If you’re like me and you love reading the ingredients list of cosmetics then you’ll probably come across a lot of xyz acids. If you’re also like me then you won’t know what any of them really do. So, I went digging to make both your and my life easier. Here’s a quick breakdown of the four acids I come across the most often and what they each do to your skin.
Good for: treating breakouts
For someone with combination skin, I’ve always had salicylic acid recommended to me. For good reason too – it clears your pores (excess sebum is often the reason for oily skin) and helps to treat breakouts. It’s also, like all the other acids on this list, a great chemical exfoliator and has the added benefit of building collagen, which promotes skin elasticity.
Good for: GETTING A YOUTHFUL GLOW
Found in a ton of “glow” products, this acid is great for targeting hyperpigmentation, reducing the appearance of dark spots, and evening out the skin tone for a clearer complexion. It’s also great for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and can be used as a preventative measure for those of you who are younger.
Good for: BRIGHTENING THE SKIN
This is just a fancy name for Vitamin C. If you’re suffering from hyperpigmentation or dull-looking skin then this is the acid for you, as Vitamin C is famous for boosting the radiance of the skin and evening out skin tone. It’s also an amazing anti-inflammatory and, like salicylic acid, helps to boost collagen production.
Good for: SOOTHING HYDRATION
If you’ve got dry skin then you’ll probably want to go for products with hyaluronic acid. It helps to draw in moisture and hydrate the skin. It can help soothe redness and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, all while helping you achieve smooth skin.