As a word, acid tends to conjure a lot of negative feelings. Movies and the news have shown people a lot of negative ways that acid can be used. Most of these are what give the word such a negative connotation for most people. The thing is that most of us use acids constantly when caring for our skin. Those who don’t should be considering using them too. Acids come in a vast number of forms that each have particular benefits depending on their concentration and use. OROGOLD would like to take the time to highlight some of the beneficial acids that see constant use in skin care. You should have a clearer idea of the place of acids in skin care by the time we’re done and hopefully have less of a gut reaction to the word.
Amusingly, hyaluronic acid is used to hydrate the skin in skin care. This is a great deal different from the mental images of burning that come to mind with the word acid. Its chemical structure makes the acid capable of absorbing vast quantities of water for its weight. This makes it a common ingredient in moisturizers. The already water-filled acid is introduced into another compound in the right concentration and mixed in. Most mixes of this acid at less than 2% in any given product and the actual ingredient is a diluted form of hyaluronic acid at that. That’s how effective it is as a compound. The best part about hyaluronic acid is that it can penetrate the skin with relative ease and distribute moisture to your skin with little extra aid. It is one of a handful of truly ideal skin care ingredients.
AHAs and BHA (Salicylic Acid)
Now OROGOLD would like to touch on the acids you’re most used to hearing about when it comes to peels. Alpha hydroxy acids and the beta hydroxy acid, salicylic acid, are very common ingredients in skin care products. Any acne wash you’ve ever had to use likely contained at least one of these acids. The industry has a lot of experience in selecting the appropriate concentrations for use and the worst problems that most people experience is a little redness when they overuse a product containing these acids. Salicylic acid is the most likely culprit in most of these problems as it is more potent than its alpha hydyoxy acid siblings.
Deep peels frequently use one of these kinds of acids or another. Some mix the two for greater effect. The important point to note is that the concentrations used in a supervised deep peel are far higher than the ones in a normal product. That’s why such potent peels should always be supervised. These acids help deal with builds ups of dead skin, grime, and even skin discolorations by helping dissolve them away. It typically helps give skin a healthy glow and reduces the visibility of malformations.
You’ll probably recognize this acid if we call it by its more common name: vitamin C. The supplements you take whenever cold season rolls around are derived from an acid. It actually serves as a highly beneficial topical ingredient as well. It shares some abilities of AHAs and salicylic acid to a lesser degree, but it makes up for this with other capabilities. One of the primary benefits is that topical absorption of vitamin C helps to increase collagen production in the skin. Between helping remove excess dead skin and boosting collagen, it makes vitamin C one of the best compounds when it comes to fighting the signs of aging. That isn’t bad for an acid. Vitamin C also sometimes gets used in deep peels looking to fortify the skin at the same time it promotes the shedding of dead skin. It really depends upon the professional providing the treatment.
Acids are actually supremely useful in skin care. They’re in our cleansers, masks, and moisturizers whether we’re aware of it or not. AHAs alone have at least four different forms that get used in skin care with more being looked into regularly. You really should be using these products as the acids are often crucial ingredients. OROGOLD hopes this helps you feel a little more inclined to try products marketing themselves with acids. Once you feel confident, then try a deep peel product for a particularly skin refreshing experience.