Use it at night, slather sunscreen on in the morning and you’ll be fine. Lactic acid is gentler than glycolic so the Manyo toner should be fine. Lactic acid is the gentlest member of the AHAs family. Lactic acid is AHA, but much milder than the glycolic acid, thus preferred for sensitive skin types. Kelly, try lactic acid. You won’t know until you experiment with it. . But whether you choose to do so also depends on your skin type and needs. Depending on your skin and the severity of the problem you are targeting, you may get great results from a combination because it is able to target the issue at two different penetrative depths. As superficial, damaged layer of skin gives way to the newer layer underneath, your skin gets smoother and brighter. So I purchased a bottle of 90 percent lactic acid, mixed it with my 15% glycolic acid and 2% salicylic acid lotion and use small portions mixed with the kp exfoliating lotion and it’s been a couple months and I wash with (sal3) soap which has salicylic acid and sulfur. Related: The Complete Guide To Glycolic Acid. source: Chaudhary S, Dayal S. (2013) J Drugs Dermatol. I understand that Glycolic Acid cannot be used with Retinoil/oid because Retinol/oid or EUK134 which decreases in effectiveness in acidic pH. Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid or AHA. Phytic vs. Lactic and Glycolic acids How does phytic acid stack up against other AHA’s that are arguably more common in skin care? Ironic, isn’t it? If it weren’t for a horrible breakout that left a ton of scars, I’d be skipping chemical exfoliants for a few months! I use Light Stim Collagen Peptide Serum as a “moisturiser” at night. I would wait until glycolic acid is dry before applying the next skincare product. The latest research seems to agree that psoriasis is an autoimmune disease but to be honest we don’t know the exact cause yet. Glycolic is for sun-damaged, dry skin. It is naturally occuring in sugarcane and pineapples but many of the forms found in skincare products is created from scratch to make it a more stable ingredient with a longer shelf life. Ditto if you’re still young and don’t need much exfoliation in the first place. Very informative post, Gio. Thanks! Even though glycolic acid is considered to be stronger because it has a smaller molecule size and so penetrates deeper, both can be used equally effectively. I love these products but many of them do SAME things so I will not be repurchasing all of them. For your morning routine these include: 1. You can check out my fave sunscreens for oily skin here: http://www.beautifulwithbrains.com/what-are-the-best-sunscreens-for-oily-skin/. They’re humectants, i.e. A milder 5% formula is available -2pct-30ml">here. However, the reactivity of both molecules will come from the carboxylic acid group, which is free and open to change around with other molecules. Both lactic acid and glycolic acid can be used at different concentrations to effectively target a host of skincare issues, from improving acne or skin texture, reducing fine lines and discoloration, and reversing sun damage and aging symptoms. I still use the 50% lactic acid once every two weeks. Be careful with using a high concentration (20% or more). After two nights of this new routine I have broken out so bad! Ivebuse lactic acid before and it made my skin look great but that was before I had these huge pores. Use this link to access our yearly scholarship for health and nutrition students. If your skin is acne prone, this can cause purging. Lactic Acid 10% + HA Okay I can say this now!! Then, you might indeed have overexfoliated. I started using Duac gel during the day and Retin A 0.05% at night. I have a love hate relationship with glycolic acid, while it gave me a smooth radiant texture, it also broke me out into tiny pimples around my lip area, chin, forehead and cheeks! Prabha, what do you mean sunscreen doesn’t suit you? I use the glycolic 1-2 nights per week (drunk elephant brand) and then on the other nights I’ve been doing the sunday riley luna oil and the sunday riley lactic acid good genes product. Download your FREE 'Best Anti-Aging Skincare Routine" cheatsheet to find out what really works to prevent aging and minimise wrinkles (plus, weekly tips). Glycolic acid’s bigger than lactic acid. Thank you very much.. all your posts are very useful. Do you prefer lactic or glycolic acid? When you first start using it, glycolic acid temporarily thins skin, making it more prone to sun damage. Shop our full range of The Ordinary online with Boots. For example pixi glow tonic followed by Sunday Riley good genes? The retinol was causing my skin to become too dry, so I stopped using that and now I only use the vitamin c with good results. They’re there in tiny amounts so they won’t likely cause any problems unless your skin is very sensitive. I liked it to start with but now don’t see much more improvement and skin seems to have gone backwards. While sensitive skin often throws a tantrum and gets irritated the second it comes in contact with glycolic acid, it’s totally fine with lactic acid. Technically you can. I’ve been trying to decide on which one I wanted to try and I may just have to start out with Lactic because my skin is sensitive. In one study conducted on Indian patients with melasma, glycolic acid showed promising results. You can use it in a lower concentration when you’re starting out in your acid exfoliation journey as well as in stronger concentrations once your skin has become accustomed to chemical exfoliation. I have dry skin and my morning routine is – ordinary / buffet – ordinary – niacinamide 19% – ordinary – hyluronic acid 2% + B5 Many thanks S. Nemi, I experienced the soreness too when I first started using high-dose retinoids. So, which one should you choose? Thanks for sharing. However, if you are looking to remove a tan or other discoloration, then alpha hydroxy acids can provide great results also found in scientific studies that we discussed in previous sections. It’s very difficult to treat scars. Resurface by Shani Darden Retinol Reform (reviewed here) is a combination retinoid and lactic acid treatment (and another one of my favourites). Glycolic Acid is a smaller molecule so it can penetrate the skin more deeply to declog the pores and remove more layers of dead skin than Lactic Acid, which in turn diminishes the appearance of fine lines. Unlike lactic and glycolic, salicylic is oil soluble so it can get inside your pores and remove all the crap that’s clogging them up. So glad you find it useful. After increasing intensity numerous times, the lady told me she had it up higher for me than for anyone before. The Ordinary products typically are either water-based or oil-based, and it's important you apply your water-based products first. I’s use something like AmLactin and maybe a retinol serum if that alone isn’t enough. Alpha hydroxy acid can help with many of these issues as well in addition to hydrating your skin and improving dry skin. Glycolic for my face and lactic acid for my body. It seems to be marketed as a “body” lotion, but I find my face tolerates it well. A 4% AHA chemical peel that was part water, part glycolic acid and part lactic acid was used to treat a group of healthy women. Hi. So, for the time being, in the morning, cleanse, moisturise and sunscreen. Olay Regenerist Night Elixir just went off the market (boo!). I still have acne at 46 years old and a few scars – I heal from scars extremely well. Try it on a small area of the face at first, and, if it doesn’t cause problems, then you can use it safely. Lol. Hello mam i am from india..i have dry and sensitive skin and some small scars too..and sun screen doesn’t suit me..and here temp in india is 40°C and when i go out of the house my skin starts burning and becomes too much red and when i use sun screen it started breakout what should i do and comedogenic moisturiser also doesn’t suit me when i use oil basemoisturiser my face becomes black…i wants to remove the scar i glow on face..please tell me that what should i do..i have tried many products but it doesn’t help me.should i use the lactic acid..please tell me what should i do.? In a study conducted on 33 women with a mean age of 55.5 years who had significant sun damage like age spots, freckles and other skin discolorations. Today I am talking about The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toning Solution, Lactic Acid as well as Salicylic Acid. The results showed that: “The appearance of age-related hand pigmentation characteristics were significantly improved at 4 and 8 weeks of treatment. And not just because it’s the smallest member of the AHAs family so it can penetrate your skin more deeply and work faster. Another study looked at the effect of AHAs on skin pore and comedone. Using lactic acid at a 5% or 10% concentration every few weeks will help you get the results you want in time without irritating your skin to the point of no return. Or does it need it’s own space to do it’s thing for a few minutes? I’m Team Glyolic all the way but just so to prove I’m not biased, I’ll tell you all about both and which one is best for YOUR skin type and needs. Hi! It has dramatically improved my skin texture. SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense has 1.5 percent salicylic acid as well as glycolic and dioic acids. Just want to make sure it is okay to have both acids in your routine, albeit not on the same day. Glad it helped you made the right choice for your skin. . Start with a low percentage like 5%, follow the directions to use sparingly every few weeks until your skin is used to acid exfoliation before trying a stronger lactic acid product. They are supposed to be used once a week. i now have Cosrx AHA/BHA clarifying toner and Benton High Content Skin (toner). Several different visits to sephora about this have given me totally different answers so I’m a bit confused. It can get inside the pores and unclog them. With nothing forcing these cells to hang out together, they’re free to finally slough off your skin. Both glycolic acid and lactic acid can help reverse skin darkening that are superficial like sun tans or with tinted tanning lotions by removing top layers of skin to reveal new skin that is your natural and original skin color. I have acne and hyper pigmentation all over. I noticed my forehead was never looking quite moisturized and it looked crepey. I have very sensitive, cystic acne prone skin but I am not dry – my acne is hormonal. At beauty salons, I have been told I have very “resilient” skin after my skin did not react to treatments, and they had to up the ante numerous times before my skin reacted at all. Both glycolic and lactic acids want to be the one to get those dead cells off your face and make your complexion glow. Combined physical therapy may have more impact on pore size and seborrhoea.” The study showed that whiteheads, blackheads, sebum, and pore sized all decrease at a faster rate for the test group than the control group.” [source: Kim SJ, Baek JH, Koh JS, Bae MI, Lee SJ, Shin MK. But as Drunk Elephant Glycolic Night serum also contains lactic acid, I’d say that using two expensive exfoliants into your skincare routine is redundant. The study measured pore area and number, counted comedones, and measured sebum production in a test and control group and found: “4% AHA solution combined with a physical effect had rapidly improving effects on whiteheads and blackheads synergistically. My pleasure, and thank you! Lactic is for sensitive and super dry skin. the skin’s natural exfoliation process. When properly formulated (meaning in a product whose pH is between 3 and 4 for optimal effectiveness), glycolic acid gently “unglues” and helps skin shed built-up layers of dull, dead skin cells that can make skin look older. Angie, so glad it helped! Theyre the miracle tools used to fight acne, wrinkles, age spots, scarring, and uneven skin tone. Deborah, yes your skin builds up tolerance to AHAs so overtime you will be able to use higher concentrations. The Ordinary. Is it gentle enough for a 1st timer? You can use it a couple of times a week. Sneha, glad this post helped you and that you’ve found something that works so well for you. I hate it when good products go off the market. I do have some questions. And, why Pixi’s is a bit more refreshing and soothing– aloe is the second ingredient. Ideally, that’s what we should do with every skincare product.. And you can mix it with a basic moisturizer, but not with anything that contains retinoids, salicylic acid, and vitamin c. You risk changing the ph and making one of these ingredients less effective. Your whole complexion subtly glows. The top dogs in this category are Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid. (2012) Journal of the German Science of Dermatology.]. It you need to exfoliate, go with lactic acid. The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + Ha 2% 30ml - A Mild Lactic Acid Superficial Peeling Formulation. Please note an important distinction here. Your post was really helpful. It is naturally occurring in milk and is made when milk goes sour. First, they slough off top layers of dead skin cells revealing new skin underneath. Thank you for your articles, really helpful! Happy exfoliation! The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% 6. Hope this helps. I do feel a bit soreness under my eyes ( during the day) but expect this to stop once I get use to either the retinoid or the vitamin C? oon SE1, Park SB, Ahn HT, Youn JI. Jo, you’re already using a powerful exfoliant so I don’t think your skin needs more exfoliation than that. And it is advised that we use pH adjusting toner or serum with 4.5 – 5 pH to slowly lower our skin pH. I use serum one day, glycolic the next. Then if we were to use Vitamin C after, we need to get our skin pH from 6 – 7 pH to 2.5 – 3.5 pH range. Glycolic is derived from sugar cane while lactic acid from milk but they both work the same way: they dissolve the “glue” that holds skin cells together. Glycolic acid is considered to be the stronger of the two, but stronger doesn’t always equal better. And on a similar note, do I need to allow the glycolic product to thoroughly dry before proceeding with the moisturizer and the rest of the daily routine if I don’t mix them? Forty Indian patients with moderate to severe melasma were treated over a period of time with glycolic acid peels against a control group. I have very sensitive skin and have been using Artistry Refinishing lotion (an alternative to Alpha hydroxy serum for oily skin) for 3 years now. What Works + How to Choose! Just came across your piece on acids…very helpful! On the other hand, you may be an acid veteran and be looking for the next potent option, or you may have noticed that your skin is resilient and is able to tolerate exfoliation well. Lactic acid as a solution is also used as a food additive as preservative or for flavor. Thanks for the great article! But, if you think your skin can tolerate it, you can increase the frequency. The older I get (32) the bigger my pores seem to get on my nose and cheeks. Thank you so much! Wrinkles look smaller. Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution; Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ; Lactic Acid 5% + HA; Lactic Acid 10% + HA; Mandelic Acid 10% + HA; Marine Hyaluronics; Matrixyl 10% + HA; Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%; Salicylic Acid 2% Solution; Anhydrous Solutions = … Thanks for the info! Is it ever ok to mix the glycolic acid product with your moisturizer? In fact, this method can help you manage some less than savory side effects that come with using a high concentration acid like severe peeling or skin shedding. Nanette, I’d use lactic acid on your dark spots and salicylic acid on your breakouts and breakouts-prone areas. As we’ve mentioned, neither is a categorically better choice and each has its benefits. Conclusion: Sunday Riley Good Genes vs The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% HA Review . This is the 3rd post of my Anti-Aging Ingredient Series where we go in-depth to take some of the confusion out of choosing which products to use on your aging skin! Thanks for your help and for slogging through my way too long question! I take Vitamin C twice a day. Our body also creates it when it converts food into energy. Thanks! Having said that, it’s always best to be sceptical of anyone who is trying to sell you something! I use the Mario Badaescu Glycolic Gel at night and use a small amount of Lac Hydrin V on my face during the day. 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,586. Is that a mix of acids? The moisturisers for “oily skin”, that I’ve tried all make me break out so I do not use them except a gel around my eyes. Also, can I use these all daily? You don’t want to fix a problem only to develop another! And second, “an important epidermal effect is the increase of the water holding capacity due to AHA application along with an increase of skin hydration and skin turgor.” [source: Philipp Babilas, Ulrich Knie, Christoph Abels. And here size matters. I have mature skin normal/dry with some fine lines and wrinkles plus some sun damage. In one study conducted on 248 Italian patients with mild to moderate acne, the patients were treated with alpha hydroxy acid twice a day for 60 days. I stopped using the lactic acid and just stuck with cleansing and moisturising until my became less dry, which at that point I started using vitamin c in the morning and retinol 0.3% at night. “It also is a chemical exfoliator, so it’s used if you want to brighten your skin, get rid of rough dead skin,” she said. In the morning, pile on the sunscreen. Alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid and lactic acid has also been shown to reduce fine lines and surface wrinkles by increasing collagen production in your skin. Glycolic acid is your friend, in this case. The results: “The group receiving the glycolic acid peel with topical regimen showed early and greater improvement than the group which was receiving topical regimen only… This study concluded that combining topical regimen (2% hydroquinone, 1% hydrocortisone and 0.05% tretinoin) with serial glycolic acid peeling significantly enhances the therapeutic efficacy of glycolic acid peeling. Paula's Choice, The Ordinary, Good Molecules, Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique, Iron Power, SkinCeuticals and Glossier all offer niacinamide-based treatments. What I did was give my skin one day of rest. They are both alpha hydroxy acids which work to remove top layers of skin and dead skin cells, a process that also unclogs pores. What, Who & How ? Like lactic acid, you must wear sunscreen everyday if you want to use an alpha hydroxy acid like glycolic acid. The patients were treated twice daily with an alpha hydroxy acid cream for a period of 8 weeks. My beautician gave me both Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid face cleansers (separate) from Skinstitut and recommended alternating and then using a retinol serum afterwards. Any suggestions on regimen? Neither of these alpha hydroxy acids will lighten your skin more than your natural skin, only lightens tanned or discolored skin back to your original skin. I totally get it that when people hear of how awesome all these ingredients are, they want to use them all. Lactic acid can be found in concentrations as low as 1% to 50% or more but we do not recommend getting a double digit concentration if you’ve never used an alpha hydroxy acid before. Amongst the types of alpha hydroxy acids, glycolic acid has the smallest molecule size. I’m having trouble understanding the best times to use the products and which can be used with which. Maybe try doing a patch test and see how it goes. I use Sunday Riley’s Luna retinol product, Good Genes, and Skinceutical’s vitamin c and f. Acid. I used 20% for 10 mins. The combination of glycolic acid peeling with the topical regimen is a highly effective, safe and promising therapeutic option in treatment of melasma.” [source: Chaudhary S, Dayal S. (2013) J Drugs Dermatol.]. I Tried Bioderma Sensibio H2O And I Totally Get Why It’s So Popular With Sensitive Skin, Cleaners !!! Skincare should never sting. Elka, it really depends on their concentration and skin types. Cyn, hold off vitamin C and exfoliation. The only thing I can suggest is try retinol or as that can smooth out the skin’s surface. It would be better to find which ones works better for your skin type and sensitivity and use that over the course of a few months and then reevaluate if you need a higher strength product or maybe a different one. Manda, my pleasure. My skin is oily. The Ordinary. I still haven’t seen a difference! Or would I need to alternate? Its point of difference is that it’s not quite as strong – making it a better option for sensitive skin. While effective, lactic acid is not as strong as glycolic acid, making it a great starter acid for newbies or people with more sensitive skin. Zalin, you’re welcome and thank you for your kind words. As a result, lactic acid may be an option for those who have sensitive skin, as it is generally better tolerated than glycolic acid. Tags: antiaging skincare, drunk elephant, dry skin, exfoliation, paula's choice, sensitive skin, sunday riley, the ordinary. Start with one and, if after 2/3 weeks, you don’t experience any dryness/flaking, add another one. Chemical or Physical exfoliant – Which one is better for my skin? SA unclogs the pores so if you keep them clean = fewer breakouts. It’s not really recommended you use retinol on the same day or just before/after a peel. It feels firmer, but still feels rough and like it needs exfoliation! Glycolic Acid VS Lactic Acid: Which One Should You Use? It is only SPF 15, but I am scared to try anything else, because my skin normally reacts like I have smothered it with oil and put a plastic sheet over it. Hope this helps. Lactic Acid Lactic acid is an AHA which acts in a similar way to glycolic acid, dissolving the upper layer of cells to kickstart the skin’s process of renewal – the production of fresh new cells that make skin look clearer and brighter. Do you have any suggestions for products that would suit skin like mine (especially sunscreen), and how I can improve my skin more. Thank you once again! There are different factors to take into consideration, and everyone has different skin anyway, so what works for someone may not work for someone else. Lactic acid can be found in milk, which is why Cleopatra used to soak in milk baths, according to Gmyrek. Huh, I had no idea about lactic acid (expect for what it does to my muscles when I exercise.) The Inkey List Lactic Acid Serum Lactic acid has been in the use of skin care for ages; the much-celebrated beauty icon Cleopatra use to apply sour milk that contains lactic acid. I can’t afford to go these days and have purchased Perfect Image Glycolic Gel Peel to use at home. How do I incoperate Vit C serum into my regimen? Basically, breakouts were already starting to form deep within your skin and these ingredients are bringing them out to the surface sooner. I was using REN one before which I think is lactic (although I do t have sensitive skin at all) and loved that but people rave about p50 so much. That’s why lactic acid is so perfect for sensitive skin. If that’s the case, you might want to do a patch test first. Gio Many thanks for this informative blog. Which do you think would be better lac or gly for reducing the appearance of those. 4/20/2018 – Wannabe Fairy Tale Princess, https://www.beautifulwithbrains.com/regimen-remove-sun-spots/. I love both Glycolic & Lactic! Both! This 10% formulation offers mild exfoliation and is supported with a purified Tasmanian pepperberry known to reduce signs of inflammation and sensitivity that is often associated with exfoliation. Thank you, Jo. Younghee, because it’s a high concentration that may seriously irritate or even burn your skin! I don’t want to overdo it …

Will repurchase 5⭐️, Auds says: Love it 10 /10 had rosacea flare-up, used this and it was 90% gone next morning, I use it every night now, first hyaluronic acid, buffet, lactic acid, then 30 mins later thick night cream, skin looks amazing, I’m 45 skin never looked this good. I skip the Retin A 2 times a week and use the nip and fab extreme night pads . The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid 10% + HA is extremely affordable and effective. You need to give your skin time to get used to them or they’ll destroy it, like it’s happening to you. Kelly, sorry to hear you didn’t see results. Im asumming i may have overexfoliate but now my skin is recovering post pixi..your advise is much appreciated. I wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t read this! Best value/quality I have found is Alpha Hydrox 10% in a 6oz bottle for $13 at most drug stores. I will try the patch test and cross my fingers that I will be pimple free! The only bummer I have found is that while salicylic is SO often touted as THE thing for acne, I find nothing works better than old-fashioned towel-destroying benzoyl peroxide spot treatments. This product also contains Lactic Acid, Prickly Pear and Lemongrass, all of which combine to brighten, reduce inflammation and clarify the skin. Out of … The small size of glycolic acid allows it to penetrate skin more easily. Plus, it’s more hydrating (that’s why it’s in LacHydrin, the only FDA prescription approved drug to treat dry skin), so if your skin is seriously dry, you may want to give this one a go instead. Hi, I'm Gio! Dark spots slowly fade away. These two acids are often used together so if you have normal/oily skin, you shouldn’t have a problem. Look for a sunscreen that has a lightweight texture as those usually don’t clog pores and cause breakouts. Glycolic acid is supposedly colorless, but The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toning Solution actually has a yellowish tint to it. You are using a lot of acids though, is your skin getting drier? Ana, I’m not a big fan because they contain essential oils that can irritate skin. Hope this helps. Thanks for the great article! However, certain products may combine the two to make a combination peel or solution. Given that it is a highly penetrative acid, we highly recommend starting with a low concentration like 5% so that your skin can become accustomed to alpha hydroxy acid before moving onto a high concentration that your skin may not tolerate. I’m sure you’ll love it. Overall, I think both products are strong delivery systems of lactic acid. Use both at night. Kim SJ, Baek JH, Koh JS, Bae MI, Lee SJ, Shin MK. Exfoliating acids are amazing for skin. I’ve been using the Luna at night and then applying the Good genes a few minutes later and then the C in the morning. Did you use it every day? Yes, the 5% lactic acid for the ordinary is suitable for first timers and sensitive skin. Read more in our Affiliate Disclosure. and it’s working well, but will I eventually need to go up to their 10% or glycolic, in order to get the same effects? Can i use glycolic acid in day. Have you read about it? Also, could you give me some advice on how to get rid of these dark spots? Corsx toner won’t do though. Lactic acid doesn’t seem that attractive anymore now, does it? I read many good websites and blogs, but I’ve never seen these addressed. If your skin is that dry, you need to go back to basic and remove all actives bar the ones you absolutely need. If so, i wonder what toner to combine with The Ordinary lactic acid 5 +HA? Thanks! I’d personally ditch the acid cleansers and replace them with a leave-in salicylic acid exfoliant. My skin still did not react any more than what she would expect under normal circumstances on the first level she tried on me. . Now when you apply a moisturizer, you’re able to apply it directly onto skin’s surface on new skin cells. I say “in the long run” because that takes time. I am now using Glycolic 30% for 15 minutes once a week. That’ll help. Can I use a vitamin c serum in the morning and Sunday Riley good genes every other night and the rest of the night retinol? [source: Gold MH, Gallagher C. (2013) J Drugs Dermatol]. I wear a wide brimmed hat and try to stay in the shade as much as possible, and I have been known to wrap a scarf around that to protect my skin further. If you can tolerate it naturally or have built up your tolerance for it, glycolic acid offers a range of benefits at a much faster rate than lactic acid. Kelly, stop scrubbing with a pumice stone, that’s too harsh for you! At night, cleanse and moisturize. Once a week I crush 2 aspirin tabs into my bentonite clay for a salicylic acid mask. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, this is the ultimate battle for exfoliation. Given how strong you’re exfoliant is, I wouldn’t use it more than that. The results: “At treatment week 10, the glycolic acid-treated mice showed a significant decrease in wrinkle score, an increased thickness of the dermal repair zone, and an increase in the amount of collagen synthesized compared to vehicle (hydrophilic ointment base) treated mice… Topically applied glycolic acid may improve photoaging through modulation of collagen production.” [source: Moon SE1, Park SB, Ahn HT, Youn JI. I need your thoughts on lactic acid by manyo factory clear skin toner which i have on standby to replace the pixi but is very apprehensive to use it out of fear of another future breakouts. Alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids (AHAs and BHAs): Chemical exfoliants that include glycolic acid and lactic acid (AHAs) and salicylic acid and its derivatives (BHAs). The Or… The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 2. Julie, I’d use your vitamin C every morning, Good Genes a couple of nights a week and Luna on days when you don’t use Good Genes. (About 3 weeks now) My skin tingles a bit, and gets a bit pink. Related: AHAs VS BHA: Which One Should You Use? However, just because it is stronger doesn’t always make it the better way to repair scars, fine lines, skin texture and complexion. Alpha Hydroxy Acids for Anti-Aging | Glycolic, Lactic, Malic? Only until your skin has gotten used to them. Hi Raahema, glad you’ve found this useful. I use Thalgo M Ceutic Pro-Renewal Cleanser and M Ceutic Resurfacer Cream-Serum twice daily. Can I apply a body milk contains lipoaminoaacid,glycolic acid 8%’lactic acid applied on my face ? But I noticed it contains a couple of natural extracts that could be irritating. Especially if you have sensitive skin. Hi Delilah, I wouldn’t use neither. I have only had slight flaking in one spot, once. But the last time I was in Sephora, was told to use the good genes separately from the Luna. I’m looking to even out my complexion, reduce redness, get rid of this forehead creepiness, and make my skin more supple and moisturized. The Ordinary Buffet 7. Looking for our scholarship? Yes, this is exactly what I do. In conclusion, both glycolic acid and lactic acid can offer similarly excellent results in lightening skin discoloration like tans or scars, improve skin texture and complexion, and reduce and prevent acne.

Then, I will wait around 5-10 minutes and add my moisturiser. $12.49 $ 12. Glycolic acid and lacti acid are both members of the Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) family. Using a low concentration acid, either lactic or glycolic acid, over the course of 6-8 weeks can give you incredible results comparable to a high concentration solution of just glycolic acid. Cat, I hear ya! Hey everyone!. Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that’s gentle on the skin. My dad has phsorisis is this really a auto immune disease? Hi Gio, Thank you for this article, very helpful. Depending on your skin, you may find that a less potent acid used more frequently works better for you. Hi Gio, Thank you for your article. But for everyone else, they’re a recipe for disaster! Is it better to use serum in the a.m. and glycolic in the p.m. and not skip? A lot has to do with your skin and its sensitivity. should I stick to two of them or I can alternate them? I have been using the ordinary line, and it is amazing, but I have some of the peeling bottles from Dr. I don’t because I prefer to exfoliate at night and use vitamin c in the morning this regime is fine. The problem with skincare is that there often isn’t a straight answer. Thanks Gio, wonderfully reviewed, im 29 and have minimal fine lines. I’m using The Ordinary 5% Lactic Acid (first chemical exfoliator ever!) Let me start by saying that I have rosacea. Both lactic acid and glycolic acid are alpha hydroxy acids. Glycolic acid can be found in concentrations from 2% to 50% and more. The Ordinary has lactic acid serums in 5% and 10% strengths. Using Glycolic Acid with pH 3.5 – 3.7 range before putting Vitamin C will condition our skin faster and more effective for vit C to work. Try this skincare routine for a while and see what happens: https://www.beautifulwithbrains.com/regimen-remove-sun-spots/, I started using p50 early this year. A lot. I think in your case, glycolic acid would be the best option. “You Look So Skinny” Is NOT A Compliment! Im so glad to have found your article, especially the useful comparisons of both acids. Does one build up a tolerance to AHAs over time and will need to go up in concentration? The hierarchy of glycolic acid in The Ordinary’s formula explains why it initially burned a little more. So both glycolic acid and lactic acid have been shown to effectively treat current and prevent new acne. Rana, I’d recommend you do a patch test. source: Gold MH, Gallagher C. (2013) J Drugs Dermatol. Thankyou! If you have active acne, then use Duac gel on the pimples only. My acne has about the same amount of breakouts, but they are smaller, and I think the pigmentation has improved a bit. Your skin is extra sensitive to sun damage for up to 7 days after you use an AHA. (2015) Int J Cosmet Sci.]. A couple of the skincare products I have in my stash from Exuviance use both of them. But if you need to up your anti aging game and your skin can tolerate it, then you can switch to a higher dose. Basically, a natural substance. Other AHAs include glycolic acid, mandelic acid, and malic acid. Is that too much to ask for at my age ?. Do you think it’s ok to use lactic acid and glycolic acid together? Is it okay to be using both glycolic acid lactic acid in my skin care regimen? Collect 4 points for every £1 you spend. Use it only once a week and follow up with a soothing moisturizer. 49 ($12.49/Fl Oz) Get it as soon as Fri, Nov 13. This means that it is able penetrate deeper than other AHAs like lactic acid or mandelic acid, and so is the strongest of the alpha hydroxy acids. It’s one of the best treatments for keratosis pilaris. If you want to finish it, I’d say use it it in the morning and exfoliate at night. Glycolic acid can make skin more susceptible to sun damage and the only way to prevent that is sunscreen. Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture with continued use. So both glycolic acid and lactic acid are effective in reducing and preventing acne by exfoliating to open comedones and remove blackheads and whiteheads. A slight tingling when using acids is ok, but if something stings, it’s a sign it’s irritating your skin. The mice were exposed to the sun’s UVB (a type of ultraviolet light) for 10 weeks and then a 15% glycolic acid was applied to their skin for the subsequent 10 weeks. These can be quite irritating, and should be administered by a dermatologist only. My skin seems fine but it’s only been a couple weeks. The concentration of AHAs/BHA there is really low so it won’t do much for you. Sarrah, get an exfoliant with glycolic acid. I use retin A at night. Philipp Babilas, Ulrich Knie, Christoph Abels. Furthermore, its use can be reasonably hypothesized as a maintenance treatment after specific pharmacological treatment even in more severe acne types.” [source: Baldo A, Bezzola P, Curatolo S, Florio T, Lo Guzzo G, Lo Presti M, Sala GP, Serra F, Tonin E, Pellicano M, Pimpinelli N. (2010) G Ital Dermatol Venereol.]. To learn more about hydroxy acids, check out our introduction to AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) or our complete guide to BHAs (beta hydroxy acids). I read that you cannot use Glycolic acid with Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid), but what I understand is Vitamin C is the most effective within 2.5 – 3.5 pH range. Gotta love a good glycolic conversation! In fact, using a lower concentration glycolic acid product more frequently over time will give you better results than a one time drastic use of a high percentage glycolic acid produce. (1999) Dermatol Surg.]. Sini, yes, you can, as long as you apply sunscreen afterwards. I am currently using Prescription Retinoid @ 0.05% – it’s been 2 weeks. I’m sure lactic acid will help. The study paid attention to whether there was improvement in wrinkles and an increase in collagen production. Glycolic acid has been shown to be particularly effective in reducing melasma, a common effect of too much sun exposure. To learn more about alpha hydroxy acids, read our guide to AHAs. One more thing: unlike glycolic, lactic acid adoesn’t thin skin (but that’s not a good reason to skip your sunscreen!). If your skin is sensitive, you may want to stick with it long term. So how do you think about this method? If I wanted it to be 5%, say, could I mix equal dollops of my day or night moisturizer with the 10% glycolic product? I alternate ordinary vitamin C 23% one night and Vitamin A prescription the other. It can help with skin care issues such as acne, skin texture, hyperpigmentation, and … These types of peels or solutions are most commonly used in professional environments under the direction of an esthetician or dermatologist, but a few are available over the counter. Im also using cosrx salycilic acid on and around my nose for blackheads and large pores for 8 months now and it has been good. Amazon.com: the ordinary glycolic acid. I had to skip nip and fab tonight and applied Ordinary lactic acid 5% . No, that’s not a concern. If you don’t use sunscreen, you risk damaging your skin further instead of repairing it. All alpha hydroxy acids increase your sun sensitivity for up to 7 days after use. I make a 20% lactic acid serum that I used each night and would do a 50% lactic acid peel once every other week. My skin is damaged from not wearing sun screen for the past 45 years and intermittent tanning at a salon. Alpha hydroxy acids like lactic acid and glycolic acid help hydrate your skin in 2 different ways. In one study done on albino mice, glycolic acid successfully repaired sun damage. I have this 3 amazing products but I don’t know if they will be too much for my skin ? Should also add, I am caucasian, female, and live in Sydney, Australia. People with sensitive skin will find lactic acid to be the gentler acid between two. Dp, glad you enjoyed this post, and that’s such a shame. Before all that, you have to know where to start. Or perhaps I could opt to a stronger acid treatment like a weekly mask from the Ordinary’s AHA/BHA peeling solution, or perhaps interchange the lactic acid with the 7% Glycolic acid toner from the ordinary every other day as well. Sensitive skin types or those dealing with a damaged moisture barrier and experiencing the highly irritated skin that is a result, might do better with lactic acid. (1999) Dermatol Surg. So you must wear sunscreen while using an AHA like lactic acid. Lactic acid offers the same benefits as its stronger sister, glycolic acid, but because it has a larger molecule size, it does not penetrate as deeply. i have dark spots post-acnes around my cheeks and also i experience some breakouts around my T Zone, is it okay if i use The Ordinary lactic Acid 5? This article will compare lactic acid with glycolic acid, but if you want to learn more about AHAs or other types of AHAs, read our guide to AHAs. Thanks ! I had Microdermabrasion a few years ago. Glycolic acid is considered to be the stronger of the two, but stronger doesn’t always equal better. ah well…, Deb, oh sorry to hear about your breakout! So what is a good skincare treatment for Keritosis pillars that you recommend and a timeline to see actual results so I stop wasting money on stuff that won’t work there is so much miss information about this condition. Alpha hydroxy acids are hydrophilic, meaning they attract and bind water to your skin’s surface, improving hydration and skin texture. It has been 3 weeks and my face is extremely dry. I’m a tell-it-like-it-is skin coach and author on a mission to help you achieve your best skin day ever - every day. But they do the same thing as different concentrations and at a different time frame. Baldo A, Bezzola P, Curatolo S, Florio T, Lo Guzzo G, Lo Presti M, Sala GP, Serra F, Tonin E, Pellicano M, Pimpinelli N. (2010) G Ital Dermatol Venereol. Ok, so both glycolic and lactic acids are good for dry skin. AHAs help reverse visible and invisible damage done by the sun’s ultraviolet rays and if you don’t use an sunscreen daily alongside AHA use, you risk canceling the positive effects of the AHA and experiencing further damage on top of it. This one is for hyperpigmentation, Age spots, sun spots, Anti‑aging, Lightening, Scar Treatment, Collagen Boosting, to give you a brighter uneven skin tone. Glycolic acid can be derived from natural sugars, which may explain why this toner contains three types of sugar: fructose, glucose, and sucrose. My skin reacts well as no peeling (yet) or redness etc. Why not over the counter? Gross (resurfacing). Unfortunately, a lot of products skincare fanatics rave about are really harsh. Is this going to be too drying, or counteractive? BeingHealthfull.com is a participant of is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program and other affiliate programs, and we get a small commission on purchases made through our links. Summer is about to start and where I live, it is BRUTAL so I think I’ll stick with lactic acid for now and wait until fall/winter to use glycolic acid. That makes it more effective, BUT also more irritating. (2012) Journal of the German Science of Dermatology. Both lactic acid and glycolic acid can be used at different concentrations to effectively target a host of skincare issues, from improving acne or skin texture, reducing fine lines and discoloration, and reversing sun damage and aging symptoms. Glycolic acid offers the same benefits as lactic acid but at a greater strength than lactic acid. I have just added Zinc tablets twice a day. The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toner doesn’t have a pleasant smell, it’s slightly chemical-like and is a subtle reminder of my Chemistry lab. But it has its perks. The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 5. i’m afraid if use the Cosrx one, i will overexfoliate my skin bcz it contains AHA/BHA. Lactic acid molecules are larger than other acids, such as glycolic acid, which means that lactic acid does not penetrate the skin as deeply as glycolic acid. Stacey, I understand you want to fix your skin quickly but taking it slow gives you better results. All AHAs, including lactic acid, make your skin more vulnerable to sun damage. Any hints or suggestions of where to find these answers appreciated. Sunday Riley’s Good Genes requires a hearty bank account for similar results. This was a non randomized open study but it specifically looked at the effects of AHA on patients who had gone to a dermatologist for their acne issues and were prescribed an AHA cream either by itself or alongside another treatment. I’m glad you find them useful. – Powdered & Polished, http://www.beautifulwithbrains.com/what-are-the-best-sunscreens-for-oily-skin/, The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + Hyaluronic Acid – Nicole Laura xo, Favorite Stuff – Psoriasis Skincare! My skin was not even pink. Hi I have kp and using sal3 soap and exfoliating plus touch kp lotion for over a month and haven’t seen any difference shower every day scrub with a course pumice stone while lathered then load up with lotion what can I do better yes it stings but I can handle it if my kp get better I probably have it the worst case ever. Once your skin is back to normal and can tolerate this regime, you can think of alternating Retin A with exfoliation and adding vitamin C to the mix. The packaging of The Ordinary makes it easier to use but since Pixi offers different sizes, we can try out with a smaller bottle to see how it works for us.Both of these products take forever to finish up! Lactic acid is an AHA, or an alpha hydroxy acid. Glycolic Acid How it works: “Glycolic acid is the most researched of the alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). Hi Giorgia Your article was just what I was looking for, a comparison between lactic and glycolic acid, since many people are constantly recommending one over the other. So usually after cleansing our face with water based cleanser then our skin pH will be around 6 – 7, as water is about 6.7 – 7 pH range. I have combination to oily skin in mid 30s and used pixi glow tonic at 5% glycolic which stings the crap out of me. I had heard of The Ordinary before, but never really paid much attention, and to be honest I assumed it would be another fairly highly priced range that probably wouldn’t massively help my skin anyway, along with the other 1000 that are available. Dry skin is usually a combination skin issue, in that it is usually accompanied by other issues such as irritation and discomfort, visibly scaly skin that sheds, and overall skin texture problems. Lactic acid is a form of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that exfoliates the skin for a smoother, brighter appearance. We can’t think of a reason you would need to use two separate products of a lactic and a glycolic acid together, and you run a high risk of overdoing it and damaging your skin’s natural moisture barrier. If it’s sensitive, I wouldn’t risk it. The major difference in structure lies in the fact that salicylic acid has a benzene ring, while lactic acid is a linear molecule. I use retin A at night and vitamin c in the mornings, how should i use glycolic acid in my skin care routine? Thank you so much for your advise Gio! Saje, if your skin doesn’t complain (and it isn’t) then it’s not wrong. Hello, i’m enjoying this article. FREE Shipping on your first order shipped by Amazon. Like this weren’t enough, AHAs hydrate skin too. With nothing forcing these cells to hang out together, they’re free to finally slough off your skin. Thanks for this article Gio! Hope you can help. Lactic acid or glycolic acid – A comparison. Every beauty counter has a different answer and product push. This is a common question from people looking to choose one or the other for their skin issue: Lactic acid or glycolic acid – which one is better? The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG 4. I’m just not sure when to use them all. It’s the best and gentlest way to make the most of them. (2015) Int J Cosmet Sci. Not sure what to do. Very well written which is simple, clear and concise. This article is what I was looking for! If your pores are getting larger, they’re probably clogged so salicylic acid is the best option here. They work wonders for people who have built tolerance to these acids during the years by increase dosage slowly. Every other day, use Retin A in between cleanser and moisturiser. Love all your contents! Hope this helps. I think using it on alternate days is probably best, as too much exfoliation is never good for skin. I have sun damage/pigmentation on the sides of my neck and on my face. What are your views? Drunk Elephant is more than enough. Ana, what a great way to get the best of both worlds! The next section will take a look at the various benefits of lactic acid, glycolic acid, and alpha hydroxy acids in general and draw from scientific research to compare the two acids. Why is 10% lactic acid E Cream prescribed? Helpful. I would caution against it cos even if you have resilient skin, there’s always the risk you will go over the edges, especially when you do it home. Love glycolic acid discussions! This formula contains a studied Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative to help reduce irritation associated with acid use. As an AHA, Lactic acid benefits include exfoliation of top skin layers for better skin complexion and texture, decreasing skin scars and spots, and reducing fine lines. So me being a newbie to acids, I was thinking to try the lactic acid by the ordinary range. So build up tolerance slowly and use a lower concentration glycolic acid to protect your skin. Glycolic is derived from sugar cane while lactic acid from milk but they both work the same way: they dissolve the “glue” that holds skin cells together. It’ll clear up the breakouts you already have faster and prevent new ones from forming. But these ingredients are very powerful so if you’ve never used them before, I’d recommend you introduce them into your skincare routine one at a time. Welcome to Being Healthfull, your online source for holistic nutrition with equal focus on traditional and alternative methods, healthy hair and skin tips, natural remedies and recipes, and DIY beauty products for the conscientious consumer. Share your thoughts in the comments below. Personally, I find salicylic acid works best at prevention, benzoyl peroxide as cure. TIA X. Steph, yes it is a mixed of acids and the strongest exfoliating formulas from biologie recherché. Unlike glycolic and lactic acid which are alpha hydroxy acids, azelaic acid is a dicarboxylic acid." This is why it’s so good at fighting the signs of aging. Both lactic and glycolic acid can help improve hyperpigmentation from photodamage (sun damage) or acne scars because they help speed up skin cell turnover and reveal new skin underneath. Allie, both the acids and retinol stimulate cellular turnover, i.e. So you should use glycolic acid carefully. moisture magnets that attract water from the environment into your skin. Actually I do prepare my own lactic acid thin gel every winter and it does a wonderful job. Since lactic acid works in the same fundamental ways as glycolic acid, lactic acid can show similar results for melasma. Lactic acid is larger than glycolic and generally causes less side effects, the less molecules penetrating the skin the less damage it will do. But these ingredients work so well because they’re harsh. Lactic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin. This was so informative and well presented, thank you!! Thanks for your help!!! I know I will come back to refer to it from time to time! I’m struggling with the fact i have really dark knuckles and it can be embarrassing all the time, i’ve tried lightening creams but they dont seem to work; until i came across the peeling procedures but my problem is i dont know which peeling product 2 get, anyone with a similar problem and have tried peeling their dark knuckles and it worked for them please help me out by giving me an advice. But with so many acids on the market, it can seem overwhelming to remember which to use and for what and which products to buy. But if your skin is sundamaged too (and whose skin isn’t sundamaged), glycolic acid goes the extra mile. What gives? But once you have a pimple, benzoyl peroxide can get rid of it much faster. So please use sunscreen daily! Debbie, alternate it at night with the retinol. Thanks for this site I have had some terrible sensitivity and scarring in the past I had used hair removal cream on my skin which left a scar on my face which I have been very conscious about so I’m guessing my skin is very sensitive I will start to use a low concentration and was also thinking as I have Asian skin do I need to be extra careful with how many times I use it and what is the best aftercare and how to use it? If your skin burns and becomes red in the sun is because you’re not wearing it. Glycolic acid is a safe ingredient but since you’re already using retinoid and vit C, I’d say either wait until your skin has gotten used to them or use it once a week at night after cleansing and buildup frequency from there. Lastly, mandelic acid – it’s actually the largest of the three and it’s the AHA most often recommended for PIH -prone skin. Glycolic acid, like all types of exfoliation, can make skin more prone to sun damage. This 7% toning solution offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and visible clarity. Using a high concentration of a powerful acid like glycolic acid without preparing your skin or building up tolerance can lead to a damaged moisture barrier, severe skin peeling, redness, burning, and irritation. Lactic acid, another AHA, is similar to glycolic but “a little bit more gentle,” according to Greenfield. Ahdiah, I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t use them together. In the order from strongest to the gentlest on skin, it goes like this: Glycolic acid, lactic acid, then phytic acid as the mildest option, explains cosmetic chemist Ginger King. Subjects reported post-treatment improvements in other characteristics associated with healthy skin. For example, there are some people who can get away with using glycolic acid daily, while others would find that too irritating for their skin. What is your opinion about these acids? Also do you recommend I use Duac gel all over my face or as a spot treatment? But, you need to use it with sunscreen. So if you’re looking to lighten your skin to a shade that is lighter than your natural tone, then you may not have much success with alpha hydroxy acids. But only one can get the gig (ok, some products have both but there are some skin types – yes sensitive skin, I’m looking at you – that are better off with just the one). Smell. Trisha, it’s my favourite way to exfoliate sensitive skin. Both alpha hydroxy acids can be very effectively used to get rid of sun damaged skin symptoms like fine lines or melasma. I have fewer breakouts and they seem to “rise” to the surface more quickly, rather than hang out, lurking in the deep. In fact, you can literally give yourself 1st degree burns if you try to use a high % glycolic acid right off the bat. Tahira, if you have sensitive skin, I do recommend you use lactic acid rather than glycolic. What are your thoughts ? Use this link to access our yearly scholarship for health and nutrition students. The results: “The results of this study, while confirming the high tolerability and efficacy of this AHA cream in the treatment of mild/moderate acne, reasonably suggest its possible use also in monotherapy. It was a very simple, nice formula. So, you can do one day retinoid, one day vit C and one day nothing. I just read your article and it is so awesome! Zalin, sorry you had such a bad experience with the Pixi toner. ..please reply me…. Nope, what makes glycolic acid so awesome is its collagen boosting super power: glycolic acid pumps up its production, keeping your skin firm for longer. I did not feel it. The first post was on The Retinoids, and the 2nd was on Sunscreen which are the 2 most powerful anti-aging topical … I would also like to use Glycolic acid exfoliation that I used (prior to the retinoid) but have read that Glycolic acid can stimulate death cell? Wish I’d discovered them before the age of 39! Lactic acid is one of the most common type of AHA and is available in a wide range of concentrations, making it a great beginner and advanced alpha hydroxy acid. Protect your skin from further UV damage while you reverse existing UV damage. The rest of the ingredients are also very similar, but have different concentrations. Even eye moisturisers made me break out there when I tried them. I will appreciate your help. Know Your Ingredients: Picea Excelsa Extract. That’s much gentler for your skin. But it being good for sensitive skin makes me totally want to try it. Hi, Gio! Plus, in the long run, it increases thickness of the skin, too. For dry skin, they’re both godsends. I hardly go out in the sun these days, but if I do, I wear Thalgo Fluide Oxygen Defense 3. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% 3. The Ordinary Lactic Acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. Hi Gio!. 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