The word “acid” can sound pretty scary, especially in a day and age when many people are becoming aware of the not-so-great ingredients that are added into our body and beauty products. However, not all acids are created equally. In fact, there are a number of gentle acids that every woman should have in her assortment of products to diminish daily skin problems. No matter what skin problem you’re dealing with—adult acne, hyperpigmentation, dry skin, etc.—acids can make a major difference. Before going through the all-inclusive list of must-have acids below, you should keep in mind that the best delivery method of acids is via a skin serum due to their highly concentrated nature. However, acids can also be absorbed into the skin through tonics, creams, masks, and peels.
Ideal for those with hyperpigmentation and dark spots; adversely, those with sensitive skin should use with caution. This AHA is known to speed up cell renewal by removing dead skin cells and providing hydration to healing skin. In addition, citric acid works wonders when it comes to balancing the skins pH levels.
A highly beneficial ingredient for all skin types, ferulic acid, encourages healthy skin by boosting retinol, preventing sun damage, warding off free radicals, and even protecting collagen. There’s no reason to not use this awesome acid.
This acid is great for all skin types but is ideal for those experiencing fine lines and wrinkles. Glycolic acid gently exfoliates the skin which ultimately reduces the appearance of fine lines. In addition, the properties of glycolic acid aid in the reduction of hyperpigmentation, age spots (i.e., dark spots), and uneven skin tone.
You may recognize the name, Hyaluronic acid, because the beauty and skincare industries are currently obsessing over this ingredient—for good reason, too! Hyaluronic acid is truly advantageous for all skin types, but those with dry or acne-prone skin will benefit most. A moisture-binding ingredient that is naturally found in the body, hyaluronic acid draws moisture from the environment to plump and hydrate your skin. Just a side note: Hyaluronic acid has also been deemed beneficial when treating wounds and burns.
This ingredient is ideal for any and every skin type—it’s vitamin C in its purest form! L-ascorbic acid is a true skin super hero. Not only is it an affective anti-inflammatory, but it also prevents from damaging UV rays, it stimulates collagen production, and even lightens and brightens dull skin.
This acid is best for those with oily and acne-prone skin types, and even for individuals who experience the frustrations of combination skin. Salicylic acid is the most common ingredient that you’ll find in drug stores or over the counter acne products—that’s because it’s a mighty BHA (e.g., an antioxidant with powerful exfoliation property). Not only does salicylic acid exfoliate the skin and wipe out clogged pores, but it has also been found to aid in the construction of elastin and collagen.