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Acids to Incorporate Into Your Skin Care Routine



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Face acids are such a hot topic. Ask any skincare junkie you know and most likely they’re incorporating an acid into their skincare routine. Whatever magic acids have has certainly resonated with people and their skin. Whether you’ve recently jumped onto the skincare acid wagon or want some recommendations, here are five starter acids to consider incorporating into your skincare routine.

Lactic Acid

Your body naturally produces lactic acid when it breaks down carbohydrates during periods of low oxygen levels such as exercising (fun fact: mosquitoes are more attracted to people who emit higher lactic acid on the skin). Lactic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) – a family of acids derived from foods. As a chemical exfoliator, it is used to promote cellular turnover leaving you with a brighter complexion.

Best for: fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, hyperpigmentation

Try: Olga Lorencin Skin Care Lactic Acid Hydrating Serum, $79 or The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA, $6.80 or Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment, $158

Hyaluronic Acid

Unlike other acids, hyaluronic acid acts as a moisturizer. As you age, your skin begins to lose moisture. Hyaluronic acid combats this by attracting and maintaining water. Not surprisingly, cosmetic companies such as Juvederm and Restylane use hyaluronic acid for their dermal fillers.

Best for: fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, dehydrated skin

Try: The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $7.99 or Glossier Super Bounce Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin B5 Serum, $28 or Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream, $52

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Azelaic Acid

Azelaic acid is a dicarboxylic acid naturally found in grain. Add it into your skincare routine if you have acne-prone skin to combat blemishes and post-acne marks. It works by reducing the amount of keratin – the same protein that makes up your hair and nails – on the surface of the skin, leaving the pores clean. It also works as an antibacterial by killing acne-inducing bacteria. Azelaic acid will also benefit people who suffer from rosacea by reducing redness and calming inflammation. It can be used in conjunction with an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta-hydroxy acid (BHA).

Best for: acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation

Try: The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%, $7.90 or Paula’s Choice 10% Azelaic Acid Booster, $28.80

Glycolic Acid

Dull skin will get a boost from glycolic acid – a naturally occurring acid in fruits. Using glycolic acid consistently will stimulate cell regeneration leading to a brighter complexion. It can also improve texture and fine lines on the face by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin as well as help with melasma and hyperpigmentation. Due to being smaller than other AHAs, glycolic acid can penetrate the skin deeper. Be mindful that it can be irritating if you have sensitive skin or use too much of it.

Best for: fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, hyperpigmentation

Try: Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum, $90-$134 or Tula Pro-Glycolic 10% pH Resurfacing Gel, $34 or The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, $8.70

Mandelic Acid

Mandelic acid is great if you want something to combat wrinkles and oily skin at the same time. Similar to lactic and glycolic acid (because they’re all in the same AHA family), mandelic acid helps with skin turnover by loosening the bonds that hold dead skin cells together. Those with sensitive skin will appreciate this gentle exfoliator. Because mandelic acid is molecularly larger than other AHAs, it is absorbed more slowly by the skin causing less irritation.

Best for: fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, hyperpigmentation

Try: NuCelle Mandelic Serum 10%, $50 or The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA, $6.90 or Vivant Skincare Mandelic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser, $48

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