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What fruit acids can do for your skin

Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are various fruit acids that help smooth the skin, keep problem skin under control, even the skin’s texture and complexion, and reverse some of the effects of UV damage.

Glycolic acid and lactic acid are AHAs used in skincare products like allmedic’s Body Repair and Face Repair Cream. When used in effective concentrations, AHAs can help break down the bond between old dead and dry skin cells and the surface of the skin. This exfoliates the skin and leaves it feeling soft and silky. Removing the barrier of old skin cells also makes it is easier for skin treatments to enter the skin.

What is glycolic acid?

Glycolic acid comes from sugar cane and can also be made synthetically. It is the most commonly used AHA in skincare products because its small molecular size allows it to penetrate the skin easily. Glycolic acid is particularly good for exfoliating by releasing old skin cells. It can also help reduce oils on the skin’s surface and remove blackheads and other impurities, as well as smooth out fine wrinkle lines. Collagen production is also stimulated by glycolic acid.

What is lactic acid?

Lactic acid comes from sour milk. Milk is known to soften the skin and lactic acid can help exfoliate thick, rough skin. It is also known for helping the skin retain moisture. When combined with other AHAs like glycolic acid, lactic acid can help boost the effectiveness of skincare products. That’s why allmedic’s Body Repair and Face Repair Cream feature both of these AHAs.

How to use AHAs on your skin

allmedic’s Face Repair Cream contains 10% AHAs (glycolic and lactic acid) and the Body Repair contains 15% of the same ingredients. Due to the high concentration of active ingredients, these skincare products are only available through medical practices.

AHA-containing products available at the supermarket, chemist or department store have lower percentages of these active ingredients. Higher concentrations are known to rejuvenate the skin with greater results.

Is it meant to sting?

Both Body Repair and Face Repair can sting when applied because they contain medically active AHAs. The sting is normal and usually lasts up to 20 or 30 seconds. If the sting lasts for more than 5 minutes and leaves red, inflamed areas, you should stop using it and call your doctor for advice. When using the Face Repair Cream, it’s important to keep away from the eyes and the grooves at the side and under the nose.

Before using either product for the first time, it is recommended to do a patch test on your face or body to check your reaction.

How long to leave it on for?

Both products can be left on overnight and washed off in the morning. Body Repair can be applied daily. Face Repair should be used once daily for the first 2 weeks, then you can increase the frequency to twice daily if recommended by your doctor.

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