Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHA’s, are a range of acids found in foods that can help to rejuvenate the skin. Their use in skincare dates as far back as the Ancient Egyptian times, when Cleopatra used to bathe in milk to soften and rejuvenate her skin, and since then, AHA’s have become a staple ingredient in many skincare products and treatments. But what can the AHA’s actually do for your skin? We explain all the ins and outs of the different types, their benefits, and the best products you can use to get the most out of your skincare regime. Mandelic Acid Derived from bitter almonds, this acid is known for its ability to reduce inflammation, kill acne bacteria by reducing congestion, reduce pores and oils and smooth and refine skin textures. It also contains properties that work to lighten and brighten the skin, reducing pigmentation and scarring. It’s suitable for all skin types, and specifically for treating acne, breakouts, pigmentation and scarring. As the most gentle AHA, it’s also great for sensitive skin. Recommended treatment: Mandelic Peel in a 60 Minute Facial Best skincare products with Mandelic Acid: The Ultraceuticals ‘Ultra Clear’ range; cleanser, treatment lotion, purifying mask Lactic Acid Derived from sour milk, lactic acid is known for its ability to stimulate hyaluronic acid in the skin, supporting collagen synthesis, plumping and firming the skin, as well as smoothing and refining the skin’s texture. It’s suitable for all skin types, although your skin will need to be prepped first with the Even Skincare range so it has tolerance for the lactic acid. It’s great for hydration and collagen stimulation, so it’s best suited for dehydrated and mature skin types. Recommended treatment; Lactic Peel in a 60 Minute Facial Best skincare products with Lactic Acid: The Ultraceuticals ‘Even Skintone’ range Glycolic Acid Derived from sugar cane, glycolic acid is a small molecule so it can reach deeper layers of the skin, and is the strongest of the AHA’s. It’s great for inflammatory conditions such as acne, and can reach most areas of the skin. It regenerates collagen and thickens the epidermis and dermis, leaving skin feeling and looking plump and youthful. Due to its potency, it’s important to build up a tolerance, so skincare products containing glycolic acid such as the Dermatech Glycolic cream are available in varying percentages. Recommended treatment: Vitamin Infusion Facial with a Glycolic Peel Best skincare products with Glycolic Acid: Dermatech Glycolic Cream For a skin consultation and individually prescribed skincare plan, contact us at Total Body Concept.