“Know Your Acids! In Skin Care and Chemical Peels”

If you pick up any of your skin care products, whether it be your face cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer or even foundation, there are various acids that are used to give the skin a certain boost. Many of us think that acids (like Salicylic Acid) are only used for people with acne. But the reality is that certain acids can actually help with a variety of skin ailments, like sun damage, fine lines, skin texture and producing collagen and elastin. Here are the most popular acids used:


Ascorbic Acid/Citric Acid: Derived from oranges and lemons, protects skin from free-radical damage, lightens, hydrates and helps with collagen production

Glycolic Acid: Derived from sugar cane, helps with acne, sun damage and fine lines

Hyaluronic Acid: Naturally have HA in our tissue, helps with hydration, wound healing, and elasticity production

Kojic Acid: Derived from mushrooms, used to brighten and lighten skin

Lactic Acid: Derived from sour milk, gentle, helps with fine lines

Malic Acid: Derived from apples and pears, helps hydration and heal acne

Mandelic Acid: Derived from almonds, antibacterial and skin lightener

Oleic/Linoleic Acid: Omega 6 fatty acids found in vegetable oils, helps with hydration, acne, and producing collagen

Retinoic Acid: A form of Vitamin A, helps with texture and fine lines

Salicylic Acid: Derived from aspirin, helps acne and inflammation

Tartaric Acid: Derived from grapes, hydrating and helps with acne and collagen production