December 10 2019 – Tyra Johnson-Brown
To be honest, the thought of putting acid on your skin can sound pretty scary and may cause you to consider something a little less evasive. Equally scary..opting for unhealthy injections or fillers for quick fix is certainly something that we do not recommend either. But contrary to your beliefs, we have found that there are many acids out there that do wonders for skin. It’s just about finding and choosing the right one for you. Keep reading and we'll show you how.
Choosing the Right Acid for Each Skin Type
Do you have Dry Skin?
Some acids can be way too harsh on your skin and make your dryness worse. This skin type can also be extremely sensitive, and even acne prone. Texture, hydration, and anti-aging are some of major concerns when dealing with dry skin. Here are the acids that meet your dry skin needs:
Ascorbic Acid - This awesome acid variant of vitamin C is a must if you deal with dry, flaky skin. It helps to even out your skin tone and leave you with brighter, clearer skin. It can also repair damage from pollution and other external stressors. Ascorbic acid is especially good for dry skin types since it fights signs of anti-aging and repairs damage, something dry skin types can really struggle with.
Oleic Acid -This acid is an excellent moisturizer that doesn’t leave you with too much shine. Oleic acid is a game changer for acne-prone dry skin because this fatty acid will rejuvenate your skin without causing breakouts.
Do you have Oily and Acne-prone Skin?
Finding products that treat oily skin without causing an onset of breakouts can be difficult. Most individuals who suffer from oily, acne-prone skin are familiar with salicylic acid as the holy grail acid for blemishes. But here is an additional acid that will meet your skin’s needs without aggravating it:
Lactic Acid - For oily skin, lactic acid is a gentle way to help control oiliness and breakouts. It even helps repair acne scars. It works solely on the surface of your skin and is therefore gentler than some of the other acids for oily skin, making it perfect for those with oily yet sensitive skin. One of our products that contains lactic acid in the ingredients in our Aloe Papaya Moringa Oil Facial Moisturizer.
Salicylic Acid - Derived from willow bark, salicylic acid is probably the most widely recognized treatment for acne-prone skin. Salicylic acid breaks down the oily sebum that clogs pores and helps prevent blemishes and breakouts. It also increases cell turnover, helping to repair damage from acne as well as treat it.
Do you have Combination Skin?
Anyone with combination skin knows just how confusing managing skin care can be. When different parts of your face have different concerns, it can be tricky to strike a balance with your routine. These acids are the best of both worlds and will leave your skin feeling refreshed and rehydrated:
BHA Exfoliants - These acid exfoliants, beta hydroxy acids, are great for combination skin. Not only do they get rid of excess dry skin cells, they also leave your skin more hydrated. This is because BHAs work inside the pores as well as on the surface of the skin.
Linoleic Acid - Oils high in linoleic acids—like passion fruit, sea buckthorn, and evening primrose oil, are great for combination skin because rather than block pores they help to maintain and clean them. They will ensure your dry areas get some well-deserved moisture without upsetting the oily parts of your face.
This acid makes up a family that includes fruits, such as apples and pears. Malic acid serves as a gentle exfoliant that also adds moisture back into the skin. Additionally, it can help with hyperpigmentation.
Do you have Normal Skin?
With normal skin, the acid world is pretty much your oyster. Any of the acids mentioned could be great to target any specific concerns you may have. Here are options to try out:
Acid Blends - Acid blends are great for normal skin because they allow you to get the most out of one product. Since normal skin is likely to be compatible with many different acids, you can shop around and find combinations that work for you.
Citric Acid - Citric acid is great for normal skin types since it is gentle and tackles the basics. This acid helps to balance skin complexion as well as slough off dead skin. It’s also a great antioxidant that promotes the regeneration of skin cells. They are portable but still ingredient-rich with argan oil, citric acid, and papaya fruit extract.
Do you have Sensitive Skin?
Creating a skin care routine when you have sensitive skin is a slightly stressful process and it can be difficult to determine what is gentle enough or what will itch, burn, or even cause a breakout. But the solution is simple.
Polyhydroxy Acids - Also known as PHAs, what makes these acids so great is they have larger molecule structures, meaning they stick to the surface of the skin and are way gentler than some other acids. They also help to calm existing irritation while boosting your skin with a ton of antioxidants.