When is a cleanser so much more…
When its major ingredient is L-lactic acid!! This form of AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) provides an effective treatment with minimal irritation for almost all skin conditions. It is the AHA of choice containing the highest therapeutic index of all the AHA’s.
Ideally you should find it in your cleansers and masks rather than Glycolic or Salicylate acid and it should be in a chirally correct form so look for the “L” before the lactic in the name. This means it is in a purer form; safer and stronger in your skin.
L-lactic acid, as well as removing the days’ grime and makeup is actually healing the top layers of your skin plus initiating a lot of cellular action deeper down.
So what can it do for you?
- Gently cleans and exfoliates the skin – creates a radiant skin
- Heals the epidermis and rebuilds cell walls – hydrates and slows cell water loss
- Is antibacterial especially targets p.acne – all types of acne
- Suppresses tyrosinase formation – manages pigmentation
- Promotes skin renewal and collagen production – ageing skin
This is the one must have ingredient in your skin care if you are concerned about
- Dull lifeless skin in need of exfoliation
- Epidermal hyperpigmentation – brown or red spots
- Congested skin – feels lumpy and dirty
- Dehydrated skin – feels rough and dry
- Mild to moderate acne
- Photoageing – lines and wrinkles
- Pseudofolliculitis/ ingrown hairs – uncomfortable
Lactic acid belongs to a family of acids called alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). Produced naturally within our bodies and also derived from milk products, lactic acid is synthetically produced for skincare purposes. Depending on the strength, pH and bioavailability of the lactic acid, it can be used daily as a gentle exfoliant, moisturising agent or as an in clinic peel treatment.
Most importantly – in lower percentages, lactic acid has a moisturising effect, reducing transepidermal water loss (TEWL) through the increased production of the skin’s natural fats and oils (ceramides and GAGs). In higher concentrations, lactic acid can gently break down the ‘glue like’ bonds between epidermal cells, creating an exfoliating effect on the skin’s surface and within the pilosebaceous unit which means “treating your acne”. Lactic acid can also work deeper in the skin, increasing cellular turnover, stimulating fibroblast activity to thicken the dermis and create a more structured and compact epidermis.
Where to find it and how to use
Lactic acid can be delivered to the skin in the form of cleansers, serums, lotions and creams as well as clinical peel preparations. It can safely be used in conjunction with topical actives such as Vitamin A, C and B; in fact, they make a great team together.
Excluding our very specific facials (for acne and pigment) all our treatments/peels, cleansers and masks are based on L-lactic acid.
Interested in a treatment?
A truly lunchtime treatment: 30 min only – easy and effective for male (as well as female) skin
A series of L-lactic acid treatments is a perfect way to kick-start a new program or prepare your skin for a special day. Treatments can be 2-4 weeks apart and have minimal downtime depending on your prep regime and only take 30 min! As we can tailor make the % used they are an excellent alternative for the thicker male skin.
We do recommend that you have started on a Vitamin A serum around 2 weeks prior to your first however this can depend on your skin condition.
They begin at 20% concentration and increase to 60%. Your skin is examined at each visit and a decision made with you as to the % to use this time.
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