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How to Use Lactic Acid

Lactic Acid

How to Use Lactic Acid

Lactic acid naturally occurring in our bodies is helpful in building and repairing injured or damaged tissue. However, when the body is put under excessive amounts of pressure (such as from excess sweating) or a condition of poor oxygenation, lactic acid can create problems. It tends to draw moisture and nutrients out of the skin which can cause the skin to become dry, flaky and wrinkled. Some people also find that they have an increase in dead skin cells due to lactic acid accumulation. It is commonly found in products marketed for the treatment of dry skin, however many people do not realize its benefits and how to use it properly.

With all the hype surrounding the benefits of lactic acid, it can be hard to determine how to use it effectively. I have had some people recommend it for dry, flaky, redness prone skin but those customers were also experiencing extreme sun sensitivity. It was difficult to tell which solution was more effective and safer. However, there were a few simple rules I followed that resulted in satisfying results without the sun sensitivity!

The first step is to make sure you are using a non-acidic toner prior to using any AHA based exfoliant. The Glycolic acid in your cleanser may mask dryness and irritation, but it does little for removing dead skin cells. If you choose to use a product with glycolic acid, make sure it is a glycolic type which does not cause a reddening effect. Also check to see if there are any abrasive ingredients such as apricot shell, which could irritate the eyes. Finally, check to make sure the pH balance of your cleanser is neutral.

Once you are ready to use a product with glycolic acid and lactic acid, follow the same steps above. However, before applying them to your face, open up your skin care cosmetics and wash your face twice with a mild soap and water. You do not want to scrub or rub your face with a loofah or other exfoliating tools which could further irritate your skin. Instead, gently pat it dry and apply your cleanser, preferably in a circular motion.

There are a number of ways you can test for a reaction between the two acids. Most people report seeing redness, swelling or soreness at the site of application. If you are testing on a small area, place only a dab of each on a portion of your face and wait for a few minutes. You can then do the same test on another part of your face and so on, until you notice no change. The best way to test for skin reactions of these types of products is to use them as directed.

Another use for lactic acid products is to treat fine lines and wrinkles. Applying a small amount around the eyes can lessen the appearance of fine lines by giving the skin an extra boost of moisture, making the skin look younger and fresher. The same properties that make it a great moisturizer can also help to fade away age spots and other signs of aging.

Because of its ability to penetrate deeply into the pores of the skin, lactic acid products should be used regularly. For best results, use products that contain 10 percent acid. If you are using other types of skin care products for long periods of time, you should increase this concentration to your favorite cream or lotion after every few hours of use. For instance, if you use anti-aging products every day, you can increase the concentration to one percent by the time you go to bed and then increase it again to two percent upon waking up in the morning.

If you want to know more about the many benefits of lactic acid products or would like to learn how to create your own at home, contact a skin care specialist. Most beauty experts have seen the effects of lactic acid firsthand and can provide you with the knowledge you need to use these natural products effectively. They may even be able to recommend a brand or two that can provide all of the benefits you’re looking for. You can learn more about lactic acid in the ingredients section below.