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AHA Product Q&A

Frequently Asked Questions About Alpha Hydroxy Acids And Easy To Understand Answers.

Q) What exactly are Alpha Hydroxy Acids?
Q) How do AHAs work?
Q) What can AHAs be used for?
Q) How are AHAs used?
Q) How long will it take before I start to see a more radiant appearance on my skin?
Q) How do the AHA products help with oily and acne-prone skin?
Q) How do the AHA products help with age spots and other skin discoloration?
Q) Can both men and women use AHA products?
Q) Is a prescription required to obtain the AHA products?
Q) Will Glycolic acid cause a sensitivity to sunlight?

Q) What exactly are Alpha Hydroxy Acids?

A) Alpha Hydroxy acids or AHA’s are substances which are found naturally in fruits, sugar cane and milk. The substance which has been found to be the most suitable for cosmetics is glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is used in most AHA products and is obtained from sugar cane.

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Q) How do AHAs work?

A) AHAs work by gently removing the top layer of dead skin cells which tend to make the skin look tired. The newer exposed skin has healthier-looking glow and a younger-looking texture.

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Q) What can AHAs be used for?

A) The AHA product line has a formulation for nearly every skin type and application. The AHA products consist of non-prescription creams, solutions, lotions and gels which have been specifically formulated to assist in the management of dry skin, oily skin, acne and age spots.

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Q) How are AHAs used?

A) Each of the AHA formulations is intended for use alone, in your home, or as directed by your physician in conjunction with other treatment procedures. Your physician will provide specific use of these products.

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Q) How long will it take before I start to see a more radiant appearance on my skin?

A) It usually takes about six to eight weeks of use in order to see a difference. However, some patients may see results in a few days to a few weeks.

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Q) How do the AHA products help with oily and acne-prone skin?

A) When the top layer of dead skin cells accumulates around hair follicles, the follicles become clogged and oil of the skin cannot be drained. The result is skin eruptions of acne, blackheads and whiteheads. However, by using AHA solutions, the top layer skin of dead cells is sloughed away and oil of the skin is drained properly.

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Q) How do the AHA products help with age spots and other skin discoloration?

A) AHA Gel For Age Spots and Skin Lightening is formulated with Hydroquinone. This formulation bleaches the skin cells which cause pigmentation - gradually diminishing the coloration of age spots and other skin discoloration such as freckles, liver spots or age spots. Skin discoloration resulting from pregnancy and the use of oral contraceptives also may be diminished with this product.

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Q) Can both men and women use AHA products?

A) AHA formulations can benefit both men and women. It is important that your physician be consulted regarding the exact nature of the skins’ needs. Care must be taken before using any skin care product on very young children or on sensitive skin.

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Q) Is a prescription required to obtain the AHA products?

A) No. Glycolic acid is classified as a cosmetic and not a drug. Therefore, it may be purchased without a prescription.

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Q) Will Glycolic acid cause a sensitivity to sunlight?

A) While AHA products are not known to cause sensitivity to the sun, when AHA products are being used, application of a sunscreen is advisable.

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