Believe it or not, but most of our skincare products contain acids. Before you freak out, let us tell you that there’s nothing to be scared of. The word acid is always associated with something that causes burns, but that’s not what we are talking about here. The acids used in skincare products are chemical exfoliators that are designed to remove dead skin cells to reveal smooth and glowing skin.
One skincare acid you may have heard about or read on your skincare label is lactic acid. This skin hero works to slough away dead skin and reduces discolouration without irritating the skin. Here’s everything you need to know about this gentle acid.
What is lactic acid?
Lactic acid belongs to the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) family. It is derived from milk or sugar-rich foods and is a gentler form of chemical exfoliators. Working on the outer layer of the skin, it loosens the bonds between dead skin cells to correct uneven texture, as well as, skin tone. It is suitable for all skin types and is usually recommended to people with sensitive skin type or those who are reluctant about using chemical exfoliators.
Ways to use lactic acid
- Creams and serums
Lactic acid infused creams and serums are easily available. These can be used as a leave-on formula overnight or applied as a quick wash-off treatment to get smooth and glowing skin. Choosing the right concentration of lactic acid is essential as a higher concentration can cause irritation on sensitive skin. It is recommended to do a patch test before applying on the face.
Face wash or cleansers are also infused with the goodness of this acid and regular use of lactic acid ensures smoother and brighter looking skin. The Dermalogica Skin Resurfacing Cleanser contains 5% lactic acid which is perfect for someone with a sensitive skin type or wants to start with a gentle chemical exfoliant.
- Chemical peels
Chemical peels are another option through which you can reap benefits of this magical skincare ingredient. These peels are performed by a professional; talk to your dermatologist who will recommend the right concentration and method to use lactic acid.