What is AHA and How Does the Peel Work?

there are fine wrinkle lines on my face --esp around mouth and eyes. what will AHA peel do for this?

Doctor Answers 4

AHA's promote natural skin rejuvenation

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AHA or alpha hydroxy Acids are natural substances found in many plant extracts. The women of the French court found that the grapes they were stomping to make wine, when put on their face, improved their skin. The most common AHA is glycolic acid, a smaller molecule found in sugar cane. Being small, it is well absorbed. It promotes the skin to be more regular in its inevitable progression from the bottom layers to the top. Connections (desmosomes) to other cells are stronger. Deeper in the dermis, collagen is stimulated. The end result is a smoother skin, with a better luster and less pigmentation.

A consultation with your facial plastic surgeon skin specialists is recommended as results vary on individuals depending of their skin type.

Annapolis Facial Plastic Surgeon

AHA is a type of mild acid used in chemical peeling

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AHA is an alpha hydroxy acid. This acid can be found in many forms but the most common is glycolic acid. AHA works by dissolving the outermost layers of skin therefore encouraging cell turnover and bringing new, healthy cells to the surface.

Using an AHA can help to promote a smoother, brighter, more even skin tone, soften fine lines, minimize pores and reduce hyperpigmentation.

Chemical peels may help

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It's really hard for anyone to tell you if an AHA peel will help you without being able to evaluate you in person. Generally, AHA peels are considered superficial peels and do not help significant lines and wrinkles all that much. You might do better with something a little stronger like a TCA peel (trichloroacetic acid). And please, whatever you do, do not go to a salon or spa for this type of treatment. I would suggest a board certified dermatologist.

Patricia Farris, MD
Metairie Dermatologic Surgeon

AHA Peel

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AHA is an alphahydroxy acid peel. It is one of many fruit peels that are available and is somewhat like a glycolic acid peel.

Generally AHA peels are used for a mild effect on the skin. You should notice some removal of the outer layers of skin and the skin should appear softer after treatment. Results are not permanent, however, and re-treatments on a regular basis are required.

To your health,
Dr. David Goldberg

David Goldberg, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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