We have always known that AHA’s (like glycolic or lactic acids) are a critical factor in helping maintain more youthful looking skin, now scientists have found the exact chemical pathway in the skin that means these naturally derived exfoliators are the most effective exfoliation mechanism. Read the article.
Glycolic is a smaller molecular size than the other AHA’s so it has the most pronounced effect but that also means it also creates the greatest sensation when applied on the skin. Some people refer to it as ‘burning’ but that expression is highly unlikely in reality….it may sting, or tingle, or itch, but all of this depends on the amount (%) of AHA in the formula and just how low the pH is. An effective AHA will be a lower pH than your skin, so I always look at the pH range 3.0 up to 4.0 (the higher the number the less acidic it is – so the less sensational it will be when applied to the skin).
Exfoliators are important in treating aging, sun damaged skin, as well as acne or dry and dull skin. AHA’s need to be applied frequently – at least 3 nights a week – but it may be necessary to go up to 7 nights a week to manage some tough skin conditions. It is best to use them at night, not in the morning. AHA peels are generally limited in effectiveness – the stronger Jessner or TCA peels will create a more effective upper skin layer peel.
Remember that ‘stronger’ is NOT better – causing major irritation in the skin is not part of the goal of achieving stronger and more youthful acting skin. Please do not adhere to the marketing BS that claims ‘no pain no gain’…your skin does not work the way marketers hype does…
The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.