Acids In Skincare: Are They Right For Your Skin?

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Acids in skincare are the all the new buzz. You’ve probably heard about the salicylic and hyaluronic acids in popular skincare products.

And while these continue to remain some of the most sought after ingredients, the limits to which acids are used in skincare are vast. 

Through the course of the pandemic, our skincare knowledge has definitely expanded. The idea that our skincare contains acids might seem scary but like most ingredients, there is an appropriate way to use them according to your skin type and needs. 

This blog aims to understand how acids can help you develop the right combination of anti-agers to create a regimen that gives you the benefits you want. It is crucial you know exactly what acids you are putting on your face because not all of them are as safe as they claim to be!

Our guide includes some of the most popular acids used in skincare that must be used with the utmost caution. 


The active compounds in skin care products that are frequently referred to as acids can reduce the pH values of the skin. Lowering the pH level, results in an acidic condition for the skin.

Dead skin cells are digested and dissolved by it. The glue that binds dried-out, expired cells together is somewhat broken down by acids.

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA) are two of the most popular kinds of acids used in skin care products. AHAs are compounds that dissolve in water and are frequently used as exfoliants.

The most frequent ingredients in skin care products that we use to cure sun spots, pigmentation, improve the texture and tone of the skin, and prevent wrinkles are alpha hydroxy acids.

BHAs, on the other hand, are oil-soluble and may enter clogged pores to thoroughly cleanse the skin. They can be effective for skin that is more oily and prone to acne by clearing clogged pores.


In general, when using acids in your skincare you must be careful of the amount of exfoliation and cleansing you put your skin through. While some acids are more gentle than others, it can be difficult to understand when you have overused acids on your skin.

Here are some acids that you can use in your skincare routine, if done so appropriately. 

We use ratings from the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep to determine the safety of acids used in cosmetic and skincare (1 being a low rating, signifying low risks).

EWG is an activist organization that uses research to determine if the products or foods we consume are contributing to our overall health. A reliable source for millions across the country, EWG ratings help us make informed choices. 

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There is a wealth of published data that supports the anti-aging benefits of Ascorbic acid aka Vitamin C. It is an antioxidant, which means it defends against environmental aggressors like pollution, prevents the development of hyperpigmentation, and promotes collagen, among other things. 

However, ascorbic acid can be extremely potent if used more than necessary. After using topical vitamin C, some people may feel irritation including stinging, itching, and dryness.



Many people question if benzoic acid is helpful for skin when they see it listed as a component in skin care products. It has been demonstrated that benzoic acid contains anti-inflammatory and calming effects that can help reduce discomfort and avoid inflammation.

Benzoic acid is frequently mixed with salicylic acid to treat skin infections in addition to reducing skin irritation.

Although the acid by itself is not cancer-causing, when mixed with vitamin C, it can produce benzene. An elevated risk of developing cancer has been linked to the chemical benzene.



Glycolic acid (a type of AHA) is found in sugar beets and unripe grapes. Although glycolic acids have the ability to rejuvenate skin, it's crucial to keep in mind that each person has unique genetic and cellular composition.

Since everyone is different when it comes to skincare regimens, it's critical to keep in mind that what one person finds to be the ideal solution may irritate another.

Skin irritation with glycolic acid can result in redness and itching. Peeling skin is yet another adverse impact of utilizing glycolic acid. Peeling of the skin may be caused by dry skin and make it seem unhealthy, which is bad for those with sensitive skin.



Gallic acid is a brightening agent that is derived from plants and herbs.  Due to its potent antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory capabilities, it can protect stressed skin, and reduce the visibility of redness and uneven skin tone. 

However, one of the biggest drawbacks of gallic acid is lack of research conducted around the usage of the ingredient.

While its theoretical properties may seem highly beneficial for the skin, the lack of thorough understanding can make it a questionable ingredient to include in our daily skincare routine. 



Lactic acid is often known as a mild AHA. On all skin types, including sensitive skin, this alpha hydroxy acid eliminates skin's dead cells, brightens dark spots, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.  

The most crucial fact you should be aware of before using lactic acid is that it might increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun. It is essential to do a patch test before use because it can potentially produce itching and redness on particular skin types.



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*Disclaimer: We highly recommend that you contact a trained health professional, before introducing any products into your routine especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.


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