Facial acids can contribute to clearer skin as they are the skincare ingredient often used in exfoliation. With the right concentrations, these acids can be very beneficial in lessening breakouts, smoothing fine lines and giving individuals an overall brighter appearance.
There are two types of exfoliators, (a) physical exfoliators, like a face scrub, that remove the surface level of the dead skin cells and (b) chemical exfoliators, such as a face peel, that dissolve dead skin cells with natural acids like alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta-hydroxy acid (BHA). Exfoliation helps to remove the skin’s outer layer of dead cells, allowing better absorption of your skincare products and improving your complexion.
For acne concerns, we will be focusing on chemical exfoliators, which have the ability to remove the dead skin cells by loosening the fluid that binds the cells to the outer layers of the skin.
Here are two key ingredients when it comes to acne:
Found in grains, such as barley and wheat, azelaic acid is well-known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties in treating skin conditions like moderate acne and rosacea. For facial products, this acid is usually formulated with a concentration ranging from 15 to 20 percent that can be applied in the morning and night.
This powerful acid is able to clear the pores, kill off bacteria and soothe inflammation. Most importantly, it prevents future acne outbreaks. In addition, it is a skin-lightening agent that treats sunspots and melasma due to its ability in inhibiting the production of abnormal pigmentation.
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Deprived from sugar cane, glycolic acid is the most popular AHA in skincare products for its small sized molecules that penetrate the skin most effectively. It is usually formulated with a concentration below 10 percent.
The primary function of glycolic acid is to remove dead skin cells and prevent acne breakouts. Also, this powerhouse acid has the ability to increase skin thickness and reduce fine lines, making it a great anti-aging agent. Plus, it evens out the skin’s texture and tone while fading away the dark spots.
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