Lactic Acid FAQs
Is lactic acid safe for sensitive skin?
Lactic acid is a very gentle Alpha Hydroxy Acid and only penetrates to the middle layer of skin. Derived from milk, lactic acid is appropriate for all skin types, and is your best choice if you have sensitive skin. Using a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher before going outdoors is necessary, however, as AHA usage may increase sensitivity in some people.
Is lactic acid strong enough to treat dry, flaky skin on my elbows and hands?
Yes, as a matter of fact, lactic acid in higher concentrations (10% or above) is perfect for exfoliating even the roughest skin on the body.
How does lactic acid help my makeup last longer?
Lactic acid works as a humectant that retains water in the upper skin layers. It also binds moisturizers and makeup to the skin, prolonging their effectiveness.
Are there any products I should avoid while using lactic acid?
If you are using a higher concentration lactic acid product, it is best to avoid using retinol, as this combination may irritate skin.
Can lactic acid be used on acne-prone skin?
Due to its gentle exfoliating qualities, lactic acid is used in products for acne as well as in products for dry skin. Antibac Acne Wash by BioMedic contains salicylic acid, which works in tandem with lactic acid to exfoliate oily skin.
What are some other uses of lactic acid?
Lactic acid is a main ingredient in products used specifically for reducing cellulite and wrinkles. Body Line Thermal Refining Cellulite Treatment by Babor is a recommended lactic acid based anti-aging product.