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All You Need to Know About Acids

Updated: Apr 30

There’s an acid for that.


Almost all skin concerns, (aging, acne, dryness, and inelasticity) can be solved with an acid.


Acids help generate new skin faster through a process called “turnover”. This means dead skin cells that are absorbing light are replaced with new, bright shiny skin cells.


Yet, not all acids are equal. There are many acids used in skincare. We’ll explain the best ones in this blog post 🥰


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GLYCOLIC ACID GENTLY EXFOLIATES


Compared to other acids, glycolic has the smallest molecules and thus penetrates the skin most easily for dramatic results.


A type of alpha-hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, is exfoliating and therefore stimulates collagen production (anti-aging) and turnover. It’s often recommended because it’s so gentle making it great for all skin types.


Try a six to 10 percent glycolic or fruit-acid-based cream twice a week for two weeks for results.


HYALURONIC ACID MOISTURIZES


Hyaluronic acid draws moisture to the skin making it perfect for dry-skin concerns. This acid doesn’t dissolve dead skin. It’s a humectant found naturally in your body that softens and lubricates skin.

It’s a powerful little acid that can be found in moisturizers and injectable fillers like Juvederm and Restylane.


SALICYLIC ACID TREATS ACNE


Reach for a product with salicylic acid when you want to treat acne prone, oily skin and enlarged pores.


A type of beta-hydroxy acid, salicylic is the second most common acid. Its anti-inflammatory properties will help dissolve dead-skin buildup and unclog pores.


RETINOIC ACID INCREASES TURNOVER


A small amount of this acid goes a long way. Retinoic acid rejuvenates the skin and fights fine lines by promoting collagen production. It can also improve brown spots and roughness in the skin.

Use it at night and wear sunscreen regularly!

FERULIC ACID PROTECTS


Ferulic acid is a naturally derived antioxidant extracted from the walls of plant cells. It has been shown to slow down the aging process and protect against sun damage and free radicals.


Combine it with other acids and antioxidants like ascorbic acid and it’s an absolute powerhouse.




DON’T TRY AN ACID PEEL AT HOME


Medical grade acid peels should be left to the professionals.


Acids will not hurt your skin. If you’re receiving a professional grade chemical peel, it will tingle for a bit of time. Do not go on Amazon looking for a DIY acid peel. It will hurt!


Don’t risk extremely serious burns, scarring, and permanent damage to the skin.


DON’T GO SMEARING FRUIT ON YOUR FACE


On the other hand, smushing a bunch of oranges and pineapples on your face and hoping that you’re giving yourself a fruit peel won’t give you the results you’re looking for.


Check out our online store for great, natural acid-based solutions, here.

All the Best,


Beauty at the Lake

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