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What’s an acid?

February 26th, 2018

Acid's in skincare

You have probably already read a lot about acids and skincare (if not, click here). However, if you are still trying to get your head around how to incorporate these into your skincare routine, it’s essential to understand exactly why this ingredient is an essential within your skincare routine. So, today we will start with the basics…

 Even if you have never set foot in a chemistry lab, chances are you know a thing or two about acids. For example, have you ever had an orange juice or a coke? If so, you have already experienced some of the most common acidic solutions.

With that in mind, it is important to say that anything below a pH of 7.0 is considered an acid and even our own skin is acidic with a pH ranging from 4.5-.5.5. Without going into too much science, it’s interesting to see the importance of pH in relation to skincare and acid products. When the acid availability is close to the pH, there is an ideal balance between salt and acidity, maximizing the effectiveness of the acid and diminishing the possibility of irritation. The safety level in skincare products is if the concentrations are lower than 10% at final formulation and pH higher than 3.5.

It is equally important to understand that there are different kinds of acids used in skincare and they are not exclusive to a specific skin type. Most of us can benefit from them and lot of products on the market will combine several acids to better target skin issues.

 Still wondering which acid is the right one for your skin concerns? Click here and learn more.

This post was posted in Ingredients, Tips & Advice and was tagged with acid, Acid Fix, skincare