Have you heard how amazing Lactic Acid and skin care is? It’s an important ingredient in your facial cleanser, serums and masks, as well as being so much more! Having clean skin has become particularly important in today’s modern world. This is because the Environment is now filled with pollutants and irritants, before you even add skin care and cosmetics to your skin. For your skin to function properly, you need to remove these irritants from the surface of your skin. As they are proven to deteriorate it’s health. Now, more than ever, it’s essential to use a cleansing option to help remove this grime, rather than just relying on water. Otherwise you’ll still be left with residues of this toxic layer, which will advance the ageing of your skin.
Why is Lactic Acid in your cleanser so much more?
What makes a cleanser so much more though? When its major ingredient is L-lactic acid!! This form of AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) provides an effective cleanse with minimal irritation for almost all skin conditions. It is the AHA of choice containing the highest therapeutic index of all the AHA’s. Traditionally a good clean involved scrubbing your skin with harsh granules or soaps, that damage your skin whilst cleansing. You can now gently erode the bonds that hold dead skin and grime to your healthy skin below. Allowing it to be gently washed away instead. This is the power of Lactic Acid and skin care products. Providing you with a thorough cleanse naturally without damaging your skins protective barrier.
While there are many Acids in your everyday skin care. Ideally you should find it in your cleansers and masks (and the occasional serum) 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. There are a whole range of AHA’s, but keep and eye out for Lactic Acid!
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. This is why they are often included in skin care designed to cleanse, exfoliate as well as serums that are healing and reprogramming the lower level of your skin cells.
So what can Lactic Acid do for your skin?
- Gently clean and exfoliate the skin – creating a radiant skin.
- Healing the Epidermis and rebuilding Cell Walls – hydrating while slowing cell water loss.
- It’s Antibacterial and especially targets p.acne – it assists all types of acne.
- Suppresses Tyrosinase formation – manages pigmentation issues.
- Promotes skin renewal and Collagen production – rejuvenating ageing skin.
Which Skin Conditions Benefit From Lactic Acid?
- Dull lifeless skin in need of exfoliation.
- Epidermal Hyper-pigmentation – brown or red spots.
- Congested skin – when it feels lumpy and dirty.
- Dehydrated skin – when it feels rough and dry.
- Mild to moderate acne.
- Photo-ageing – your facial lines and wrinkles.
- Pseudofolliculitis / ingrown hairs – uncomfortable.
The Science behind Lactic Acid and Skin
Lactic Acid belongs to a family of Acids called Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs). These are produced naturally within your body and also derived from milk products. Of course, Lactic Acid is synthetically produced for skin care purposes. Depending on the strength, pH and bio-availability of the Lactic Acid, it can be used daily as a gentle exfoliant, moisturising agent or as a professional peel treatment.
Most importantly – in lower percentages, Lactic Acid has a moisturising effect, reducing trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). It does this 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 your skin’s surface. Not only this, but it works within the Pilosebaceous unit which means “treating your acne,” brilliant hey! Lactic Acid can also work deeper in your skin, increasing cellular turnover, stimulating Fibroblast activity that thickens your dermis and creates a more structured and compact epidermis. Basically, keeping your skin strong and firm, which is of course more youthful! Yes please!
How do you find and apply Lactic Acid in your Skin Care?
Lactic acid can be delivered to your skin in the form of cleansers, serums, masks as well as clinical peel preparations. It can also be safely be used in conjunction with antioxidants such as Vitamin A, B and C; in fact, they make a great team together. This is because they all work together to strengthen and heal your skin, but in different ways. Combined they become the powerhouse in your anti-ageing regime! As Lactic Acid can be found within a myriad of skin care products, it’s always best to follow the directions provided. We have a whole range of products that include Lactic Acid, but we’ve share our favourite short-list with you below to make things easier for you.
Our Best Selling Lactic Acid Skin Care Products
Oily Skin and Acne Cleansers
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