Tired of dealing with your oily skin? Have you tried every trick in the book, but nothing seems to control that shine on your skin? Well, acids may be the solution you were looking for. Hearing the term 'acids' in the context of skincare may surprise (or even scare) you, however, once you learn what skincare acids are and what they do for your skin, you will gladly include them in your daily routine. Mastering the perfect skincare routine requires a lot of trial and error but if you know your skin type and its concerns, it becomes a lot easier to tailor your routine for your particular needs.
Read on to find out the perfect skincare acids for oily skin and what they do for your skin.
Glycolic acid is known for its deep cleansing and exfoliating properties which gently remove dead skin cells and dirt from your skin without disturbing the natural pH balance. It also encourages skin cell turnover and collagen production. This acid is naturally found in sugar, but can also be created artificially. It is commonly found in facial peels and other gentle everyday products such as face washes to get rid of pigmentation and uneven skin tone.
While glycolic acid is an AHA, salicylic acid is a BHA, meaning it binds to oil particles and not water. BHAs penetrate deep into the skin and dissolve any build-up of dead skin, dirt, bacteria and oil, making them perfect for oily or acne-prone skin. Because of its exfoliating properties, you should be careful while using salicylic acid as it can leave your skin feeling dry and sensitive to the sun. It is recommended to use this acid in the evening. Night creams and serums are usually infused with salicylic acid.
One of the most commonly used acids in skincare, you may have heard about hyaluronic acid from a lot of people in the beauty industry. It naturally occurs in our body, however, as we age the production of this acid decreases, making our skin look dull and lifeless. Introducing products that contain hyaluronic acid can replenish your skin’s moisture and make it look plump and hydrated.
As much as your skin needs hydration and cleansing, it also requires a barrier to protect itself from external irritants, and niacinamide does exactly that. It helps repair your skin's natural barrier by boosting collagen production. Look for serums that are infused with niacinamide and use them in your nighttime skincare routine.