For the past thirty years, the holistic effect of facial cleansers has been gaining momentum and acceptance. There is a growing body of scientific research and evidence that shows facial cleansers have a powerful effect on the health and wellness of all individuals who use them. The results range from improved circulation to an increase in elastin and collagen production. There is also a notable decrease in free radical molecules. There are even reports of significant relief from some common conditions, such as acne, rosacea, wrinkles, and dry skin.
AHA and its Effects on Skin
The first part of this article focuses on the holistic benefits of a cleanser. Here, we will review one of the largest studies ever done on the use of cleansers (by Abrasives). This review concludes that there are significant improvements in the health and facial appearance of “whole-race faces.” The review focuses on results achieved with the proprietary Abrasives-based formula. Individuating and “whole-race faces” are defined as those with lighter skin; Asian, white, black, Latin American and Hispanic individuals are considered individuating by this definition. The review concludes that there are also improvements for those with very light skin tone.
Another research project focused on the holistic benefits of a cleanser. In a study co-sponsored by Neutrogena, a composite face task was administered to women who applied one of three different cleansers. Participants were tested on four separate occasions: at the beginning of the study, during the test, immediately after the test, and after the women had completed the study. At the beginning of the study, participants had significantly improved complexion; during the test, improvements were evident on all four visits. Specifically, there was an improvement in the appearance of the “cheeks,” ” cheeks,” ” jawline,” eyes.”
The third study showed that the use of a cleanser that contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) increased the efficiency with which facial cleansers target specific facial areas. Specifically, the test sought to demonstrate the effects of the ingredient alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) on “face-task efficiency,” which is the ability of a cleanser to remove dirt and make facial skin appear younger and smoother. Specifically, the test sought to determine if using cleansers with higher concentrations of alpha hydroxy acids increased target face tasks’ efficiency. The researchers showed that the percent of facial area treated by a cleanser containing AHA was significantly higher than a control group that did not contain AHA. Furthermore, this percentage increase was significant between days and weeks.
There were two main results from this experiment. First, it was revealed that the higher concentration of AHA present in cleansers made facial tasks more efficient overall. Second, researchers showed that using a higher concentration of AHA led to an increase in the effectiveness of facial cleansers across participants. Across participants, the researchers found that both facial cleansers with and without AHA produced similar post-test improvements, including improved complexion, smoother skin, and better facial health. Thus, the researchers concluded that higher concentrations of AHA improve task efficacy across the board.
To reach its surprising finding, the researchers measured the performance of facial features across the bench, as well as across different facial features. Across participants, it was found that the AHA content varied according to race. The researchers found that all races had similar AHA content on their whole body, but that Asian adults had significantly higher percentages of face wrinkles (p =.01). In addition, they found that AHA content varied significantly across races, with whites/ Asians having lower percentages of face wrinkles than non Asians or blacks/ Hispanics. Thus, it seems that race may play a role in how important facial processing plays in overall facial features.
Facial recognition is also an important component of holistic processing. Across the bench, it was found that the same AHA effects were also present for AHA-treated skin but that there was no significant effect on skin treated with other-race AHA. Thus, the researchers concluded that the increase in AHA from one AHA-conditioned product enhanced facial recognition. They concluded that such holistic processing products are most effective when they are applied to skin with the same racial composition as the user.
In conclusion, the present study provides strong evidence that skin aging is largely due to genetic differences rather than external insults, and that the holistic processing of AHA molecules may be particularly important for people who are of Asian or Caucasian ancestry. Asian adults appear to have a stronger ancestral base of AHA-resistant genes than do Caucasians, and hence people of this race may have a stronger immune response to AHA-conditioned skin creams. Furthermore, individuals of certain Asian ancestry are naturally more “crested,” which means that their outermost layer of skin cells has a more tightly wired structure. These results suggest that Asian individuals are more resistant to wrinkling than Caucasians, and that they may therefore have a stronger ability to resist damage caused by exposure to the sun’s UV rays.