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LACTIC ACID

Sensitive Skin Hero

lactic-acid

Benefits

  • 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 – aging skin

Lactic acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)

AHA’s are relatively gentle chemical exfoliants that exfoliate the skin by gently dissolving the bonds between surface skin cells- not as scary as it sounds as it allows dead skin cells to be removed and new skin cells to be generated. AHA’s are often found in anti-aging products as our natural skin cell cycle tends to slow as we age, but they are also useful in addressing acne, reducing pigmentation, brightening skin tone, and giving your skin a smoother and plumper texture. Common AHA’s include lactic acid (which is derived from lactose) and glycolic acid (which comes from sugar cane). These two are the most common as they’re the least likely to irritate your skin. Since AHA’s don’t penetrate deep below the skin surface (due to the fact that they’re water soluble), they’re ideal for all skin types, even sensitive skin. 

Used in over-the-counter skin care products and professional treatments. It’s naturally found in milk, though the lactic acid in today’s skin care products is synthetically produced. Lactic acid is used to exfoliate the skin, lighten dark spots, and improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles. 

When is a cleanser so much more…

When its major ingredient is L-lactic acid!! This form of 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.

When applied to the skin, lactic acids in the cleanser stimulate the exfoliation of surface skin cells by interfering with the bonding between these cells. This causes the sloughing off of dull, rough skin and promotes cellular renewal by increasing cell turnover rates in the upper layers of your skin (epidermis), so you have younger, plumper skin cells within the skin.

Lactic acid is a true multi-tasker – it increases the ceramides in the skin’s protective barrier; it increases water retention; it works to prevent congestion; and it improves pigmentation.

Lactic acid can be delivered to the skin in the form of skin care cleansers, serums, lotions and creams as well as clinical peel preparations and tailored facials. 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.

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