Skin experts break down everything you need to know about AHAs for the skin, including benefits, side-effects and must-have products.

With South Africa having state-mandated requirements to wear a protective face mask while out in public, perhaps you’ve seen some negative changes in your skin. If you’re dreaming of brighter, more even-toned or decongested skin, then Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) can help if you know how to use them. We consulted board-certified dermatologists to break down everything you need to know about AHAs for the skin, including the benefits, side effects, frequency of use, and essential products. Think of this as your ultimate guide to glowing skin in 2020.

What is AHA for skin?

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids are water-soluble acids derived from fruits and plants. They’re considered a chemical exfoliant, which means that they use chemicals — aka acids or enzymes — to buff away dead skin cells. Jessie Cheung, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Chicago, says AHAs cause “controlled trauma to the skin,” leading to quicker cell turnover.

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