Glycolic, salicylic and hyaluronic acid… You may feel like a chemical engineer in the skin care department. Which acid does what? Which acid is effective on which skin care complaints? While trying to answer all these questions, we are constantly meeting a new acid. This time, our stop is lactic acid! Lactic acid, the most sought after skin care ingredient of the past months, may also be the most effective type of acid.
If you have complaints like blemishes, uneven skin tone, dark circles or hyperpigmentation, it’s time to incorporate lactic acid into your skincare routine! If you have sensitive skin to exfoliating ingredients such as glycolic acid, lactic acid is a much more gentle and risk-free option. If you are ready to be diagnosed with a new acid, you can see all you need to know about lactic acid below…
WHAT IS LACTIC ACID AND WHAT ARE ITS BENEFITS IN SKIN CARE?
Lactic acid may be reminiscent of your biology classes at school. Lactic acid, the acid produced by your muscles when you exercise, performs a completely different role in skin care. Lactic acid, a type of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA), is known for its exfoliant, anti-aging and spot removal properties. Lactic acid, which is usually obtained from vegetable pickles or milk, improves the glow and texture of your face when used topically on the skin. At the same time, lactic acid, which removes acne and skin inequality, provides a highly effective and comprehensive care.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE OF LACTIC ACID FROM GLYCOLIC ACID?
Glycolic acid, a type of AHA acids such as lactic acid, exfoliates the upper layer of your skin. However, there are clear differences between these two acids. There are differences as well as similarities of lactic and glycolic acids that help in anti-aging, moisturizing, fine lines and wrinkle removal. Lactic acid, which is much more gentle compared to glycolic acid, can be applied more frequently. If your skin reacts to glycolic acid and you have complaints such as sensitivity, redness or dryness, lactic acid may be a much safer option.
HOW SHOULD WE USE LACTIC ACID IN SKIN CARE?
The rates of lactic acid-containing skin care products vary between 2% and 10%. If you are trying AHA acids for the first time, you can start with 2% content products and increase the lactic acid content over time. For best results, it is recommended to apply lactic acid at night instead of in the morning. You can apply skin care acid ingredients, which make your skin more sensitive with sunlight, 2 or 3 times a week in your evening care routines.
DOES LACTIC ACID HAVE SIDE EFFECTS?
Lactic acid is a very gentle skin care ingredient. When using skin care acids against your skin that is more sensitive to sunlight, you can use SPF-containing products against UVA and UVB rays.
You can see skin care products containing lactic acid in the photo gallery.