When you think of acids, it’s usually not in a context that would make you think that putting them on your face is good. Depending on the acid and your skin type, acids can be awesome for your skin! They’re becoming a huge craze. But, why are acids good for your skin? We’ll go over a few of the most popular ones and their benefits!
If you’ve had pimples as a teenager (or even now) and you’ve tried drugstore creams and washes, you’ve probably tried salicylic acid. Salicylic acid works on acne prone skin because it clears clogged pores (by exfoliating) and works as an anti-inflammatory agent. Even if you don’t have acne, salicylic acid can work well for you because it clears pores. Think about adding salicylic acid to your routine if you have large pores, for example. However, this acid may not be for you if you have dry or sensitive skin.
Glycolic acid stimulates collagen, which helps with fine lines, wrinkles, and the general tone of the skin. It also reacts well with most skin types, so it’s a great acid for beginners.
This acid that aids in moisturizing is very in vogue right now. It’s a natural carbohydrate and humectant found in the human body that cushions and lubricates the skin. We’re born with a large amount of it when we’re born and over time we lose it. Hyaluronic acid has an incredible ability to hold over 1,000 times its own weight in water! When you put it on your skin, it absorbs water from the air and hydrates and plumps your skin.
Lactic acid is the rare acid that’s a moisturizing exfoliant. It’s very mild and is a great option for people with sensitive skin. Salicylic acid and a few other acids function as exfoliants but they can be very harsh.
How to Use Acids
1.) Do a spot test
Don’t put a new acid all over your face the first few times you use it. You want to apply it to a small section of your skin and see how your skin reacts with it.
.2.) Dilute it by adding a little to a moisturizer
If you have sensitive skin, you may want to consider using a little with your moisturizer as your skin gets used to the acid. After about two weeks, you can use the acids on your skin without moisturizers.
3.) Be careful about layering acids
Make sure you check about putting certain acids together. Generally, a good rule of thumb is to go from the lowest pH to the highest pH.