Lactic Acid is a member of the Alpha Hydroxy Acid family. Although it's not quite as well known as its Glycolic counterpart, Lactic Acid is still widely used in the skincare industry. Here are some need-to-know facts on this AHA.
It's a gentler AHA
When you think of AHAs, they tend to be strong, harsh products that aren't suited to everyone's skin. Lactic Acid is a much gentler version, meaning it's suitable for a lot more of us. Rather than just stripping away at the skin, Lactic Acid helps to hydrate the skin, restoring natural lipids in the outer layers.
It's derived from soured milk
Sounds a little gross, but the effects make it worth it! It can also be found in certain fruits, vegetables and plants.
It's got multiple benefits
As with most acids, it is great in an anti-ageing or acne regime thanks to its exfoliating and resurfacing benefits. Lactic Acid helps to improve the appearance of lines, wrinkles, dark spots, uneven skin tone and blemishes. Those with rosacea and sensitive skin can also see benefits from using LA.
It's suitable for most, but not all
Unfortunately, Lactic Acid is not suitable for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding as it can contaminate breast milk. As with all acids, it can also increase sensitivity to UV rays so daily SPF wear is essential. If you're particularly sensitive to the sun it may be best to avoid any AHA products for a least a week before any summer holidays and while you're away.
It's not just for the face
The resurfacing benefits of Lactic Acid can also help to improve skin conditions on the body, such as dry skin, callouses and 'chicken skin' aka keratosis pilaris. If your body scrub or loofa isn't doing the job, look at investing in a gentle AHA body lotion.Need a little more advice on how Lactic Acid might help your individual skin concerns? Call our skincare experts on 0113 282 3181.Written for you by:
Ellie, Face the Future