These Are The Acids You Need To Put On Your Face For Acne-Free Skin
“Glycolic acid is the proven performer in the acid stable”, says dermatologist Dr Sheridan. As the smallest molecule of all the acids, it can penetrate the deepest to combat sun damafe, pigmentation, acne, blackheads, dilated pores and superficial scars.
Derived from sugar cane, it loosens the connection between the topmost skin cells to allow exfoliation of dead skin. “It also causes collagen regeneration, and thickening of epidermis and the dermis,” adds dermatologist Dr Li-Chuen Wong. Gentle AHA cleansers, toners and moisturisers can be used daily, but be wary of overdoing it as overuse can cause redness and irritation.
Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash, $69
With three per cent glycolic acid, this face wash gently exfoliates away surface skin while cleaning.
Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner, $40
Saturate a cotton pad and gently swipe this over skin to remove dead skin cells that often dull skin and prevent products from absorbing completely.
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, $27
This gentle facial pads are saturated with a formula containing lactic and glycolic acid to gentle exfoliate skin, while licorice root, Indian gooseberry and cucumber extracts soothe skin.
Arcona Golden Grain Gommage, $65
This gentle scrub combines cornmeal, oatmeal, fruit extracts and glycolic acid to purify pores and wick away excess sebum, grime and dullness for brighter skin.
Alpha H Clear Skin Daily Moisturiser, $40
Containing 10 per cent glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid, this lightweight moisturiser targets problem skin and keeps breakouts at bay.
This bi-phase formula combines a peel and migro-algae oil to gently exfoliate, and hydrate skin.
A beta hydroxy acid, salicylic acid is the only compound capable of penetrating deep into pores to clear excess sebum and debris. “The special point of difference allows it to work well on greasy skin and within overactive sebaceous glands in acne,” says Dr Sheridan.
A derivative of aspirin, it boasts anti-inflammatory properties, unblocks follicles and also benefits pigmentation and rosacea. Use it sparingly, however, as there can be a rish of chemical burn if applied in too high a concentration or left on for too long, says Dr Sheridan.
Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot, $29.90
Pimples are often accompanied with dry flakes around them, and this spot treatment works to eliminate blemishes, while hydrating skin around the affected area.
Kiehl's Dermatologist Solutions™ Breakout Control Acne Treatment Facial Lotion, $80
Acne-clearing ingredients like pine bark extract and salicylic acid help rid skin of pimples for blemish-free skin.
Kate Somerville Dermal Quench Clear Anti-acne Treatment, $94
This unique aerosol can dispenses a oxygenated formula to discourage acne-causing bacteria, while purifying skin and preventing pimples.