How Best to Benefit From Alpha Hydroxy Acid Skincare

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Most people know that Alpha Hydroxy Acids can benefit the skin.  In particular Alpha Hydroxy Acid’s  are known to help fade blemishes and reduce the signs of ageing. However,  there is a lot of misinformation about how Alpha Hydroxy Acids are best used. Your skin is a remarkable and complex organ and should be treated with care and respect.
So How Can You Best Take Advantage Of The Benefits of Acid Skincare?
The first and most important point is that one-off peels are of little benefit. This surprises many people. People searching for dramatic  improvements are easily persuaded that a a home acid peel will give quicker, more effective results. This is especially so since many people are aware that surgical clinics sometimes use intense acid resurfacing to remove tattoos and scars. However such surgical procedures cannot be replicated with home peels.
The truth is that home peels are not an effective route to skin renewal. The reason for this is that he main benefits of using Alpha Hydroxy Acids are derived from the triggering of optimum skin renewal at the deeper levels of the epidermis. It is a common myth that all the benfits of Alpha Hydroxy Acids come from exfoliation. This is not true. Whilst exfoliation is beneficial, the profound benefits of Alpha Hydroxy Acid derive from its cellular renewal properties.  Optimum cellular renewal is best achieved through regular  daily application not by one off peels . One off peels are stressful to the skin potentially damaging and highly unpredictable.
The best way to take full advantage of the benefits of Alpha Hydroxy Acids is to include them in your daily skincare routine in the form of face washes, lotions, serums and creams. This allows you to take advantage of daily exfoliation (without visible peeling!) AND optimum cellular renewal.
Why Home Peels are not the answer
Home acid peels may give the impression of being important contenders in your skincare regimen – Afterall,  they are strong! They require a multi-stage application including neutralisation, they sting, and they frequently require downtime, meaning that you have to shut yourself in your home whilst your skin peels off. Something that intense must be good, right? The answer is no!
Think about what is really going on. An acid peel is a self-administered chemical burn. Immediately after the peel you begin to shed dead skin. After this process has finished you will be left with slightly red, swollen skin, a bit like when you have caught too much sun.  Of course, after days of suffering dull, peeling skin this will seem like a dramatic improvement. However, this effect is shortlived. For all that effort, irritation and inconvenience the truth is that very little long term skin renewal will have occurred.
Mandelic Acid
A particular example of the way peels are wrongly marketed is with Mandelic Acid Peels. The use of mandelic acid has gained popularity in recent years as both a treatment for adult acne and for hyperpigmentation.  However, the clinical research that proved its benefits endorsed leave-on treatments designed for regular daily use. To apply Mandelic Acid and then neutralise it is a waste of both time and money. Mandelic acid has a unique antibiotic action that requires a leave-on formula.
In short, long term benefits of Alpha Hydroxy Acids are best achieved through daily, regular application of moderate concentrations. A home administered peel may take 7 days to recover from.  In that time, 7 moderate AHA treatment could be applied,  which will not only have achieved daily exfoliation but will result in significantly better long term results. All without downtime!

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