Everything You Need to Know About AHA: Will it Really Benefit the Skin?

Alpha Hydroxy Acid or also called as “AHA” have been getting plenty of attention in the world of skincare glow goals for doing miracles on your skin through exfoliation. There are a lot of huge brands that have been jumping on the bandwagon, including some of your most loved K-beauty brands. So, if you are still curious about AHA and want to try it, we will give you reasons why you should start using them. Keep on reading!


What is AHA?

Generally, acids are the stuff that you want in your skincare routine. They simply help to exfoliate and give you a even, clear, and glowing skin. This is the reason why Korean women are so addicted to them, and Seoul even launches more high-profile products that are rife with this radiance-boosting ingredient.

AHAs refers to a group of acids that are known for their huge variety of benefits. They are a group of plant and animal-derived acids used in a variety of skincare products. These acids help smooth fine lines, diminish dark spots, soften texture, and minimize pores. It’s going to help your skin live its best life.

Basically, AHA commands your skin cells to turn over or to ‘refresh’. They come in different variations which all work to rejuvenate the skin but have differing strengths. Since the skin is compared to a brick wall, the skin cells (keratinocytes) are the bricks and the mortar (the glue that clasps it all together) is composed of ceramides, lipids, and cholesterol. Chemical exfoliants do their job to break down the cellular bonds so dead skin cells can be abolished from the top layer of the skin. Once the old and dead skin is removed, the skin will reveal a fresh surface, the topmost layer of the skin that can instantly improve its appearance, giving you that admired Korean glow.


Although they’re mainly used to exfoliate, AHA also helps to:

  • boost collagen and improve blood flow
  • brighten up discoloration from scars and age spots
  • lessen the appearance of surface lines and wrinkles
  • avoid acne breakouts
  • brighten up your complexion
  • increase product absorption


How do they function?

A variety of acids comprise the AHA family. Although they just do the same thing, they are different from each other since it’s really about how they’re made up and their interaction with the skin. AHA has four main types:

  1. Glycolic- This acid is considered to be the golden child of the AHA family. It’s an anti-aging ingredient as it boosts collagen and elastin production. Plus, it’s very hydrating too!
  2. Lactic- This acid is a great option if you have sensitive skin because it’s a larger molecular structure than Glycolic. This means it penetrates into your skin slower, resulting in less of a possibility of inflammation.
  3. Malic- Acids such as Malik is normally obtained from fruit like lemons, apples, and oranges. This is why it’s often called “fruit acids” which has humectant properties that are perfect for normal to dry skin.
  4. Mandelic- Known for its antioxidant properties, Mandelic acid is an amazing anti-aging ingredient as it protects the skin from free radicals and strengthens collagen, which is the foundation of healthy, happy skin.


On the Note

If you want a great exfoliating skincare product, then you might want to consider using AHA. AHAs are well-researched beauty products because of their strong effects, but they are not made for everyone. Make sure to consult your dermatologist or skincare specialist firs before putting these types of products to your skin, especially if you’ve already had preexisting skin conditions. Your dermatologist knows what’s the best AHA for your skin type and skincare goals.

Ivandrea is a daytime writer for Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy, one of Australia’s leading makeup and skincare brand with 85 concept store, over 100 department store counters. Ivandrea loves anything skincare-related and also believes that makeup is another form of art. She is also a content crafter who researches and writes custom content about travel, fashion, finance, business, home improvements, health, and beauty in order to provide helpful information and tips for her readers. Ivandrea graduated from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016.

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