AHA: What is it? Is it Good for You?

What is AHA?

According to healthline.com, AHA are known as alpha-hydroxy acids that are water soluble, extracted from natural substances that are used in skincare. Some skincare products could include serums, toners, creams and occasionally chemical peels.

There are 7 types of AHAs that are commonly used in the skincare industry. However, glycolic acid (from sugar cane) and lactic acid (from lactose or other carbohydrates) are the most well researched and are the ones that are less likely to cause irritation.

What is AHA for?

It is primarily used for sun-damaged, dry skin as it exfoliate the skin’s surface to improve hydration. Other than to exfoliate, it also helps to promote blood flow, to correct discolouration from scars and brighten your complexion.


Here are some products for you to explore and try. We included some descriptors for you to et to know your products better.

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Exfoliating Essence Mask 

source: https://theordinary.deciem.com

To help reduce irritation associated with acid use. This derivative is of plant origin and varies in colour seasonally and this colour variation may be apparent in the formula from time to time. This formula is further supported with a crosspolymer form of hyaluronic acid for comfort, Vitamin B5 to assist healing and black carrot as an antioxidant.

First Aid Beauty Skin Lab Resurfacing Liquid 10% AHA

source: https://www.firstaidbeauty.com

A potent, yet non-irritating leave-on skin resurfacer designed with sensitive skin in mind. Powered by a 10% Concentration of 4 Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, it helps smooth, brighten and even the appearance of rough, dull-looking skin.

TATCHA Violet-C Brightening Serum 20% Vitamin C + 10% AHA

A 20% Vitamin C + 10% AHAs serum with pure ingredients and gentle strength that helps soften, smooth and brighten for more radiant, even-toned skin. Oil-free. Fragrance-free. Ideal for all skin types.


Now that you are well informed about AHA, you can look out for the mentioned acids in your exfoliating skincare products. And while you’re at it, did you know Converse is collaborating with Scooby Doo? Read more here.

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