Glycolic Acid Skin Care
alpha hydroxy lotion is the most effective of the AHA's
Glycolic acid skin care products are considered to be the most effective of the alpha hydroxy acids -AHA's- primarily because they can penetrate the skin so well, exfoliating away dead skin cells that increases the production of healthy skin cells.
Glycolic acid is a natural organic acid that is primarily extracted from sugar cane and beets.
In addition to the current use of alpha hydroxy lotion as an anti-aging treatment, glycolic acid products has a long history as an extremely effective treatment for acne.
In addition to the wide range of rejuvenating attributes which include stimulating cell turnover which, over time, will reveal younger, healthier looking skin, glycolic acid has the wonderful beneficial side effect of inhibiting the outbreak of acne and blemishes!
Clinical documentation on the effectiveness of glycolic acid skin care products is well established as a treatment for:
- stimulating skin repair
- increasing collagen production
- increasing skin thickness
- improving skin elasticity
- reducing hyperpigmentation
- diminishing acne
- improving skin texture
- improving skin tone
- decreasing enlarged pores
Look for concentrations of at least 8% to 10% when selecting
a glycolic acid product.
The lower the concentration, the less effective the treatment will be. Be sure to let the skin become accustomed gradually to any alpha hydroxy lotion due to potential reactions which can include skin irritation, redness, flaking, and dryness.
Glycolic acid treatments involving concentrations over 15% should be administered by a professional.
Lighter skin peels performed in a spa will have a concentration of up to 20% to 30%.
The higher concentrations are used for deeper skin peels under the supervision of a Physician because as the term "peel" suggests, high concentrations of glycolic acid is literally intended to peel off the outermost layer of skin in order to diminish the appearance of age spots, hyperpigmentation, scarring, fine lines and wrinkles.
If you intend to incorporate a chemical exfoliation treatment into your daily skin care regime be sure to give your skin a rest every month or so because the capacity of skin cells to renew themselves isn't infinite.
Be sure to take an occasional week off from all exfoliation every few weeks to give the skin cells a sufficient respite from regenerating new cells.
As with any AHA it is essential to use sunscreen because the skin sensitivity to the sun increases significantly.
Be sure to visit the skin care shop to view all anti-aging skin care treatments grouped in categories for specific aging skin conditions or by active facial rejuvenation ingredient.
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