Alpha Hydroxy Acid or AHA is a type of hydroxy acid used to exfoliate skin in order to slough away mild hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, fine lines, and uneven skin tone. This is a water-soluble component that can resurface the upper layers one one’s skin. Glycolic acid and lactic acid are types of AHAs. glycolic, which is more common in the market, is widely available and extracted from sugar cane. It provides significant exfoliation to skin and has antimicrobial properties that helps calm acne breakouts. On the other hand, lactic acid is extracted from lactose in milk. Aside from exfoliation, it has anti-aging effects on skin too. While AHAs are recommended for those with problematic skin texture, it is still needed for one to take note of its precautionary measures. Using AHA makes one’s skin sensitive to the sun. Thus, wearing sunscreen every day is advised for skin not to be compromised in any way.
- Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid, P810
This power liquid of Cosrx is formulated with 7% glycolic acid that gently exfoliates skin and helps reveal a radiant even-toned complexion. This includes pyrus malus fruit water from apples that contain natural AHA and glycolic acid, a type of AHA, that gently exfoliates and moisturizes skin. This also has other nourishing properties such as vitamins and natural moisturizing ingredients that can help refine without stimulating the skin. Frequent usage of this helps to improve the appearance of the skin by making it healthier and more vital. This product is advised to be used every other night and is gentle enough to be used even by sensitive skin.
- The Ordinary AHA 30% + 2% BHA Peeling Solution, P650
This treatment peeling solution is a water-based exfoliating mask that targets acne, uneven skin tone and texture, as well as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Basically, this product from The Ordinary is a miracle in a bottle because of its drastic glowing effects on skin. However, this must be applied only once or twice a week for no more than 10 minutes.
- Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling (Wine), P1190
This single-use exfoliating pads from Neogen is the perfect exfoliator whether you prefer chemical or manual exfoliation. This product provides gentle yet effective exfoliation of dead skin cells and impurities, leaving skin smoother and clear. Dead skin cells are sloughed off the surface of the skin using the unique 3-layer pad technology as lactic acid penetrates deep into your pores to clean out pore-clogging debris. Its star ingredient, Resveratrol, comes from red wine and is naturally fermented, with naturally occurring AHAs that also help with the exfoliation process. Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant which helps prevent free radicals from pigmenting or forming wrinkles on your skin. This product is advised to be used only once or twice a week.
- The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, P800
This water-based toner from The Ordinary gently exfoliates the skin with its 7% glycolic acid ingredient. Continuous use of this toner results to a more radiant and smoother skin. It also improves uneven skin tone and controls acne breakouts after consistent use.
- Sunday Riley Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment, P5660
This multi-purpose treatment from Sunday Riley reduces fine lines, fights hyper-pigmentation, heals visible scars, and boosts blood circulation. Its glycolic acid assures gentle exfoliation to skin without compromising skin’s condition, whether sensitive or normal.
- Dennis Gross Professional Grade Resurfacing Liquid Peel, P900
This liquid peel of Dr. Dennis Gross delivers professional-level care to the complexion and is a powerful skincare treatment that leaves the complexion renewed and smooth. It has an acidic pH level of 3.5 that works in 2 stages. Stage one, a potent blend of lactic, glycolic and other alpha hydroxy acids enhanced by bromelain works to dissolve the glue holding dead skin cells to the surface, encouraging the skin’s renewal. In stage two, the antioxidant benefits of centella asiatica, green tea extract and colloidal oatmeal work to balance the skin and reduce the signs of ageing.
- The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA, P600
This mild exfoliating serum of The Ordinary helps reveal new skin underneath and is gentle enough to be used every night depending on how one skin pleases. It promotes a brighter, more even skin tone, and a smoother texture. It is also hydrating because of its hyaluronic acid ingredient that moisturizes skin while exfoliation.