LACTIC ACID 88%
lactic acid is an <a title="Organic compound" href="https:organic compound</a> with the formula H. In its solid state, it is white and water-soluble. In its liquid state, produced both naturally and synthetically.
Lactic acid is specifically used to treat hyperpigmentation, age spots, and other factors that contribute to a dull and uneven complexion. Other benefits of lactic acid include improved skin tone and reduced pore appearance. However, unlike glycolicacid, lactic acid is a bit milder.
Lactic acid is an antiwrinkle and pigmentation-fighting ingredient found in over-the-counter (OTC) and professional-grade skin care products.
Keep reading to learn how a lactic acid peel can improve your skin, OTC products to try, what to expect from a professional peel, and more.
A chemical peel works by using a chemical - in this case, lactic acid - on bare skin. It removes the top layers-of-skin epidermis. Some stronger formulas may also target the middle layers of skin (dermis).
Despite the name, your skin doesn't noticeably "peel"
underneath the removed epidermis: smoother and brighter skin.
Lactic acid is specifically used to treat other factors that contribute to a dull and uneven complexion. Other benefits of AHAs like lactic acid include improved skin tone and reduced pore appearance.
Despite the milder nature of lactic acid, it's still considered a powerful AHA.
Its "peeling" effects will make your skin more vulnerable to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays, so a sunscreen is key.
Make sure you apply sunscreen every morning and reapply as needed throughout the day.
Over time, unprotected sun exposure can lead to more age spots and scarring.
Lactic acid peels can also cause irritation, rash, and itchiness. These effects are usually mild and improve as your skin gets used to the product. If your side effects persist after the first few applications, discontinue use and see your doctor.
YOU SHOULDN'T USE A LACTIC ACID
PEEL IF YOU HAVE:
If you have naturally darker skin, talk to your doctor or dermatologist before use. Chemical peels may increase your risk of hyperpigmentation.
The pH level of the lactic acid solution is 2.43.
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