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The Truth about AHA’s

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Known as AHA’s, fruit acids found in citrus fruits (citric), apples (malic) and papaya (pyruvic). Other acids in the family include lactic acid (from milk), tartaric acid (from red wine), and the most exciting and therefore most widely researched, glycolic acid (from sugar cane).

Lactic acid has been used to soften the skin for centuries and resurfaced in modern cosmetic creams in the 70’s after studies showed that combined with sodium lactate, it improved the skin’s moisture-holding capacity. Tartaric acid, too, has been in used for years: French women used to apply red wine to their faces. Collectively, AHA’s have recently been in the vanguard of the new cosmeceutical movement as they are used to formulate creams which perform beyond the normally superficial cosmetic role.

The dead skin cells build-up which gave icthyosis sufferers their crocodile-skin appearance could be alleviated with a glycolic acid preparation. They showed that the acid molecule dissolved the protein bond which kept a dead skin cell attached. Not only did glycollic acid prove capable of normalizing the desquamation process but could also improve the skin’s own moisture-retaining capabilities.

Dermatologists use AHA’s in concentrations up to 70 percent to perform acid peels and prescribe 5-20 percent AHA creams. The percentage contained in cosmetic creams varies from 1-7 percent. Some over the counter pharmacy brands  contain between 5-15 percent.

Cosmetic AHA preparations can help keep the skin free of dulling and skin-pore clogging dead cells. They can make  the skin slightly brighter and improve its moisture retention. Unlike the physician-prescribed higher concentrations, they cannot produce radical improvement in the ageing complexion. Recent studies suggest that AHA’s may also act as free radical scavengers, sending messages to the dermis to increase  collagen production and increase the skin’s tolerance to retinoids.

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Fillers

Beauty  ….

What is beauty? Allure, physical attractiveness, good looks, grace, or style? You tell me, enlighten me with your definition of such term. Beauty is perceived differently by all of us, making it easy for us to like different types of people. Every age has its own beauty, we need to embrace and cherish our inner and outer elegance, unfortunately we don’t. We are our own worse critic, we pick, hide, and complain about imperfections, very much unknown to the outside world; in front of the mirror we pull, tuck, and stretch our skin, hoping it will appear tighter, smoother, and perhaps plumper. Society has made coming of aging unacceptable, we look for quick fixes, from facials, peels, and fillers, we are thriving for perfection, which doesn’t exist.

Fillers

Q: Do fillers really remove years?

A: Yes, but the results are temporary.

1. Which are the most common areas fillers are used on?

  • Chin Creases
  • Uneven Brows
  • Dropping corners of the mouth
  • Muscle bands of the neck
  • Crow’s feet (outside eye-corners)
  • Marionette lines
  • Horizontal forehead lines
  • Lines on the bridge of the nose
  • Deep expression lines

2. Possible side effects?

Always check with your doctor prior any procedure, safety and well-being are more important than beauty.

The crow’s-feet area is a bit pesky, the skin is thinner and the muscle causing the wrinkles is quiet strong, which may cause the treatment to go wrong, by pushing the solution in different parts of the face resulting in deeper wrinkles and a possibility of uneven skin around the injected area.

3. What kind of fillers are available?

There are more than 70 different types of fillers on the market, consult with your doctor by asking questions in ensuring the best choice for you.

The most common fillers are :

  • Botox
  • Juvederm
  • Hylaform
  • Captique
  • Radiesse
  • Restylene
  • Collagen
  • Fat Fascia Dermis (your own fat, which is the best option and less expensive)
  • Liquid Silicone
  • Poly-L-Acid known as Sculptra (currently only available for HIV – patients)

Beauty is beauty, but if a treatment or two makes a person feel better about themselves, I say go for it, why not? Keep it in moderation, be healthy and happy!

DERMAdoctor.com, Inc.

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Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Known as AHAs, fruit acids found in citrus fruits (citric), apples (malic) and papaya (pyruvic). Other acids in the family include lactic acid (from milk), tartaric acid (from red wine), and the most exciting and therefore most widely researched, glycolic acid (from sugar cane).

Lactic acid has been used to soften the skin for centuries and resurfaced in modern cosmetic creams in the 70’s after studies showed that combined with sodium lactate, it improved the skin’s moisture-holding capacity. Tartaric acid, too, has been in used for years: French women used to apply red wine to their faces. Collectively, AHAs have recently been in the vanguard of the new cosmeceutical movement as they are used to formulate creams which perform beyond the normally superficial cosmetic role.

The dead skin cells build-up which gave icthyosis sufferers their crocodile-skin appearance could be alleviated with a glycolic acid preparation. They showed that the acid molecule dissolved the protein bond which kept a dead skin cell attached. Not only did glycollic acid prove capable of normalizing the desquamation process but could also improve the skin’s own moisture-retaining capabilities.

Dermatologists use AHAs in concentrations up to 70 percent to perform acid peels and prescribe 5-20 percent AHA creams. The percentage contained in cosmetic creams varies from 1-7 percent. Some over the counter pharmacy brands  contain between 5-15 percent.

Cosmetic AHA preparations can help keep the skin free of dulling and skin-pore clogging dead cells. They can make  the skin slightly brighter and improve its moisture retention. Unlike the physician-prescribed higher concentrations, they cannot produce radical improvement in the ageing complexion. Recent studies suggest that AHAs may also act as free radical scavengers, sending messages to the dermis to increase  collagen production and increase the skin’s tolerance to retinoids.

© Anna L. and A Blissful Skin, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Anna L. and A Blissful Skin with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.