BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO ACIDS

Different Acids & what they’re good for…


Let's get right into it!


1. Salicylic Acid

Best acid for acne!!! However, incredibly drying so if you have dry skin and acne be very careful (only spot treat) or use a gentler acid. My favorite salicylic acid product is Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting BHA Liquid contains 2% BHA. Always use a moisturizer with Salicylic acid. 




2. Glycolic Acid

Best acid for brightening, smoothing, lightening, and hyperpigmentation. This acid helps with fine lines, treats acne and it’s beneficial for most skin types. My favorite glycolic acid product is Mae Love NIGHT RENEWER. Use ONLY at night. 


3. Hyaluronic Acid

The one acid I can’t live without. This is the best acid for moisture moisture moisture! If you want soft and plump skin, hyaluronic acid is a must. It helps strengthen & protect the skin’s moisture barrier. My favorite hyaluronic acid product is Vichy Minéral 89 Face Serum with Hyaluronic Acid. Use in the morning right before your sunscreen. 





4. Lactic Acid

The gentlest acid in the bunch! Perfect for those with dry & sensitive skin. Lactic acid has a moisturizing element because it’s derived from milk. Think of it as pouring milk directly on your face. Helps get rid of blemishes and diminish fine lines. My favorite lactic acid product is The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA .




5. Ascorbic Acid

Vitamin C! This is the Holy Grail of Skin-Care Ingredients! Vitamin C is great for fine lines and brightening your skin. Vitamin C's skin-saving benefits aren't limited to its antioxidant status. It's also highly acidic which means when used topically the skin is triggered to heal itself by accelerating the production of collagen and elastin. My favorite Vitamin C product is Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum. Remember to use your ascorbic acids in the mornings because it works well with your sunscreen. 



6. Kojic Acid

This acid is a skin lightening agent. It’s derived from mushroom-like fungi during fermentation, is often blended into skincare products to help target melasma, age spots, sun spots, acne scars, and another uneven coloring in the complexions of men and women of all ages and races. Be careful, it can be very irritating. My favorite Kojic Acid product is La Roche-Posay Mela-D Pigment Control Serum. I use this ONLY for my inner-thighs, elbows, and knees once a week. 

Remember to always patch test when trying a new product/acid because you don’t know how your skin will react. Also, only try one new product at a time so you know exactly what product is giving you which reaction/result! As always, thank you so much for reading.