Why Acid Is Your Face’s BFF

Let’s face it, we’ve already convinced you that an acid peel isn’t as scary as it sounds. In fact, your skin should be no stranger to the major BFF benefits of acid peels.  Let us familiarize you with the diverse types of these potent ingredients and explain just why your skincare regimen should shack up with acids.

Salicylic Acid

What does it do?  A Beta Hydroxy Acid that exfoliates, reducing the number of pore blockages while building elastin and collagen.  Helps with breakouts and large pores rather than acne itself.

What is most commonly found in?  Often found in products such as peels like Extra Strength version, serums, masks and treatments that target acne.

What skin types is it best for? Combination or oily / acne-prone skin types.

Glycolic Acid

What does it do? Used to improve the skin’s appearance and texture, by exfoliating skin and reduces fine lines, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and uneven skin tone.

What is most commonly found in?  Peels including our icon the Universal Alpha Beta Peel, cleansers, serums and anti-aging treatments

What skin types is it best for? Can be used by all skin types, however it is especially great for those who want to target fine lines and wrinkles.

Hyaluronic Acid

What does it do? Found in skin naturally and holds 1000 x its weight in water. Hydrates and plumps the skin by drawing water into the skin from the atmosphere.

What is most commonly found in? Serums, treatments and moisturizers, we are obsessed with this ingredient with many products like our Hydration Booster or Moisture Cushion maximizing the benefits.

What skin types is it best for?  All skin types, especially dry skin or those with acne-prone skin that are looking for an effective oil-free option.

Ferulic Acid

What does it do? Ferulic Acid is a plant-based antioxidant that enhances properties of other vitamins such as retinol (Vitamin A), for healthy skin and sun damage protection. There is a duality to this ingredient:  as an antioxidant, it’s fighting free radicals that cause inflammation and break collagen down, while also protecting the collagen that you have.

What is most commonly found in? Dr. Gross has used Ferulic Acid in combination with retinol, in serums for both face and eye, moisturizers, particularly his latest being the Wrinkle Recovery Peel and Overnight Serum.  This line is one of the bestselling.

What skin types is it best for? Anyone can benefit from this ingredient.

Lactic Acid

What does it do? A naturally-occurring Alpha Hydroxy Acid that helps exfoliate, speed up cell renewal and turnover.

What is most commonly found in? Chemical peels like our super nourishing Ultra Gentle variation.

What skin types is it best for? Anyone can benefit from the use of this ingredient, especially those with post-inflammation pigmentation or acne scarring.

Embrace a love for acids, and they will never let you down with dullness. True friends pick you up, we’ve faced it and you should too!

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