Thinking of acid as a part of your skincare regime might sound a bit bizarre. But actually, they work wonders for your skin if used properly. 

Once you get the right face acid suiting your skin there will be no going back. I am here to help to choose the best face acid for your skin. 

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What Are Face Acids?

Face Acids

Before moving ahead you need to know what face acids are. Let me give you a clear idea.

Acids are known to bring in physiologic variation in the layers of our skins. There are certain types of acids which can be a boon to our skin if used properly. 

You might be surprised but almost all skincare products like serums, moisturizers and creams have certain types of acids like salicylic acid, ascorbic acid (and many more)  in them which in turn helps to reduce many skincare problems and help your skin glow.

Face acids are known to lower the pH level of your skin and thus play a vital role in skin brightening. pH or potential hydrogen refers to the acidity level of substances and in this case, it is the acidity level of the skin.

The pH scale ranges from 1 to 14 out of which 7 is neutral, the lower number is acidic and higher ones are non-acidic.

Therefore to have a healthy skin your pH level needs to be slightly acidic. And face acids contribute a lot in balancing your skin's pH levels.

But for that, you need to know about the types of acid which are suitable for your skin.

How To Choose The Perfect Face Acid For Your Skin?

Well, the first and foremost thing you need to do is know the pH level of your skin to choose the best skin acids. 

As mentioned earlier face acids have to do a lot with the pH of your skin. 

Apart from that also list out what are the skin problems you are facing because different face acids are used for different purposes. 

Once you know your skin type and its requirements you can easily pick up the perfect face acid for you.

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Types Of Face Acids & Their Usage

1) Ascorbic Acid

Ascorbic acids can work well when it comes to skin brightening. 

It can be considered as a synthetic version of vitamin c. It has antioxidant benefits and helps to reduce the pH level of the skin and thus lightens the skin tone.

Usage: Well you can find ascorbic acids in different skincare products like serums or booster powders. 

To make ascorbic acid a part of your daily skincare routine opt for a vitamin c powder and add it to any water-based product like serum or lotion, mix it well until the water dissolves.  

Just make sure that the vitamin c powder occupies just 20% of the concentration.

Use this concentration regularly and see how the ascorbic acid reduces the pH level of your skin to make it brighter.

2) Azelaic Acid

Azelaic acids are a one-stop destination to get rid of blemishes and dark spots. 

It is highly recommended to the people who have a skin condition called melasma. It works well to reduce discolouration of the skin.      

Usage: If you are aiming to reduce all those dark spots and pigmentation on your skin just go for an azelaic acid gel, foam or cream. You can use either of the three because they work the some. 

Just wash the affected part of your skin with water and mild soap. After patting it dry, apply a thin layer of your azelaic acid cream or foam and massage it to the affected area. 

You can also take a small amount of the product and apply it to your entire face.

3) Glycolic Acid

These types of acids are AHAs or Alpha Hydroxy Acids (these are water-soluble acids made from sugary fruits) derived from sugarcane and help in reducing acne and ageing signs like wrinkles etc. 

It gives multiple benefits at a time because it not only reduces skin problems but also plays a vital role in nourishing the skin.

Usage: You can go for a good glycolic cleanser or any lotion with glycolic acid, and the best part is you can use it regularly. 

Just apply the glycolic acid lotion before going to bed regularly and notice the difference within a month!

4)  Hyaluronic Acid

These kinds of acids are mostly found in moisturizers and anti-ageing creams. It helps in plumping up the outer layer of the skin cells and therefore softens the skin. 

Moreover, it also helps in keeping your skin hydrated. It can also become your secret to glowing skin! 

Usage: You can use a pure hyaluronic acid serum regularly. 

For best results, use the serum in the morning after washing your face with a mild cleanser. Within a month you will notice that your skin is glowing like never before.

5) Salicylic Acid

These kinds of acids fall in the category of BHAs or Beta Hydroxy Acids(are oil-soluble acids mainly derived from willow barks). 

It is one of the best components to fight acne. Apart from that it also works wonders when it comes to unclogging your pores and reduce the stubborn breakouts!

Usage: You can go for any cleanser containing a medium amount of salicylic acid and use it once a day. You will start noticing that your acne is reducing and you will get lighter and brighter skin.

6) Mandelic Acid

These types of acids are made from bitter almond extracts. 

It is very well suited for sensitive skin. 

It helps in softening the skin and also reduces wrinkles. Moreover, it firms the skin and has great exfoliation properties.

Usage: You can opt for mandelic acid serums and use it twice a day for four weeks regularly. I am sure that you will get amazing results.

7) Ellagic Acid

Ellagic acids are extracted from products like berries or pomegranate. 

It helps in fighting skin pigmentation and also has skin lightening properties. 

It is highly recommended if you have a long history of blemishes and skin pigmentation. It also protects the skin from sun damage and also helps in reducing wrinkles.

Usage: There are many skin correcting creams or serums that contain ellagic acids.  For the best result, you can use ellagic acid night serum. 

All you need to do is apply is all over your face especially in the affected areas. You will start getting the results within six weeks.

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These were some of the most common skin acids which could be added to your skincare regime. 

Just choose which one your skins needs the most. I am sure that you won't regret it because face acids don't deceive if used properly! 

What To Keep In Mind Before Using Face Acids?

  1. Make sure that the product you are selecting has a balanced amount of the face acid that you require. Because a high concentration of face acids might irritate the skin.
  2. It is advisable to go for a skin test first before opting for any face acid. You can just apply the product to a small area of your skin and wait for a few hours. If you don't experience any irritation then you can continue using it.
  3. While choosing the product, check the ingredients list to see whether the acid is an active ingredient or not. Because if not, the product will be of no use for you.
  4. If you are using more than one kind of face acid as per your skin requirement, then make sure you don't mess up! Create a proper skincare schedule as if you are using one particular face acid in the morning then make sure you use the other one in the evening.
  5. If you happen to face any irritation or rashes after using the product containing the particular face acid, immediately stop using it and consult a dermatologist.


Hope my take on face acids will help you in choosing the best one as per your skin requirement. 

Just remember to follow the above-mentioned tips and I am sure you will be able to pick up the right face acid for you and it will be a boon to your skin.

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