Role of Various Acids in Exfoliating Dead Skin Cells

We all know acids can be dangerous, but apart from this, using acids has plenty good effects on our skin, especially for exfoliating dead skin cells. Acids having –ic at the end of their names have the qualities to make skin smooth and glowing definitely after a short time of redness. Like hyaluronic acid, is an effective ingredient for moisturizing. We even wrote an article to tell all you need to know about hyaluronic acid. This time, we will have a brief idea about different acids that help skin to remove dead cells and make skin smooth and flawless.

Acetic Acid

Acetic acid is a type of vinegar. When combined with malic acid and apple cider vinegar, acetic acid becomes a powerful agent in removing skin scalp.

Azelaic Acid

Azalic acid works as an anti-oxidant. Generally this is originated from ingredients like yeast, grain and sometimes barley. Azalic acid is the best protection against pimples, skin swelling and inflammation.

Carbolic Acid

It is a strong pealing agent of dead skin cells, usually known as phenol worldwide. Cautions need to be followed while using it as sometimes it may cause irritation and respiratory toxicity.

Citric Acid

Critic acid, which is also known as alpha hydroxyl acid overseas, is not as strong as glycolic acid and lactic acid. Also it’s not very common in the market as exfoliating agent. But it can be used as a homemade compound.

Glycolic Acid

Experts highly recommend the glycolic acid for skin exfoliation as they do not penetrate the cells and works only on the surface of the skin. This acid is widely available in the market as pealing agent.

Lactic Acid

As a popular alternative of glycolic acid, lactic acid moisturizes the skin during exfoliation. It’s a alpha hydroxyl acid that inhibits the production of excessive lactic acid when we undergo with physical exercise.

Linoleic Acid

This fatty acid is very much helpful for removing skin acne and reduces the imbalance between linoleic acid and oleic acid. Being very rich in omega, it’s a well recommended acid by dermatologists.

Retinoic Acid

Vitamin A and some of its derivatives are converted into retinoic acid when applied to skin. This acid is a great solution for sun damage and acne.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid works as a heavy duty exfoliating agent and also ideal solution for acne. It penetrates the skin deeper.

Mandelic Acid

Originated from bitter almonds, mandelic acid is one of the antibacterial agents and much recommended for acne, and it is mostly advisable for sensitive skins.

So much we have introduced you about many kinds of acids used in skincare products, now you can be wise next time you choosing the products suit for your skin.


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