Chemical peels using either alpha hydroxy acid or beta hydroxy acid are both highly effective in treating mild to moderately severe facial acne, researchers at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine have found–the first study to compare the two different types of acid peels as therapies for the skin disorder.
Peels using beta hydroxy acid (or BHA) had slightly fewer side effects and results that lasted a bit longer than did peels using alpha hydroxy acid (or AHA), the study found. But overall, both types of treatments were similarly effective in reducing lesions caused by acne vulgaris, the medical term for common facial acne, which affects some 85% of all people 12 to 24 years old.
VITAMIN A. Otherwise none as retinoids, vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is not present in the body. It is important not only to general health systems, but also for the skin. You will find it present in these foods: Liver, oils, egg yolk, milk and various vegetables. Vitamin A should be applied topically in order to perform its essential purposes. The sun depletes the skin of vitamin A, thus why people who tan age faster than those who don’t. Good skin care products will contain vitamin A in their formulas due to its significance in preventing and healing sun damage. Vitamin A will prevent, restore, normalize and help repair damaged skin. You will find it listed on your labels as: retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate and retinol, along with the more traditional perscription form, retinoic acid. When using vitamin A enhanced skin care products you must always remember to apply sunscreen.
Retinol is an antioxidant, which means it helps to neutralize substances call free radicals. Free radicals destroy healthy skin cells. By neutralizing free radicals, retinols calms the skin, decreasing stress factors that may damage the skin .