Ingredient Spotlight: Lactic Acid

Lactic acid in skincare products… How does it work? We’ll tell you. 

When lactic acid is produced for skincare purposes it’s derived from sour milk (sounds gross, but bear with us) and modeled after the natural form that it takes within your body.  You can find it in a number of products and reap the benefits using SLMD’s Glycolic Acid Body Scrub, Glycolic Acid Body Lotion, and Resurfacing Acne Swipes.

So what is lactic acid and how does it work?

When it comes to skincare, lactic acid is similar to glycolic acid in that it falls into the category of alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs, which are a group of natural exfoliants found in milk, cane sugar, and fruits. Lactic acid exfoliates your skin by dissolving the proteins that hold your dead skin cells together, without irritating it. It’s known for being one of the most gentle AHAs you can use on your skin!

Aside from its natural exfoliating properties, lactic acid has more than a few benefits for your skin. It promotes collagen growth, which means it reduces wrinkles and fine lines, calms inflammation, delivers deep hydration and evens skin tone, just to name a few.

Lactic acid can increase the barrier lipids in the outer layer of your skin. Lipids = fats, and fats = protection, so this helps to prevent natural moisture from escaping! Lactic acid also helps lighten hyperpigmentation and dark spots and can help clear your breakouts, thanks to its antibacterial properties.

Who benefits from lactic acid in their products?

All skin types can benefit from lactic acid, really. If you are looking to improve acne (especially blackheads and whiteheads) or clarify your skin tone and texture, SLMD’s Resurfacing Acne Swipes, made with Lactic Acid, along with Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid are a great option for you. 

If you’re looking to improve the texture and appearance of the skin on the rest of your body — SLMD’s Glycolic Acid Body Scrub and Glycolic Acid Body Lotion, are a duo that work together to efficiently exfoliate and hydrate your bod. 

Now that you’re informed, make moves and try it for yourself!


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