Essential 'acids' for healthy skin

Essential ‘acids’ for healthy skin

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Most people are not aware of how to keep their skin healthy. As for women, they are very sensitive about their skin and ready to follow any advice regarding it. However, it is also a fact that many tips and beauty creams available to women either damage their skin or their effects are temporary.

In such a case, the question arises that what is the right way to achieve healthy skin?

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If we look at the science of skin, we find that two types of acids play an important role in healthy skin, one is alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and the other is beta hydroxy acid (BHA). Although these two types of acids are different from each other, they are very important for human skin. One of these acids cannot be preferred over the other as they fulfill different needs to keep the skin healthy. Although you will see these acids on the labels of many beauty products available in the market, no one knows how these acids make the skin healthy and glowing.

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What are AHAs?

These acids are a class of chemical compounds that occur naturally in the skin and can also be obtained from external sources. AHAs can be obtained from many sources, but the best sources are sugarcane and milk. It can also be obtained from plants, which belong to the fruit acid class. Sugarcane contains Glycolic Acid. Scientifically, sugarcane has the smallest molecular size of AHAs and is the most commonly used type in skin care products. This is because it is absorbed into the skin very efficiently due to its small molecular size.

Benefits of AHAs

They are beneficial for the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis (Epidermis) and the deeper layer (Dermis). Research shows that dead skin cells often accumulate on the outer layer of skin, which AHAs remove with their exfoliative effects. They also increase the production of collagen in the skin, which keeps the skin fresh and wrinkles at bay. AHAs keep the outer layer of skin smooth and clean while removing the effects of harsh chemical soaps, face washes and lotions on the skin. It also removes wrinkles, dark spots and acne scars from the skin. The glycolic acid in AHAs is especially effective on oily and acne-prone skin.

People with sensitive skin may experience skin irritation from AHAs, so such people should use products with lower concentrations (about 4 percent).

AHAs are found in face washes, masks, serums, creams, and pills.

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What are BHAs?

They are also called sialic acids and are derived from aspirin. Science suggests that BHAs are organic carboxylic acids and differ from AHAs in that a hydroxyl group is attached to the beta position of the carboxyl group. This one property makes it different from AHAs, as the two acids are otherwise similar in structure.

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Benefits of BHA

The most common example is salicylic acid (SA), which is used against acne. The special feature of this acid is that it has the ability to absorb grease and oil into the skin, so it is very effective on oily skin. Salicylic acid is widely used in over-the-counter (OTC) acne products because of these properties. It has a natural ability to clear the sebum and dirt accumulated in the pores. Thus, it neutralizes the bacteria generated in the pores and does not leave a scar on the skin. Otherwise, these bacteria can cause skin damage and premature wrinkles.

Salicylic acid also builds immunity against bacteria and is very effective in treating stubborn skin areas. Products high in this acid are useful in treating warts.

BHAs improve the skin’s natural thickness, the skin’s immune system and collagen production.

People with any type of allergy to aspirin should use with caution. BHA should be used in small amounts and intermittently at first and then gradually increased to daily use, so that the skin becomes accustomed to absorbing its effects.

From cleansers to masks, every skin care product contains these two acids. Similarly, use a face wash that contains salicylic acid. Massage the face with such a face wash for several minutes, so that it has time to show its effect on the skin. Take care of your skin and always look beautiful.

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