Almost everybody would love to have ideal skin that’s free of wrinkles, fine lines, blotches and blemishes. Unfortunately, that ideal is not so easy to achieve. If you’re looking to improve your skin’s overall texture, though, you might have to refer to powerful organic ingredient, lactic acid.
Lactic acid is one of the most popular alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) in skin care today, when applied topically and regularly , it helps reduce the appearance of aging and they can be an especially good remedy against fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of premature aging from sun damage. It is an organic compound derived from milk, fruit, vegetables and other plants.
Beside several skin care products it is also used in chemical peels. With a reputation for being gentler and less irritating than other AHAs, it also hydrates, increases natural barrier lipids in the outer layer of skin, lightens and brightens skin for those with age spots or darkened areas and helps reduce acne breakouts.
Lactic acid based chemical peels are said to be beneficial in exfoliating the surface of skin, deep cleaning pores, fading dark marks, improving hyper pigmentation, evening out skin tone, brightening and lightening skin, improving the appearance of light wrinkles and stimulating natural collagen production.
Since lactic acid can stimulate collagen production, skin care creams that include lactic acid are perfect for dry skin. While removing dead skin cells they hydrate the skin. These creams may also help reduce finer wrinkles, thus making your face look younger. There are a wide variety of creams containing lactic acid to choose from.
Lactic acid based lotions are thinner and lighter in consistency. Any skin that needs more moisture may benefit from lactic acid lotions, but people with rough, dry or scaly skin like eczema sufferers might find that a lactic acid lotion works especially well for them. Lactic acid lotion is a humectant. It increases the amount of water in the skin, making it softer and more pliable.
Melanin is pigments produced in skin. Overproduction of them often attributed to skin’s exposure to the sun that leads to brown spots or freckles. Lactic acid can help directly reduce melanin formation, creating a formidable tool for lightening or removing skin discolorations.
Dermatologist Jeanine Downie, in “Elle” magazine says that lactic acid peel can improve skin’s texture by sloughing off the top surface of the skin. This can help alleviate roughness, encouraging your skin to remain smooth and flawless.
The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) expert panel concluded that glycolic and lactic acid are safe for use in cosmetic products at concentrations of 10 percent, “when formulated to avoid increasing sun sensitivity or when directions for use include the daily use of sun protection.”