My Favorite Acids in Skincare Products

When you think of acids in skincare, what comes to mind? Maybe burning, allergic reactions, or ALLEGIC REACTIONS? Well, what if I told you acids can provide amazing benefits to your skin?? Now I bet you will want to read this article to know why!!  There are various acids available in skincare products on the market today. Whether you have issues such as aging, acne, hyperpigmentation, dry skin, or oily skin, acids can help treat a wide array of issues.

I don’t know about you, but from my personal experience, skincare acids can do wonders for your skin. My four favorite types of acids are Glycolic, Salicylic, Retinoic, and Hyaluronic acid. I will explain why below.Glycolic and Salicylic Acids can be divided into two categories: AHA’s and BHA’s. The main difference between AHAs versus BHA’s are that AHAs are water-soluble (dissolves in water) and BHA is lipid or oil-soluble, which makes BHA more effective on oily skin. It is the most common acid used in skincare products. I will list the four common types of acids used for skincare to help you determine which acid suits your need.

GLYCOLIC ACID

Glycolic Acid is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid made from sugarcane. As a result, it makes an excellent acid for those looking to use acids for his/her first time. The molecules in this acid are very small which enables it to absorb better into the skin for better results. It also comes in various strengths, therefore, it is easy to build tolerance to it. Higher grade strengths of glycolic acid are used in peels administered in dermatologist offices or medical spas. Some of the uses for Glycolic Acid are as follows:

•Exfoliates the outermost layer of the skin.
•Minimizes skin discolorations/acne scars.
•Reduces fine lines/wrinkles.
•Treats mild to moderate acne.
•Suitable for all skin types.

SALICYLIC ACID

Salicylic acid can be purchased over the counter. It is a beta hydroxy acid, and is most commonly used to treat acne/blackheads. Some of the uses for Salicylic Acid are as follows:

•Works as an exfoliant to unclog the pores.
•Acts as an anti-inflammatory.
•Helps build collagen.
•Treats mild acne breakouts.
•Suitable for oily, combination, and/or acne-prone skin.

RETINOIC ACID

If I had to choose one type of product that treats many skin issues such as acne, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines/wrinkles, then it would have to be products that contain RETINOIDS. Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative used many skin care products as it supports the overall health of the skin. Here are some common uses for Retinol:

•Rejuvenates skin.
•Minimizes hyper-pigmentation.
•Helps minimize fine
lines/wrinkles.
•Reduces mild acne breakouts.
•OTC versions available for every skin-type.

HYALURONIC ACID:

Hyaluronic acid is commonly used as a humectant in many moisturizers. According to Today.com, “Hyaluronic acid is a substance produced naturally by the skin. It’s a humectant, which means it can absorb and retain water — kind of like a molecular sponge.” Here is some of the benefits hyaluronic can do have for your skin:

•Hydrates/soothes dry skin.
•Improves the appearance of
fine lines/wrinkles.
•Reduces redness/dermatitis.
•All skin types, especially oily or acne-prone skin looking for oil-free options.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of retinoic acid, you can read about it HERE.

As always, acids take time to build tolerance. I usually recommend giving the product 8-12 weeks to see a full result. Always do a test patch and wait @4-48 hours to test for allergic reactions. Consult with your dermatologist should you experience any side effects.

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BEST ACIDS TO USE IN SKINCARE

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