Acids for Your Skin

It is that time of the year again to peel back the signs of skin damage and prep up for the festive glow. You can use acids to help you achieve that healthy glow! But first, here’s how to determine the right acids for your skin, and how different acids work with the chemistry of the skin.

Azelaic acid, pronounced as aza-lay-ic, is a derivative from yeast, grain, or barley, a natural acid, produced to combat inflammation, redness, acne. This acid is adored for its anti-bacterial and brightening properties and it may be your new best friend for this festive season. This wonderful acid acts as a multi-functional support ingredient for all skin types and also acts as an effective antioxidant.Ideal for people with rosacea, inflammation, and acne.

Citric acid is a member of the alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) family, and is often included in personal care products to adjust the skin’s pH or accelerate skin renewal where it shaves off the dead skin at the surface level that can help in alleviating pigments, acne scars, areas of uneven skin tone and texture. However, beware of its the side effects, including slight burning, tingling sensation, and temporary redness. The best way to go is to test the beauty product on a small area of your skin several hours before using the product on your face.
Ideal for people with enlarged pores, dull skin, skin discoloration, and acne scars.

Derived from sugarcane, Glycolic acid is the smallest molecule of all the acids but is capable of producing the most dramatic results that are backed by tons of research. With the ability to tackle just about every issue, from breakouts to fine lines, you can find this acid easily in most anti-aging products, and similarly in toners, serums, masks etc. The best thing about being the smallest of all acids means they are able to penetrate deeper into the skin’s layers, working its magic much more effectively. Plus, it almost seems to banish blackheads on contact.
Ideal for people with dry, normal, oily skin, and skin with acne.

Lactic acid can be produced naturally within our bodies or obtained from sour milk. Cleopatra is believed to have bathed in it as part of her beauty rituals according to some sites. What’s wonderful about this acid is that it has a moisturizing effect on the outermost layers of the skin, critical for strengthening the skin’s barrier and increase resistance to dryness and flakiness, making it suitable for almost all skin conditions. It’s a popular alternative to glycolic acid because it functions the same way but is milder. It works more to moisturizing the skin while exfoliating.
Ideal for people with fine lines and wrinkles, sensitive skin, and dry skin.

Retinoic acid, is the acid form of vitamin A, commonly used to help prevent the onset of wrinkles, pigmentation, and other signs of aging, by stimulating cell production. Although retinol is also vitamin A, it has to first be converted into retinoic acid before it can be absorbed by the skin, hence the efficacy of creams that contain retinoic acid supersedes preparations that contain retinol as the primary ingredient. Retinoic acid can be irritating and drying on the skin when used in large doses, therefore it should only be used in prescription amounts over a short period of time. Plus, when prescribed in topical form, here are a few things you need to take note of.
Ideal for people with discoloration, acne skin and aging skin.

Salicylic acid, a naturally occurring beta hydroxyl acid(BHA), is obtained from willow barks (the same place we get aspirin). The acid is both highly keratolytic (thinning of the skin) and comedolytic, which means it not only removes dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, it is also able to penetrate into the pore to dissolve the oil and break apart the debris inside, two of the common culprits of acne. When used regularly, salicylic acid not only unclogs pores and helps clear acne, but it also prevents new acne and blackheads from forming. Additionally, it can correct dark spots without irritating your skin because it’s derived from willow barks, which contain topical anti-inflammatory benefits. On the contrary, salicylic acid is not the best choice if you have really dry skin, if you’re pregnant, or if you’re taking certain medications because it can give rise to irritation and dry skin for those who have sensitive skin or those who overuse it.
Ideal for people with concerns on whiteheads and blackheads, clogged pores, acne skin, and oily skin.


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