The term acids may seem pretty overwhelming and a tad too scary especially for those with sensitised complexions that are prone to itching, breakouts and redness. However, there is one that you should definitely note: AHA. Also known as alpha hydroxy acids, AHAs are acids found in natural substances such as sugar cane, milk and other citrus foods. In skincare, they are often listed as citric acid and glycolic acid.
What makes AHAs a must-have in every beauty junkie’s skincare ritual no matter the skin type? It helps treat skin in two key ways. Firstly, it acts as a chemical exfoliant to break down dead cells on the surface of your skin to reveal a smoother, more radiant complexion. While a lot of such exfoliators may dry out the skin causing it to be even more sensitised, AHAs are actually moisturising agents. Thus, the skin feels smooth, soft and hydrated.
If you are already thinking of incorporating AHA into your routine, know this: Dr. XY Lum of IDS Clinic shares that products containing vitamin C should not be used with products made with AHAs, as the latter may cause the pH of vitamin C products to change — altering and affecting its efficacy. She also adds that it really depends on the type of molecules of vitamin Cs and the concentration of different products used in combination, that really determines their stability.
Above, we suss out the AHA skincare products to add to your regime.