Guide To Understanding Facial Acids

Written by ClareWithTheHair

Here is your ultimate Guide To Understanding Facial Acids , in this article we cover the different types of facial acids, the area’s they target and the reason’s you would choose one over another. Acid’s are massive news in skincare but there are so many questions around them so we have created this simple to understand guide to facial acids.


There are many types of acids and today I hope to list the most common ones, detail the skin concerns they best treat and what skin types they are best suited for.


Ferulic Acid – Promotes healthy skin, Prevents skin damage, Fight free radicles and protects collagen – Suitable for All Skin Types .

L-Ascorbic Acid – This is an anti-inflammatory acid, that prevents UV damage, simulates collagen and brightens skin tone – Great for All Skin Types .

Hyaluronic Acid – Hydrates and Plumps Skin – Great for All Skin Types especially great for dry skin and those who have acne prone skin that needs and oil free option.

Alpha Lipoic Acid – A wonderful antioxidant, anti aging and wrinkle reducing acid – Fantastic for Mature Skin but any one can use this.

Salicylic Acid – Exfoliates the skin, clears blocked and congested pores, treats break outs, builds collagen and elastain – Ideal on combination skins who have oily area’s and skins that are acne prone.

Glycolic Acid – Reduces fine lines, exfoliates the skin, reduces pigmentation and smooths out an uneven skin tone – Great for All Skin Types.

Lactic Acid – Speeds up cell renewal, balances skin pH and exfoliates – If you have acne scaring this is a great acid for you and is good for all skin types.

Azelaic Acid – This is an anti inflammatory acid that is Great on rosacea, swollen skin and bumps – All Skin Types.

Citric Acid – Speeds up cell renewal, Balances Skin pH – Great for hyperpigmentated skin, not great for sensitive skin.


I have been using Acids for some time and my no1 acid has been from Alpha H, their liquid gold is one skin care item I go back to time and time again because it is absolutely brilliant, for me it cleared my pigmentation, which was so bad I wore a full face of foundation every day including in the sun, now my skin is clear and even in color but also in texture, it helps with any dryness, and clogged pours and is a real hero in my skin care regime. Here is a link to Alpha H Liquid Gold  


Other Acids I have been using lately are from The Ordinary this is a really affordable way to introduce acids into your skin care regime and the guide above should help you to choose the right product for you, however I would still own some Liquid Gold as it is a real all rounder acid, moisture, fine lines, pours, scarring and pigmentation, it is amazing stuff. Shop The Ordinary Here


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