6 Natural Alpha how to get rid of redness of acne scars Hydroxy Acids for Smoother Skin Amanda Cook

Reclining in the treatment chair for my supposedly relaxing pre-flight facial, I wasn’t feeling very relaxed. As the ‘tingling’ sensation got even stronger, I debated about whether I should ‘tough it out’ and risk a red-face for the next few days, or ask her to take it off. (this was back in my corporate road-warrior days when I had access to the business class how to get rid of redness of acne scars lounge, and ahhh, pre-flight spa treatments!)

The not-so-relaxing facial I experienced was finished with a “chemical peel” mask of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s). You’ve probably heard about AHA’s before – they’re a popular ingredient in anti-aging skincare. Why? Because they are a chemical exfoliant – and reveal the layer of newer, smoother skin cells underneath. Fortunately for us, there are less-painful (and completely natural!) sources of alpha hydroxy acids that we can include in how to get rid of redness of acne scars our beauty routines at home.

Physical exfoliation is when we use a grainy substance to how to get rid of redness of acne scars physically rub the old skin cells off. Body scrubs made from salt, sugar or ground apricot pits are popular exfoliation ingredients. You could also use a more gentle physical exfoilant like how to get rid of redness of acne scars cornmeal, ground oatmeal or a muslin cloth. (see my recipes for mocha body scrub, mint coconut sugar scrub, brown sugar lip scrub and hot cloth cleanser)

Chemical exfoliation is when a fruit acid or milk acid how to get rid of redness of acne scars is applied to the skin which breaks down the substance how to get rid of redness of acne scars holding the dead skin cells to your skin, and allows them to be rinsed away. Because this is an acidic substance, it can cause a tingling or burning sensation when used how to get rid of redness of acne scars in high enough concentrations. This process is often called a peel or peeling mask.

When we exfoliate the skin by either process, we reveal a layer of younger, smoother skin cells underneath. This smoother skin texture (generally with clearer appearance, and a rosy glow) makes us look younger. The effect is temporary, of course, because our skin is constantly producing new cells, and readying the old ones to slough off. What are the natural sources of alpha hydroxy acids?

Also, all timings given below are approximate. You know your skin best. If it starts to strongly tingle or burn, rinse it off immediately! It’s always best to start with the shortest amount of how to get rid of redness of acne scars time given, and increase gradually, when you know how your skin reacts. I recommend leaving these masks on your skin from 10-30 minutes maximum. 6 natural sources of alpha hydroxy acids

Lemons + grapefruit – lemons and grapefruit are the strongest source of natural AHA’s in this list. In fact, in several of my old recipe books, it suggests applying lemon juice to the skin to lighten how to get rid of redness of acne scars discolorations (for example, as a natural melasma treatment) and uneven skin tone. Be careful when applying lemon or grapefruit juice to your how to get rid of redness of acne scars skin – and listen to what your body is telling you! I’ve experimented with these myself, and definitely felt the tingle! You can apply the juice directly, or after juicing a lemon or grapefruit to use in how to get rid of redness of acne scars cooking, simply rub the pulpy peel on your face (avoiding the eye area!) citrus fruits in particular make the skin more sensitive to how to get rid of redness of acne scars the sun, so please wear a sunscreen after using this treatment!

Papaya – papaya is a delicious and effective exfoliating treat for the how to get rid of redness of acne scars face. Of course you can crush papaya and apply to your how to get rid of redness of acne scars face like a mask, but again I like to eat the papaya, and then rub the inner peel (with a little of the flesh attached) on my face.

Plain yogurt – yogurt contains lactic acid which is a natural AHA. I like to use organic, full-fat, plain yogurt for facial treatments. Simply apply to your skin, or mix with one of the fruits above and then how to get rid of redness of acne scars apply to make a fruit smoothie anti-aging mask (and throw some in a blender to drink while you’re at it!)

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