Alpha - Hydroxy Acid (AHA) Peels, Citric Acid & Lactic Acid


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AHA Peels are made from naturally occurring carboxylic acids. Namely the most common variant of AHA peel consists of a mixture of glycolic acid and lactic acid. Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane whilst lactic acid is produced naturally by our bodies and can also be found in milk.  Varying the concentrations of these two chemicals, the strength and thus the depth of the peel can be altered. Their primary function is to remove the top layers of skin and induce the formation of collagen (although this ability to induce collagen formation is scientifically debatable).

Citric Acid

Citric acid can be found in such fruits as lemons, pineapples and oranges. You may have heard of an ‘Orange Peel.' A citric acid chemical peel is a simple to produce peel and is reasonably effective, particularly as it could be carried out within your home. Yet, this variety of peel is not capable of significantly improving your skin.

Lactic Acid

Lactic acid can be found in food stuffs including milk and bilberries. The acid can be extracted and utilised within a chemical peel which produces similar effects to a Citric Acid Peel.


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