in many different concentrations for chemical
peels, microdermabrasion, and other facial
skin care treatments that are performed in a physician’s or a
dermatologist’s office. These facial
skin care treatments have much higher Alpha Hydroxy Acid concentrations and
are deemed more effective; however, the procedures are also more expensive than
self-administered, over-the-counter products (OTC). The OTC products consumers
use at home generally contain about 5% concentrations, and never more than 10%.
Benefits of Alpha Hydroxy Acid
The ancient Egyptians knew that alpha hydroxyl acid could
reduce wrinkles and fine lines and other visible signs of aging. It can also exfoliate
and remove dead and dry skin cells that tend to make the skin appear dull and
lifeless, increase the blood flow, and renew the skin’s cells so they are
energized. AHA is also used for lightening
skin or evening out skin tones. It is often used to address hyperpigmentation
or brown spots caused by aging or sun damage. It will reduce blackheads and can
help control acne outbreaks.
Skincare products for at home peels contain AHA and are an
inexpensive way lightening skin a minimum of
effort; however, the low concentrations in the OTC products may provide only
limited results, making additional applications necessary. True results may take
as long as 6 months to be realized.
If you have a chemical peel or other treatment in a
physician’s office, the down time is longer. Skin takes time to heal and it may
look like you have experienced a bad sunburn for a few days, but the end
results can be amazing. With the higher concentrations used in the doctor’s
office, you will see immediate lightening
skin with a reduction or disappearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and the
effect can last up to five years, making it a good value for the money.