Skincare and Beauty

Alpha Hydroxy and Beta Hydroxy Acids 101

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) is also known as "Carbolic Acid" and it derives from the "Hydroxyl Group" of acids. AHAs occur in natural ingredients, such as sugarcane, milk and fruits; and are known as exfoliating agents that aid in exfoliating the epidermis - the outermost layer of the skin.  Within exfoliating the epidermis skin area, AHAs are considered a "deep exfoliant" and they are known to accelerate the cell turnover (renewal) rate.  AHA chemical peels have oftentimes been called the "lunch hour peel," and superficial peel - because after the chemical peel procedure, the down time is usually between an hour; and within hours, the skin pH balance should be back to normal. Ultimately, within no more than 24 hours, the client should feel "back to normal" and should not have many side effects.  AHA peels can be applied every 3-4 weeks to maximize results (10-14 days minimum time period at least). Depending upon the client's skin condition, s/he may have a series of AHA peels (such as 4-6 peel sessions) within a few months to achieve desired results.

 

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How to Get Acne Free Skin

Many patients opting for home based chemical peels to clear acne scars have seen nearly 45% to 60% reduction in their scarring. Most professionals use stronger peels with 75% concentration of acids that work on deeper levels to exfoliate and remove scar tissue. Naturally, you will see better results when you seek professional chemical peels. If the cost of professional chemical peels for acne scars is too high for you, go in for 50% Glycolic acid peels that are readily available in stores. Make sure you know what you are getting into- there are different types of peels and some of them might contain ingredients you are allergic to. Do not hesitate to consult a professional prior to using chemical peels for acne scars at home. Additionally, there is an IMPORTANT thing you should know before using any kind of chemical peel treatment for acne scars:

 

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Which Chemical Peel is The Best?

A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun. There are three basic types of chemical peels:

 

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ARE TCA PEELS WORTH IT?

TCA PEEL has become a very popular chemical peel in UK right now. But what is TCA peel? TCA is a non-toxic chemical (trichloracetic acid), which has been used to perform skin peels for over 20 years. It is a relative of vinegar (acetic acid.) When TCA is applied to the skin, it causes the top layers of cells to dry up and peel off over a period of several days to one week. When the old skin is peeled off, it exposes a new layer of undamaged skin, which has a smoother texture and more even color.

 

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Fruit Acid Peels

You are probably familiar with some of them such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid etc. which are extracted and processed from fruits such as bilberry, apples, citrus fruits etc. They are frequently used by doctors, skin specialists and highly professional beauty therapists to instantly refine the texture of our skin and produce a younger look with softer, smoother skin with less noticeable blemishes, fine lines and blocked pores. This probably represents the greatest skin care advance in the past 20 years.

 

 

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