Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA)
Alpha Hydroxy Acids are a category of acids that exfoliate and brighten skin. They help increase cell turnover rate to reveal fresh skin. As a result they improve skin texture, fine lines and tackle hyperpigmentation and dullness.
They are derived from fruits, milk, sugars and include the following: glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, tartaric acid, citric acid and mandelic acid.
What Skin Concerns Do AHAs Help With?
& Uneven Skin Tone
Rough & Textured Skin
Brightening Dark Spots
Fading Acne Marks
How To Add AHAs To Your Routine
Which type of AHA should I Use?
There are many types of alpha hydroxy acids, and while they perform the same function - they may vary in their strengths.
Glycolic Acid: is considered the strongest AHA that is commonly used in skincare. Due to its small molecular size, it is able to penetrate the skin quickly and deeply.
Lactic acid: is milder than glycolic acid and also helps hydrate the skin
Mandelic Acid: is the ideal AHA acid for sensitive skin, and it has anti-inflammatory properties as well
1-3 times a week
Use at night (especially if you're a beginner) as your skin sensitivity increases when you use an exfoliant. It can also increase sensitivity to sunlight (photosensitivity) for some people.
Regular sunscreen application required
AHA x BHA : You can pair them together. Either use a product with the combination or alternate them in your routine.
AHA x Vitamin C: Avoid using these two together, as Vitamin C, like AHAs, can have an exfoliating effect on the skin. Too much exfoliation can cause irritation and lead to a damaged skin barrier.
AHA x Niacinamide: The short answer is yes, you can pair these two together. However it is advisable to avoid using them on the same day.
Beginner Friendly Products:
If you're just starting out, a gentle AHA is the best option. This allows your skin to become used to the effects of the acid. As your skin adjusts, you can consider increasing the strength of your exfoliants if required.
If you want to use AHAs along with other exfoliants, try this line!
The Some By Mi range, uses different types of AHA in their products that work along with BHAs and PHAs (types of exfoliants). Together they provide a gentle but effective solution for various skin concerns.
PLUS, you can even use it as bodycare to reduce body acne, improve uneven patches or as regular aftercare for an active lifestyle.