One of the most effective refinements you can do for your skin is to gently and routinely remove the buildup of dead skin cells. Exfoliating acids may sound a little extreme, but let’s look at 6 reasons why you should be using exfoliating acids on your skin.
Types of Exfoliating Acids
There are two main types of exfoliating acids, each with different properties and benefits.
Alpha-hydroxy acids are water soluble and work primarily on the surface of the skin. Known as AHAs, they include glycolic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid, and several others. These AHAs break up the bonds that hold together dead skin cells. They are good for aging skin and they help to stimulate collagen production, which leaves skin with a fuller, more resilient complexion.
Beta-hydroxy acids are oil based. They remove the dead skin cells and unclog pores to help enhance the way other skin products work. The main component of BHAs is salicylic acid which has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. These qualities make this form of exfoliating acid quite gentle on the skin.
Benefit # 1 – Exfoliating Acids Increase the Formation of New Skin Cells
New skin cells improve radiance and help to give your skin a more youthful appearance. These acids keep fresh and healthy skin cells at the surface while removing the dead and dry ones. Your skin looks firmer and you end up with a glowing complexion. Don’t we all want that?
Benefit # 2 – Exfoliating Acids Allow Other Products to Work
When you remove your dead skin cells first, you allow other skin products to penetrate deeper into the skin and be more effective. Otherwise you waste your money on products like moisturizers and expensive serums because you are not giving them the opportunity to actually work.
Benefit # 3 – Exfoliating Acids Are Safe and Effective
Physical exfoliants are more aggressive like a chemical peel. Exfoliating acids are more gentle and will not irritate skin if used appropriately. Don’t allow the word “acid” to scare you away. They go deeper into the skin, but are easier on the skin.
Benefit # 4 – Exfoliating Increases Collagen Production
Adding exfoliation to your routine will stimulate the production of collagen, giving your skin improved texture and help it to look plump and youthful. In addition, it lessens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Benefit # 5 – Exfoliating Acids Unclog Your Pores
Exfoliation removes all the dead and dry skin cells along with the dirt and debris. It stops the dirt from getting into the pores and forming whitehead and blackheads. Otherwise the dead skin seals your pores trapping oil under the skin leading to breakouts, blackheads and other irritations.
Benefit # 6 – Exfoliating Acids Even Out Skin Tone
If dark spots, acne scars, rough texture, and hyperpigmentation are part of your life, using exfoliants can help to smooth out your skin’s texture and give you a more even look.
Everyone can achieve smoother, clearer, and brighter skin with consistent use of exfoliating acids as part of their regular skin care routine.
Consult with Seven River Plastic and Laser Surgery to be sure a particular exfoliating acid is good for your skin type before you introduce it to your daily regimen. For recommendations on exfoliating acids that may be best for you and your skin, please schedule a consultation with Seven River Plastic and Laser Surgery today by calling (410) 544-9988!