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Alpha hydroxy acids, commonly referred to as AHAs, are effective ingredients widely used in cosmetic formulations. Though found widely in nature, they may also be synthesized in a lab.

AHAs are included in skin care preparations for their ability to exfoliate or remove the surface layer of skin cells, allowing healthier skin cells to come to the surface. This process can help to improve the way that skin looks and feels.
Mandelic acid from almonds. Mandelic acid is well tolerated and ideal for darker skin types where the risk of hyperpigmentation is very low.  

AHAs are most effective at concentrations above 8%. They should be formulated at low pH (between 3 and 4) for ideal efficacy. Lower concentrations (less than 8%) are a good way to gradually introduce an AHA into your regimen, without over sensitizing skin.

What Are The Side Effects Of AHAs?

Though generally safe, AHAs can irritate some skin types leading to redness or flaking. They also increase skin's photosensitivity, making individuals more susceptible to sunburn. For this reason, one should never use an AHA without a minimum of SPF 30 protection. As well, it is best to use AHAs at night.  

Incorporating an AHA Into Your Skin Care Regimen

Normal and dry skin types benefit most from AHAs. Though cleansers and toners will deliver some benefit, you'll get the best bang for your money by using an AHA cream, serum or lotion which will work by staying in contact with your skin.

A good AHA formulation to consider is [Link Removed] a 20% AHA serum (with 10% mandelic acid and 10% malic acid). It is well tolerated by most skin types and suitable for darker skin, with less tendency to cause irritation and hyperpigmentation than a glycolic acid preparation.  

Studies have shown that MaMa Lotion is effective for:

Melasma and other hyperpigmentation disorders
Acne scars
Wrinkles and fine lines

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed] 

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