Acid always conjures a lot of terrifying images and news stories to mind. It really shouldn’t though. You use and eat acids day in and day out without ever actually knowing or thinking about it simply because they’re part of natural foods and compounds. Ascorbic acid? That’s one of the forms of vitamin C that you’ll find in abundance in orange juice and plenty of vegetables. It is actually really good for your health. In this spirit, OROGOLD would like to quickly cover some of the best acids to look for in topical treatments. These often come under a lot of different names and it can be hard to tell the quality of products claiming to use them. As a result, we’ll offer suggestions on products to use with them in it as well.
Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids
Now these are your friends if you struggle with oil and acne, but they do have their own specific uses. Alpha hydroxy acids are things like glycolic, citric, and lactic acid. These acids and their variations offer gentler cleansing options among the hydroxy acids used in cosmetics. They penetrate oils and help lift them from the skin. Beta hydroxy acids only see one of their number used in cosmetics routinely: salicylic acid. This acid you’ll usually see in acne treatments and most oil treatments like the 24K Oil-Control Prevention Mask. It is a little stronger than the alpha hydroxy acids and penetrates deeper into pores to help clean out blocked pores rather than providing just a surface cleaning. This makes it a bit harsher, but definitely effective.
Remember this from earlier? This variation on vitamin C isn’t just good for the inside of your body. It sees a lot of using in topical products. Ascorbic acid is actually the nutrient equivalent of a skin “superfood” given the wide range of support that it can offer the skin internally and topically. When you apply it using a product like the 24K Vitamin C Facial Cleanser, the acidic nature of the compound helps to even out skin tone and decrease the appearance of skin discolorations from aging or sun damage. An even better aspect that applies to both eating vitamin C rich foods and using products is that it helps boost collagen growth in the skin. This helps smooth out fine lines and reduce the appearance of other wrinkles. Oranges, it turns out, are good for your skin.
This acid’s name looks similar to retinol for a reason. It is part of retinol. The same compound you’re used to seeing in eye creams and similar anti-puffiness and aging treatments is actually composed partly of an acid. More direction variations on this vitamin A based compound are used throughout skin care. You can even find a version of it in the 24K Intensive Eye Formula Cream because of how good it is for your skin. Much like ascorbic acid, it helps support collagen growth and stimulates the skin overall towards better health. The fortifying effect is typically paired with moisturizers for any even greater effect and to reduce any dryness from using an acidic compound. Vitamin A derived acids are everywhere in skin care.
An acid is just a particular class of chemical and it doesn’t deserve to sound nearly as sinister as most people make it. The acids OROGOLD has highlighted here, in typical formulas, do little more than cause a light tingling to skins. Acids have to be high concentration to cause any real harm and you can trust that any quality skin care product will be precisely formulated to give your skin the best results possible. Remember to keep an eye open for these ingredients the next time you’re hunting products though as they can tip you off whether the product is any good.