Today we will talk about AHA Creams.We have heard many times that a product contains fruit acids into its components … But what exactly is an Alpha Hydroxy face cream and what does it offer to our skin?
What are Alpha Hydroxy Acids?
There are two categories of fruit acids, the AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHA (Beta hydroxy acids). These acids are derived from fruits, milk and other sources. They cause a gentle exfoliation to the skin. Specifically AHA effects mainly the skin’s surface, while the BHA penetrates the epidermis by cleaning in depth.
The use of products with a low content of AHA and BHA (around 10%) daily, helps the skin to look more radiant, smoother and uniform and have a positive effect in the treatment of mild acne.
The AHA helps great to exfoliate the skin surface. They also help in the treatment of fine wrinkles and scars caused from acne. The BHA contrary have a positive effect in cases of mild acne, where after daily use for a long time, the skin becomes clearer, pimples and blackheads are reduced due to the ability of the BHA to dissolve sebum located deep within the pores .
Because these two ingredients are acidic they are not recommended if your skin is sensitive or you have an allergy or dermatitis or you have a serious acne problem (better to consult your doctor).
The most common fruit acids in the components of a product are:
Glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, tartaric acid, citric acid and salicylic acid (this is the BHA)
Alpha Hydroxy Face Cream Reviews
Avene Cleanance K
My personal favorite alpha hydroxy face cream, which I use every night is Avene Cleanance K. This cream is suitable for skin with acne voltages or mild acne. It contains both types of fruit acids, which makes peeling and surface and at depth. I clean daily my face with a mild soap and then I use this cream which I love! It is moisturizing, but also exfoliates my skin and thoroughly cleanses it while I sleep. Thus the morning the skin looks fresh, clean and, after a period of use my pimples, scars and dark spots are reduced. In addition, it prevents the acne, and keeps the skin clean in depth. It can be used in the morning, but because of the acids it contains, the texture is not ideal for daytime use, because it may feel a little sticky . However, this feeling lasts until the face cream is absorbed.
NeoStrata Ultra Smoothing Cream AHA
This Alpha Hydroxy face cream is ideal to prevent the signs of the photo aging skin. It is formulated with 10% AHA ( 8% glycolic acid- 2% citric acid). It is fragrance-free, having no smell at all and also oil-free and non-comedogenic and acnegenic. It is not recommended for sensitive skin and can easily replace your exfoliating scrub, making a great exfoliation. It is an excellent cream that absorbs well and makes the skin feel smoother an cleaner. I recommend you to use it at night, after your face wash and before applying your favorite moisturizer.
Holistic Apothecary Organics AHA FACE CREAM
A great AHA cream for all skin types, and specially excellent to use on oily skin. It contains NO Parabens, artificial scent or color and no SLS. Its long list of natural fruit acids like Glycolic Acid from Sugar Cane, Citric Acid from Orange, Lemon and Cranberry, Tartaric and Malic Acids from sugar maple and Lactic Acid from Bilberry.
It has a nice light scent and will leave your face radiant and fight the acne scars. One of my best friends uses this daily and has a great improvement on her facial skin.
Organic Super Fruit Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) Face Whip
Well, this is definitely going to be the next Alpha Hydroxy face cream I will try. You just read a few sentences on the product’s description and the various reviews and you get magnified from this cream. It is fully natural made with organic ingredients and even contains Vitamin C and Citrus essential oil(to give a nice light scent)! It also contains 10 wild fruit extracts like Blueberry, Acai Berry, Seaweed etc.
Whoever used this pure organic cream is excited about that and everybody seems to love it. I have already ordered it and can’t wait to try it and see if it can take the place of my beloved Avene Cleanance K
Finally, you have to know that if you start to use an Alpha Hydroxy face cream, maybe you will feel a stinging sensation on the skin at first, which does not last long and will not need to worry because it is normal (due to acid). Moreover, it shows us that the cream actually works on the skin. After a few days of use, the stinging sensation leaves.