The Sensitive Skin Here
LACTIC ACID BENEFITS
- Gently cleans and exfoliates the skin – creates a radiant skin
- Heals the epidermis and rebuilds cell walls – hydrates and slows cell water loss
- Is antibacterial especially targets p.acne – all types of acne
- Suppresses tyrosinase formation – manages pigmentation
- Promotes skin renewal and collagen production – aging skin
Lactic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)
AHA’s are relatively gentle chemical exfoliants that exfoliate the skin by gently dissolving the bonds between surface skin cells- not as scary as it sounds as it allows dead skin cells to be removed and new skin cells to be generated. AHA’s are often found in anti-aging products as our natural skin cell cycle tends to slow as we age, but they are also useful in addressing acne, reducing pigmentation, brightening skin tone, and giving your skin a smoother and plumper texture. Common AHA’s include lactic acid (which is derived from lactose) and glycolic acid (which comes from sugar cane). These two are the most common as they’re the least likely to irritate your skin. Since AHA’s don’t penetrate deep below the skin surface (due to the fact that they’re water-soluble), they’re ideal for all skin types, even sensitive skin.
Used in over-the-counter skincare products and professional treatments. It’s naturally found in milk, though the lactic acid in today’s skincare products is synthetically produced. Lactic acid is used to exfoliate the skin, lighten dark spots, and improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
When is a cleanser so much more…
When its major ingredient is L-lactic acid!! This form of Alpha Hydroxy Acid provides effective treatment with minimal irritation for almost all skin conditions. It is the AHA of choice containing the highest therapeutic index of all the AHA’s.
Ideally, you should find it in your cleansers and masks rather than Glycolic or Salicylate acid and it should be in a chirally correct form so look for the “L” before the lactic in the name. This means it is in a purer form; safer and stronger in your skin. L-lactic acid, as well as removing the days’ grime and makeup is actually healing the top layers of your skin plus initiating a lot of cellular action deeper down.
When applied to the skin, lactic acids in the cleanser stimulate the exfoliation of surface skin cells by interfering with the bonding between these cells. This causes the sloughing off of dull, rough skin and promotes cellular renewal by increasing cell turnover rates in the upper layers of your skin (epidermis), so you have younger, plumper skin cells within the skin.
Lactic acid is a true multi-tasker – it increases the ceramides in the skin’s protective barrier; it increases water retention; it works to prevent congestion; it improves pigmentation.
Lactic acid can be delivered to the skin in the form of skincare cleansers, serums, lotions and creams as well as clinical peel preparations and tailored facials. It can safely be used in conjunction with topical actives such as Vitamin A, C and B; in fact, they make a great team together.
Please Note: Aspect Dr, Cosmedix Elite and Dermaquest products feature higher-level active ingredients to ensure maximum efficacy without a prescription. These products are only sold at select physician, skin clinic and spa locations. If your purchase contains any Aspect Dr, Cosmedix Elite or Dermaquest products – our Skin Specialist is required to speak with you regarding the use of these products before your purchase can be authorised and shipped.
Our skincare products containing Lactic Acid
A Guide to Selecting the Best Skincare Products
Your skin is the bodies largest organ. Its major functions are protection, regulation and sensation. If our skin is not functioning to its full ability, these functions may become compromised.
It’s easy to get lost in the sea of skincare options these days. Not only are there doctors, dermatologists, skin professionals and aestheticians telling you this or that, you also have YouTubers, bloggers and beauty enthusiasts flooding you with thoughts and ideas too. It’s no wonder there are so many skin issues and concerns these days. When you don’t know where to start or what information is reliable, how is your skin really going to respond? More importantly, the use of incorrect skincare products can actually exasperate your condition or cause additional skin problems.
The use of professional active ingredient skincare is recommended. The “Professional” skincare products we recommend on this site can only be purchased through certified stockists and practitioners who are required to provide their professional advice on the application of these products, (as opposed to those you can purchase over the counter (OTC) in the department stores and supermarkets). These recommended professional products contain;-
- higher levels of active ingredients to boost your skin’s health and correct skin problems
(OTC product lines have less active ingredients to minimise the chance of irritation to protect the buyer)
- are backed by clinical studies
(not exaggerated unsubstantiated claims)
- are made in small batches and distributed to trained or licensed skin therapists, spas and salons to be supplied with professional advice on their use
(OTC products are made for the masses and sold in department stores and supermarkets)
- contain small molecule technology for dermal and epidermal penetration
(OTC products that lack active ingredients, have large molecules which are not able to penetrate the skin. When a product can’t properly penetrate the skin, it will only “superficially” treat and temporarily provide relief to skin concerns. This gives the illusion that the products are working without actually treating the skin. Professional lines use molecular technology that penetrates the skin producing clinical results)
- are packaged in airless pump packs to eliminate spoilage of ingredients when exposed to the air
- have pH balanced and adjusted ingredients – skin functions at its prime when the natural pH is between 4.5 and 5.5.
(Often OTC products don’t take pH into consideration and will leave the skin in an alkaline state. When the skin is alkaline, bacteria and free radicals (such as pollution) can invade the skin)
- do not contain unnecessary fillers and preservatives
Professional skincare often has a reputation of being “too expensive” but that is more often than not actually far from the truth. A good professional line will price their products according to the concentration of active ingredients versus fillers and are actually overall more budget-friendly. It is a common mistake to overuse products which leads to the perception that professional skincare is more expensive. Our Skin Specialist will advise you on the appropriate amount and when to use the products according to your skin condition and type.
When used properly, professional skincare products will last longer and work better giving you the ultimate bang for your buck. OTC products will have a lower upfront cost but over time can be similar in price or more expensive than professional skincare and won’t actually repair the skin condition being treated.