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Know Your Acids

Know Your Acids

By Monet Moore Posted on

How often do you peruse the ingredient list of your favorite skin care products? And how many of those ingredients do you understand? That’s what we thought. 

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer list of ingredients on some of the tiniest bottles. That’s why we’re here! We’re going to break down some of the most popular skin care ingredients: Acids. 

Glycolic Acid

What is it?

Glycolic acid is the main ingredient in many exfoliating skincare products. In addition to exfoliating, it can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and dark spots. 

Who is it for?

Glycolic acid can be used by all skin types, but is perfect for anyone with fine lines and wrinkles since it smooths out uneven skin. 

Salicylic Acid

What is it?

Salicylic acid is a multi-use acid that is used in a variety of skin care products to remove the outer layer of skin. It’s often used in exfoliating and treating acne breakouts. It also helps your sin build elastin and collagen. 

Who is it for?

Combination, oily, and acne-prone skin types will benefit the most from the use of salicylic acid. 

Hyaluronic Acid

What is it?

Hyaluronic acid is a hydrating agent, drawing moisture in and plumping the skin. It can also be used to treat burns and wounds. 

Who is it for?

Everyone could use a boost of hydration, but for those with dry or acne-prone skin looking for an oil-free alternative, moisturizers with hyaluronic acid can be a great choice.

L-Ascorbic Acid

What is it?

Otherwise known as Vitamin C, l-ascorbic acid prevent harsh UV damage caused by the sun when used before sun exposure. It is also considered an anti-inflammatory, promoting collagen and brightening skin tone. 

Who is it for?

This is perfect for any and all skin types. 

Ferulic Acid

What is it?

Ferulic acid is an organic compound found in the cell walls of plants. It prevents damage from the sun while preserving collagen and promoting healthy skin. 

Who is it for?

Again, all skin types can take advantage of this acid. 

Citric Acid

What is it?

Citric acid occurs naturally in many citrus fruits. When used on the skin, this can enhance and quicken the pace of cell renewal. It can also balance the pH of the skin, making it healthier. 

Who is it for?

Citic aid is especially good for anyone with skin conditions like hyperpigmentation or dark spots. Just be warned, it can be irritating to those with sensitive skin. 

Lactic Acid

What is it?

Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) which, when applied regularly to the skin, can reduce the signs of aging. Lactic acid in particular exfoliates the skin while promoting a speeding up cell turnover. 

Who is it for?

Anyone with acne scarring will benefit most, but lactic acid is beneficial to everyone. 

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