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Six Acids in Skincare: Functions


Seeing the word 'acid' on labels may make you jump a little. The thought of a bunch of chemicals sitting on your skin can be a scary idea, but when used correctly, they can be very beneficial for your skins health. From retaining moisture, exfoliating, reducing acne, and repairing your skin, acid in skincare products can make a big difference. Let's get into some common acids used in skincare products.

Well-known Acids:

Hyaluronic Acid

  • Very common in moisturizers
  • Helps with keeping skin hydrated
  • Better skin texture, wrinkles, plumpness

Lactic Acid

  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Promotes collagen production
  • Reduces hyperpigmentation

Citric Acid

  • It is vegan
  • Works as an exfoliant, evens tone
  • Rich in antioxidants

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Azelaic Acid

  • Found in grains like wheat & rye
  • Fights off bacteria and break outs
  • Reduces inflammation

Glycolic Acid 

  • Breaks down dead skin cells
  • Is sourced from sugar cane
  • Used to peel off, or in cleansers 

Ascorbic Acid

  • Synthetic vitamin c
  • Best for sensitive skin
  • High in antioxidants

Luckily all acids are not completely chemical based, some are oil, plant, or fruit sourced, good for those that prefer vegan or plant-based skincare. And while the word 'acid' can be alarming, know that they serve a purpose and can be your skins best friend when dealing with acne, dryness, dark spots and more!