ABC's of Skincare, A: AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) - Chemical exfoliant derived from various plants - Gently removes surface layer of dead skin cells ALOE VERA - Helps reduce inflammation - Increase hydration by binding moisture to skin ARBUTIN
As a topical agent, and as a beta-hydroxy acid (and unlike alpha-hydroxy acids), salicylic acid is capable of penetrating and breaking down fats and lipids, making it capable of causing moderate chemical burns of the skin if at very high concentrations.
There are three general categories of chemical solutions used as acne chemical peel treatments: alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or glycolic acid peels, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels, and phenol peels. AHA peels are the lightest and most gentle; TCA peels are
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA's) are naturally occurring compounds found in food that have exfoliating properties for the skin. They work by "un-gluing" dead skin. They have small molecules so they are able to penetrate deep into the layers of the skin.