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AHAs: Overview

What Are AHAs?

Anti-aging and skin care products added with AHAs are flooding the market. Alpha hydroxy acids are supposed to

  • Smoothen fine lines and surface wrinkles
  • Improve skin texture and tone
  • Unblock and cleanse pores

AHAs also improve oily skin or acne, and improve skin condition in general. AHAs or Alpha Hydroxy Acids are not new to skin care. Legends of Cleopatra's milk baths are well known in beauty and skin care. Polynesians used sugarcane and fruit juices to soften their skin. The factor common to the properties of these natural products is this group of natural substances found in sugarcane, fruits, milk, molasses, etc., called AHA.

What are AHA molecules?
To find out if a cosmetic contains an AHA, look on the list of ingredients. AHA ingredients may be listed as:

Glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, citric acid, glycolic acid + ammonium glycolate, alpha-hydroxyethanoic acid + ammonium alpha-hydroxyethanoate, alpha-hydroxyoctanoic acid, alpha-hydroxycaprylic acid, hydroxycaprylic acid, mixed fruit acid, tri-alpha hydroxy fruit acids, triple fruit acid, sugarcane extract, alpha hydroxy and botanical complex, L-alpha hydroxy acid glycomer in cross linked fatty acids alpha nutrium (three AHAs).

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