The word “acid” cant seem good in any context and the thought of self-willingly putting something called an “acid” on your face seems like a bad idea, an absolute disaster. Well in actual fact, they are great – yeah you read it right, acids may sound scary but the right ones can actually work wonders for skin, even those with sensitive skin!
Skincare acids are used to target a variety of concerns and have been shown to improve everything from signs of aging to hyperpigmentation and texture. Infact, acids are growing quite popular in skin care these days, known as chemical exfoliators with the main aim of sloughing away dead skin cells, resulting in smoother, brighter and a glowing complexion.
It is important to keep in mind that you shouldn’t be layering on acids on your face..cause well that’s a recipe for disaster. Do proper research before giving them a try.
There are namely 3 acids that are known to target acne:
i) Salicylic Acid
Salicylic Acid is known as beta hydroxy acid (BHA), it is a naturally occurring compound that is popularly known as the remedy to acne-prone skin. This acid is able to penetrate the skin deeper thus targeting blackheads and whiteheads, dissolving skin debris that clogs pores – which is the main factor that lead to pimples.
ii) Benzoyl Peroxide
Known to be the “most well-researched acid” it is also proven to be effective. This ingredient is widely used in treating acne, because it targets your breakouts with instant visible differences. However, because Benzoly Peroxide is a strong chemical, and many brands tend to use it in ways that are too harsh for the entire skin – it is recommended to use benzoyl peroxide with a careful hand, as a spot treatment or formulas that help in soothing the skin while targeting the breakouts.
iii) Glycolic Acid known as Alpha Hydroxy
Acid (AHA), similar to BHA it is a chemical exfoliate that helps in removing dead skin and clearing out the gunk in clogged pores. What sets it aside from BHA is that is helps in combating fine lines, pigmentations and scarring – great for post acne marks! Aside from keeping acne at bay, it is a hydrating acid which helps in building the skin’s surface barrier!
There are many brands coming up with multiple acid formulated products in stores these days. Whether you’re in search for one that is an acne spot treatment, or cleanser or toner – there are plenty to choose from, and plenty that actually gets the work done! What do you think is the best brand and product that has helped you through this tricky acne time? Share with us, we’d love to hear your story.