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Lactic Acid: The IT Girl Ingredient for Sensitive Skin and Beyond

It’s a common thing to view sensitivity as a sign of weakness. Whether having a sensitive personality or sensitive skin, all it calls for is just a little extra TLC. The good thing is comfort foods exist, and so do options for sensitive skins. So unlike TLC, we won’t be crying waterfalls.

In some cases, a typical sensitive skincare routine includes a gentle cleanser, serum, fragrance-free moisturizer, and sunscreen. But when it comes to adding a chemical exfoliant to the mix, which is the right one?

Two words, Lactic Acid.

What is Lactic Acid?

Lactic Acid is a type of gentle chemical exfoliant. But even though it’s gentle to the skin, lactic Acid gets it done. It increases cell turnover and eliminates dead skin cells on the top layer of the skin. When used in 12% concentration, the lactic Acid helps the skin become firmer and thicker, which results in an overall smoother appearance. But in addition, it also can be used to brighten even skin and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots.

Since it uses the mildest forms of AHA — or alpha-hydroxy Acid, it does not disrupt the skin’s pH balance or cause redness/irritation, making it perfect for sensitive skin.

Definitely the total IT girl of chemical exfoliants.

How often should I use it?

The rule of thumb says that weaker strength lactic acids can be used daily. However, because everyone’s skin reacts differently, it’s important to be aware of the overuse signs. For example, if your skin develops irritation, red, dry, basically everything it wasn’t supposed to do, take a break for a couple of days and let your skin recover. Once you and your skin are ready, try using it every other day.

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