WHICH ACID SHOULD YOU BE INCORPORATING IN TO YOUR SKINCARE?
Scrolling through skincare products a few weeks ago, I began to notice a pattern/trend in some of the ingredients of the various oils, moisturisers and cleansers on offer. ACID!
To a lot of us, acid is what we played with at school in gloves and safety goggles - not something we would even think of putting on our face! Yet dermatologists have discovered that milder forms of certain acids can be used to treat specific problem areas effectively. And in a recent article by Allure, it was reported that acids work at their best between your 20's and 30's - so we need to take advantage of them now and reap the benefits later in life!
The reason I was sold on the idea? I struggle with bouts of breakouts - whether I'm stressed, run down, I've eaten too much ice cream or my hormones are just going crazy. So when I heard that an acid-infused oil directly targeted at breakouts had worked miracles for other people, I knew I had to try it. However not many brands have clearly listed exactly which acid targets what - and with words such as lactic, glycolic and salicylic flying around it get can get pretty mind-boggling. But I was lucky enough to speak to the product development manager at innovative Hungarian skincare brand Omorovicza and get a simple break-down of each acid, what it does and who should be using it.
Glycolic acid plumps the skin to help reduce lines and wrinkles, acne scarring and hyper pigmentation. Used in most chemical peels and because of it's fast results - Glycolic acid is the smallest molecule so penetrates skin the quickest
Best for: Scarring/Aging skin/Fine lines and wrinkles
Find it in: Alpha H - Liquid Gold £33.50 or Rodial - Glycolic cleanser £29.00
Lactic acid is best for treating age/sun spots, plumping fine lines, reducing scars and increase skin firmness over time
Best for: Scarring/Fine lines/Skin firming
Find it in: Omorovicza - Copper peel tubes £90.00 for 16, or Sunday Riley - Good Genes £85.00
Salicylic acid encourages the sloughing of dead skin cells and is great for mild and oily skin. This acid has a drying effect which helps to clear congested pores and build up of dirt for spot and blackhead free skin
Best for: Oily/Combination skin
Find it in: Paula's Choice - BHA Liquid £25.00 or Origins - Super spot remover £15.00
Retinol helps to clear acne by exfoliating skin cells to keep pores clear. It diminishes wrinkles as it works as a powerful antioxidant to help repair skin damage, and helps to rejuvenate skin and smooth the appearance of fine lines
Best for: Acne/Blemish prone skin
Find it in: Algenist - Firming and lifting serum £75.00 or Sunday Riley - Luna night oil £85.00