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Acids in Skincare: How to Find the Right One For Your Skin Type

Acids in Skincare: How to Find the Right One For Your Skin Type

There are many different acids you’ll find in skincare products. And these acids all work in a different ways to address your skin concerns like acne, dull skin, hyperpigmentation, and more. It can be confusing to find the right one for your skin type, so that’s why we made this handy guide for you.

GLYCOLIC ACID

WHO: Best for normal, combination, and/or oily skin types

WHAT: It’s an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from sugar cane with small molecules that penetrate the skin. In addition to exfoliation, glycolic acid also stimulates fibroblasts in the skin that stimulate collagen production.

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LACTIC ACID

WHO: Good for all skin types, especially great for sensitive skin.

WHAT: It’s an AHA that was traditionally extracted from sour milk, but more cosmetic products these days use a synthetic version because it’s more stable and easier to formulate with. In addition to gentle exfoliation, lactic acids also help boost skin hydration by increasing water retention.

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SALICYLIC ACID

WHO: Great for acne-prone skin. Avoid if you have dry skin, are pregnant, or use blood thinning medications.

WHAT: This acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA). Because the structure is oil soluble, it' can penetrate into the pores to unclog them from the inside out as well as providing surface exfoliation.

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HYALURONIC ACID

WHO: Everyone!

WHAT: Unlike the other acids listed above, this one is not an exfoliator. We included it because many see the word acid and assume it’ll be harsh or exfoliating. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that helps add hydration to the skin. It’s a molecule that can hold up to one thousand times its weight in water. It’s soothing, restorative, and also has antioxidant properties.

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Watch the video below to learn even more about these popular acids!

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