Exfoliating with an acid is a very important step in good daily skin care. The word ‘acid’ may scare you, but an acid is very mild on the skin. At home you can get started with low concentrations of acids. Acids are used for various indications such as acne, sun damage, anti aging, scars. Did you know that even pigment can be treated with an acid? This blog is about different AHA acids and their effectiveness.
1. AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids)
These acids are water-soluble and in the right concentrations have a peeling effect on the skin. They have a small molecule and can therefore penetrate deep into the skin. The acids loosen the top layer of dead skin cells, revealing new, healthy skin cells. In addition, these acids stimulate cell renewal in the lower layers of the skin and improve the moisture balance in the skin. Finally, they stimulate the production of collagen, which makes wrinkles fade.
The well-known AHA acids are:
– Glycolic acid: Glycolic acid removes dead skin cells, has a moisture binding effect in the skin, which improves the moisture balance, makes superficial pigmentation spots less visible and in high concentrations glycolic acid stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. Products with glycolic acid are very suitable for dehydrated skin, dull skin, rough skin structure, skin with pigmentation spots and skin with starting wrinkles.
– Lactic acid: Lactic acid is also used in both products and peels. This is due to the brightening and bactericidal effect of this ingredient. Products with lactic acid are very suitable for skin with pigmentation spots, acne, rosacea and rosacea.
2. BHAs (Beta Hydroxic Acids)
BHA is also known as salicylic acid. This acid is oil-soluble, allowing it to penetrate into the pores and dissolve sebum and rinse the pores clean again. This makes salicylic acid very suitable for acne-prone skin or acne scars. In addition, BHAs have the same properties as AHAs, namely: softening the top layer of dead skin cells, stimulating cell division, filling wrinkles and fine lines by stimulating collagen and elastin and giving the skin a beautiful glow.
3. Azelaic Acid
This acid has a fourfold effect, namely: antibacterial, exfoliating (removal of dead skin cells), anti-inflammatory and brightening. This ingredient is very effective for acne-prone skin, rosacea and skin with pigmentation spots.
The use of acids would therefore in many cases be a nice addition to your daily skin care. It is important to build up the use of acids, so that the skin can get used to it, and not to use acids too often, this could have the opposite effect. To be sure that you are using the right skin care, we recommend that you schedule a free, no-obligation intake interview with us. During an intake we will discuss all your wishes and take a close look at your skin. We will then advise you on the products that best suit your skin and, if necessary, draw up a treatment plan for you. In this way we can give you honest and complete advice, so that your skin can be visibly improved.
Frequency of using Skincare Acids
First things first, always read the product instructions. The frequency will vary depending on the product, some can be used twice a day and others once a day or less. You should also take into account how how your skin responds – so start slow and gradually increase the usage once you are sure that your skin is tolerating it well.