What Is Lactic Acid -
and is it the right choice for your skin?

What is lactic acid?

There is no denying the powerful benefits of "acids" in skin care.

They are some of the most effective ingredients you can use to see an actual change in your skin... 

What Is Lactic Acid

You need to know exactly what acid out of the following 3 is going to be the best for your skin:

Glycolic Acid

Salicylic Acid

Lactic Acid?

This page will tell you exactly what lactic acid is and when it is right for your skin!

Exactly What Is Lactic Acid?

Lactic acid is derived from (sour) milk, and is known for its skin softening abilities. This is why Cleopatra was such as fan of her famous milk bathes (those clever Ancient Egyptians..)

It is part of the Alpha Hydroxy group, along with Glycolic Acid (the superstar) and citric acid.

How Does It Work and What Is Lactic Acid Good For?

Like its fellow AHA's lactic acid works by breaking down the 'glue' between skin cells, causing them to slough off and reveal the newer, shinier, healthier skin underneath.

This is perfect for:

  • Reducing fine lines
  • Improving skin tone and texture
  • Fading pigmentation, acne scars and evening out the color of your skin
  • Controlling and preventing oiliness and breakouts

But wait - there's more!

This even and effective exfoliation from consistent use of AHA's helps stimulate/improve collagen production, which means firmer skin and less wrinkles. Yes!



So What EXACTLY Is Lactic Acid Good For and Is It Right For You?

Glycolic acid is the star for all-round aging and even acne problems because it has the smallest molecules of the group, so can penetrate skin deeper and easier.

But this can make glycolic acid irritating to some people.

And that's where lactic acid comes in - it works on the surface of your skin and is therefore more gentle. 

It is better for dry skin or those simply looking for softening benefits, and can be successful for sensitive skin (caution is still needed)...

  • Lactic acid is effective in gently lightening skin - whether that's pigmentation patches, pimple/acne scars (not deep ones) or simply uneven skin tone
  • It is good for dry skin as it has excellent softening abilities and is more gentle than glycolic acid
  • Lactic acid is particularly beneficial for body skin, which is why you will find so many body lotions* with this ingredient. It can soften skin, control body acne, and even pigmentation (for example: fade sunspots on your arms and legs).

How To Use Lactic Acid For Best Results 

You have a few options for using lactic acid: 

1. In a cleanser:

In a cleanser - AHA's in a cleanser ensure a deep cleanse and exfoliation, leaving you with brighter, softer skin after each wash.

Their 'work' is most potent for the first few seconds to 1minute of being on the skin, so don't worry about the fact you wash it off - it is still highly effective.

See reviews and details about our Alpha Beta Exfoliating Cleanser here 

2. Lactic acid lotion/cream

In a cream/lotion - BEST FOR BODY SKIN.

Results from a lotion may not be as noticeable on facial skin since since it is diluted with other ingredients. 

But if your concern is dry, rough, pigmented skin or acne breakouts on your body, a lotion is a fantastic option. 

Recommended product here*

3. A lactic acid peel

Either see a professional esthetician or dermatologist, or consider doing your own peel at home.

A peel done once every week or two can give great results - keep in mind it may take from 4 - 6 peels to really see results, consistency matters! 

Always start with a low percentage and follow all instructions*

Enjoy Softer More Even Skin With Lactic Acid 

Lactic acid is the gentler AHA. It is a great option for you if you have dry or sensitive skin:

  • Are you looking for the benefits of these acids in a cleanser for all-round better skin? Try a cleanser
  • Want more noticeable results for your facial skin - and with lactic acid benefits in particular? Try a peel*

Make the most of this effective Alpha Hydroxy Acid - it has the power to give you great skin!


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