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Alumier Skin Experts / April 6, 2018

Understanding Acids – choosing the right acid to address specific skin concerns/conditions

As you learned from AlumierMD’s previous post on exfoliants, chemical acids are a great way to treat a number of skin concerns like dark spots, acne, dry patches, fine lines, and more. We skimmed over the different types of acids out there, but didn’t get the chance to really break down what each acid can be used for, their benefits, and how they can be used to treat different skin types.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) like glycolic and lactic acid, work on the surface of the skin to loosen the bonds of skin cells. They’re great for normal and dry skin due to their moisturizing properties. AlumierMD’s AHA Renewal Serum and the Bright and Clear Solution use lactic acid and are perfect for fighting the signs of aging and promoting smoother, brighter, more radiant skin.

Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs), such as salicylic acid, work well on blemished skin. They work on both the surface of the skin and inside the pores to dissolve oil. BHAs are also anti-inflammatory, making them a good fit for skin types that are prone to redness, inflammation and acne. BHAs can help treat pimples, milia, enlarged pores, closed comedones and oily skin. AlumierMD’s Acne Balancing Serum is made with the power of salicylic acid to combat breakouts, clean pores and target redness.

Enzyme exfoliation is a gentler form of chemical exfoliation that breaks down the bonds that holds dead skin cells together. Skincare products that contain active ingredients like pumpkin, pineapple and papaya can be used to speed up the skin’s natural exfoliation process. Sensitive skins will benefit from enzyme exfoliants. AlumierMD’s Enzymatic Peel contains 10% lactic acid, with fruit enzymes bromelain and papain to delicately remove dead skin cells.

Chemical exfoliation makes the skin more photosensitive and susceptible to sunburn. It is absolutely imperative that sunscreen is applied daily. You wouldn’t want to negate all of the good work that the acids are doing to your skin!

When starting out with acids, it’s important to go slowly. Consult a skincare professional to determine the appropriate home care product for your skin type. Your skin will thank you–it will look clearer, brighter, smoother and more even-toned.  Partner the correct home care with the professional treatments that your AlumierMD professional provides to achieve your skin care goals.

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