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7 Facial Acids for Great Skin

Facial acids are the key to clear, healthy, bright and youthful skin but how do you know which one to use? Skincare is something I am starting to take really seriously these days and it doesn’t have to be expensive to  maintain or achieve good skin. I’ve been reading about them and seen so many people rave about them and so I thought I’d share with you what acids are and how to use them. Facial acids may sound scary at first but they are a guaranteed pathway to a healthy glowing skin.

Currently, I’m using lactic acid to clear my post acne spots. Unlike acids, oils sound a bit safer and more familiar but some of these scientific sounding treatments are mysterious. Not to worry, I’ve got you covered. However, you want to be careful about using them and not to combine the wrong ones. They come in different strengths and for that, you can decide to do a test on a small area of your skin and start with lower potency.

My personal recommendation for a beginner is The Ordinary Line by DECIEM.


Glycolic Acid

Exfoliates skin, reduces fine line, hyperpigmentation, for dark spots and uneven skin tone.

Skin types: for all skin types, great for wrinkles and fine lines.

Salicylic Acid

Exfoliates skin, treats breakout, clears pores, builds elastin and collagen.

Skin types: Combination, oily or acne prone skin.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hydrates and plumps skin by drawing by drawing in moisture from surrounding environment.

Skin type: All skin types, dry skin and acne prone skin that needs an oil-free option.

L-Ascorbic Acid

This is pure Vitamin C. Anti-inflammatory, prevents UV damage, stimulates collagen and brightens skin tone.

Skin type: All skin types.

Ferulic Acid

Enhances retinols, promotes healthy skin, prevents sun damage, fights free radicals and protects collagen.

Skin type: All skin types.

Lactic Acid

Alpha hydroxy acid. Exfoliates, speeds up cell turnover revealing younger and brighter skin.

Skin type: All skin types, particularly those with scarring and dark spots.

Retinoic Acid

Anti-aging, cell growth, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Skin type: ageing skin/anti-ageing

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