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The Benefits of Using Acids in Skincare

29/07/2015

For many years now top cosmecuetical companies have been promoting the use of acids in skincare but where do they come from and how do they work. 

What are the main benefits of using acids in skin care? 

The three most common acids used in skincare are:

Glycolic Acid

Lactic Acid 

Salicylic Acid

Many of our clients are often put off by the use of the word 'acid' and find it intimidating but its worth noting that these acids are organic and found naturally from food, milk or plants. Glycolic Acid is derived from sugar cane; Lactic Acid is found in sour milk and Salicylic comes from Willowbark. Applying these acids to the skin topically can exfoliate skin, lighten dark spots, clear and reduce blackheads and acne as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

They leave skin looking fresh and immediately glowing whilst requiring very little or no downtime. Its not always about getting a 'peel' of a layer of skin to get results, if the acids are penetrating the skin and breaking up the 'glue' between dead skin cells so they shed easily during the treatment. This process triggers repair and kick-starts the skin's renewal process.

So how do you know what acid is best for your skin?

Glycolic Acid exfoliates dead skin cells, unlcogs pores and blackheads, improves fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating cell renewal and collagen and elastin production. it also thickens the epidermis for firmer skin, addresses pigmentation issues and hydrates dry skin. Its perfect for age management as it improves the appearance of photo-aged skin and gives long term results.

Lactic Acid provides all the same benefits of Glycolic Acid but with an even greater hydration and lightening/brightening effect, so it gives skin a real glow. Lactic Acid is more suitable if you have sensitive skin as it is more gentle.

Salicylic Acid works well for people with rosacea if started on a low percentage and acne inflammed sensitive skin. Its great for reducing oil production in the skin and unclogs pores, lifting dirt and dead skin cells that lead to spots. If you are pregnant or allergic to aspirin that it is not advised to use Salicylic Acid.

All of the above acids are available as through clinics as a facial peels or resurfacing treatment and there are also many skincare products that include lower percentages of acid that can be used to introduce acids to your skin daily at home. 

If you would like to find out more about how acids could benefit your skin or how you can build them into your skincare routine then we would recommend booking a free consultation at your nearest clinic so our Aestheticians can create a plan that works for you and answer all your questions and queries. 

You can book a free consultation here or read up on all our skin peels here