Dr. Oz's Number 1 Wrinkle Fighter Makes a Comeback and Targets Specific Areas of Your Face
On a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz asked his audience viewers to take a marker and circle the one specific area of their face that they are the most concerned about when it comes to wrinkles and finding an anti-aging product that actually works.
“Today I’ve asked everyone to circle their worst wrinkle. The area they wished looked smoother and younger. I did it to help us to answer one big question—‘What’s the most important product you can use to target that spot you circled? Is it a moisturizer? Is it a lotion? Or is it something else?’ Well, the powerful anti-aging secret I want you all to use is…alpha hydroxy acid,” says Dr. Oz “They’re making a big comeback and we’re now learning that they fight the signs of aging deep under the skin.”
With Dr. Oz is special guest Jeannette Graf, MD a dermatologist who explains that alpha hydroxy acids are actually natural components of many foods we eat that because of their weak acidic properties can remove dead skin safely and effectively.
“There’s a lot of new research about alpha hydroxy acids. They are natural acids that are found in fruits and milk. And what they do is take the dead skin cell layers―which collects as we get older making our lines and wrinkles look deeper―and it removes them and renews the skin. Nothing works as effectively as an alpha hydroxy acid,” says Dr. Graf.
Dr. Oz adds that Cleopatra was known for taking sour milk baths that contained these alpha hydroxy acids that did their magic for her by gently exfoliating the dead skin away and revealing the newer, younger layers of skin that made her look younger. In addition, he tells viewers that alpha hydroxy acids used in cosmetics is not something new; but rather, an anti-aging, anti-wrinkle compound that is making a new comeback in the skincare industry.
Dr. Graf explains that what initially turned consumers away from alpha hydroxy acid-containing skin care products in the past was the fact that many women found them to dry-out the skin and cause irritation—especially in sensitive areas such as around the eyes. However, she states that new formulations of cosmetics containing alpha hydroxy acids are available today that have been perfected and have resolved the prior skin issues.
“They’re pretty safe to use…and all skin types can use them,” says Dr. Graf, adding that why women are having a hard time rediscovering the new formulations is because there are so many skincare products out there bombarding consumers that it is difficult to know what type to use.
Dr. Graf tells viewers that she believes using alpha hydroxyl acid is a smarter way to exfoliate skin naturally and chemically using its gentle acidic properties rather than manually abrading the skin with other types of skincare products. Alpha hydroxy acid penetrates the upper dead layers of skin, weakening the anchors that hold dead skin cells together, which then allows the layer of dead skin cells to slough off, revealing smoother and more evenly pigmented underlying skin.
Dr. Oz points out that where many skincare products fail is that they do not penetrate below the dead skin cell layers to get to the younger cells that would benefit from some of the active ingredients in the skincare products that could so some good to the skin.
“You’re starving your skin cells that need these nutrients and you are wasting your time and your money,” says Dr. Oz as he tells viewers that the smart way to use other skincare products is to make sure that you are exfoliating away the dead skin cell layers first before applying anything else to your skin to fight wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Choosing Which Anti-Wrinkle Skincare Product
So, what are the skincare products Dr. Oz recommends? As Dr. Oz will not promote any single skincare product by brand name, what he does do is tells viewers that they should “read the labels” and look for skincare products that show on their label words associated with alpha hydroxy acids such as “glycolic acid,” “citric acid,” “lactic acid,” “malic acid” or “mandelic acid.”
You may also see abbreviations such as “AHA” or “BHA” (for beta hydroxy acid), “A/B Hydroxy acid, “PHA Alpha Hydroxy” or some marketing word play derivation of alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid. Another consideration is that you should look for labels that show a minimum of a 10% concentration of the active acid ingredient.
Deciding on whether to go for an alpha or beta hydroxy acid type depends on your skin type. Alpha hydroxy acid products are typically the weaker acid and are meant for more sensitive drier skin types or those who have a skin type that is normal. For something a little stronger that is meant for oily type skin, you should look for skincare products that state “contains beta hydroxy acid” and/or “salicylic acid.” This anti-wrinkle component penetrates deeper and more readily into the pores where a buildup of oil and bacteria is a problem for this skin type.
A last consideration is that choosing a skincare formulation in the serum, lotion or cream forms is preferable because they stay on the skin better, allowing more time for the active ingredient to get under the dead skin and do its job. And, that after the exfoliation is done, you will likely want to then add a moisturizer to the new skin that will help plump up the tissue and further assist in the disappearance of wrinkles.