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AHA Facial Singapore

AHA Facial

A medical-grade skin exfoliation to increase skin laxity & reduce fine lines and wrinkles

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, otherwise referred to as AHAs, are commonly used as peeling agents in skincare routines or as a skincare treatment. 

AHAs come in a range of formulas and concentrations, which makes them customisable to each individual’s requirements. While primarily used as a peeling agent, AHAs are also applied for moisturising, treating acne, improving scars, and for anti-ageing effects. 

What is an AHA Facial?

AHAs are water-soluble acids derived from fruits and plants. The naturally-occurring compounds are considered a chemical exfoliant, which means they use chemicals like acids or enzymes, but most AHAs are non-toxic. 

In an AHA facial procedure, AHAs are used as peeling agents. AHAs are very versatile and can work with different mechanisms to remove or buff away dead skin cells from the topmost layer of the skin.

As a peeling agent, AHAs are used in higher concentrations but applied to skin in a short intense exposure. Before application, the AHA peels are neutralised with basic salts, such as sodium bicarbonate or sodium hydroxide, to prevent acidification of the skin.

An AHA peel is gentle on the skin and does not damage the barrier structure or integrity of the skin, as it is a targeted action for skin renewal or rejuvenation.

Types of AHAs

The most commonly used AHAs for facials are glycolic acid and lactic acid:

  • Glycolic acid has the smallest molecule of all the AHAs, making it the most widely used acid in skincare treatments/products. It can be found in sugarcane. 
  • Lactic acid is used as both a peeling agent and a hydrating agent. It can be found in soul milk and tomato juice, and is a natural byproduct our bodies produce during the metabolic process.

Certain types of AHAs, such as mandelic and benzylic acids, are able to dissolve in lipids or fats. This particular feature makes them a more suitable option for oily and acne-prone skin. As such, we recommend complementing your acne treatment with an AHA medi-facial. 

What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels – in which an AHA peel is one example – involves the application of one or more chemical exfoliating agents to the topmost layer of the skin in a precisely controlled manner. The controlled application causes a certain degree of trauma to the skin, which is just right to stimulate the regeneration of new skin cells. 

The chemical (or acid) causes the breakdown of dead skin cells on the skin. This breakdown occurs uniformly across the face and hence, the regeneration of new skin cells similarly occurs uniformly as well. This allows us to achieve a balanced tone with as little pigmentation as possible.

What is an AHA Facial like?

  1. Preparation 

Prior to AHA facial treatment, the skin has to be prepped for the regeneration phase. This involves thorough cleansing to remove oil and debris, before rinsing and drying. 

  1. Application 

The AHA peel will be applied on the skin with an applicator. As the AHA would have been neutralised before application, you should not experience any warm sensation or stinging.

  1. Cleansing

Once the peel is applied for the set amount of time, it will be cleansed off. A layer of moisturiser may be applied to soothe and calm the skin thereafter.

As with most exfoliants, AHAs have their own downsides including possible sensitivity to the sun, peeling, and itching. This, however, can be easily managed as long as you are diligent with post-treatment care.

Post-treatment, your skin may be slightly more sensitive to the sun, so it is important that you apply sunscreen following your peel treatment. In fact, regular application of sunscreen will also help in reducing sun damage and triggering related skin conditions.

Benefits of AHA Facials

  • Gently removes the superficial layer of dead skin cells and stimulates the regeneration of skin cells
  • Even out pigmentation and tone
  • Enhance collagen production
  • Counter any signs of ageing
  • Reduce the appearance of pores and treat acne

As compared to other peeling agents, most AHAs are physiologic and nutritive. 

Who are AHA facials suitable for?

AHAs are most suitable if you have: 

  • Pre-existing age-related signs such as wrinkles and fine lines
  • Acne scarring 
  • Hyperpigmentation 
  • Rough and textured skin 

While AHA peels are suitable for most skin types, you should seek assessment by an accredited dermatologist who will customise the peel, in terms of concentration, frequency, and duration, most suited for your skin condition, to achieve the most desirable results. In addition, if the treatment is administered by a trained dermatologist, you can be assured that the risk of scarring will be drastically reduced.

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