Acids in skincare products

Is it safe to put acid on your face? I’m not talking about the acid you were experimenting with in your junior high chemistry class. I’m referring to the acids in many skincare products like the Hyaluronic acid, and salicylic acid. If you’re interested to know what these acids are, then read on.

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the body that helps bind moisture or water to the skin. It is capable of helping the skin’s connective tissue to form and retain collagen and elastin. This and the ability to hold moisture in the skin can aid in the prevention of wrinkles and premature aging.

On the other hand, Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid commonly used to treat comedonal or non-inflamed acne. It works as an exfoliant, promoting the sloughing away of dead skin cells. Salicylic acid is a popular ingredient in many over-the-counter products such as lotions and creams, cleansers, medicated treatment pads, solutions or “toners.”

Though these acids are said to be safe in our skin, still it is best to consult your doctor before using products that contain these ingredients.

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