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Alphahydroxy acid (AHA) treatment for skin wrinkles

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Alphahydroxy acid (AHA) treatment for skin

Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) is one type of solution that is used in chemical peel procedures to improve blemished and wrinkled skin.

Types of alphahydroxy acids include:

  • Glycolic acid
  • Lactic acid
  • Fruit acid

AHA's are available in different concentrations ranging from less than 10% (for over the counter use) and up to 70% and are the mildest of all the chemcial peel treatment solution options.

Why use Alphahydroxy acid (AHA)?

Typically, patients who choose to use AHA chemcial peels versus other chemical solutions choose to do so because there is significantly faster recovery and healing time.

Alphahydroxy acid (AHA) produces different results based on the concentration used.

  • Less than 10% strength: requires frequent applications
  • 20%-30%: administered by a cosmetologist and the results are similar to receiving a microdermabrasion. Results last between 3 to 6 months
  • 30%-70%: administered by a doctor and the expected results are that fine wrinkles and surface scars are removed. Results last between 2 to 5 years

The higher the AHA concentration, the longer time it takes to recover. At the higher concentrations the following effects can be expected to last anywhere from one to four weeks.

  • Severe redness of the skin
  • Flaky skin
  • Oozing skin

Skin care products containing alphahydroxy acid

There are many over the counter skin care products that contain alpha hydroxy acids including:

  • Moisturizers
  • Cleansers
  • Creams
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

AHA produces the best results when it is given some time to absorb into the skin. For this reason, some experts suggest that using moisturizers rather than cleansers that contain AHA is more beneficial because cleansers get washed off.

Be cautious when purchasing products that are labled with AHA since manufacturers are not required to reveal the concentration of AHA in their forumulas.

It is very important to apply sunscreen frequently after undergoing any form of chemical peel procedure, as new skin is easily susceptible to burning.


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