Acids. We hear about them in TV commercials, but do we really know what they do? Are they helpful for the skin or not? Surprisingly, we get a lot of people asking us what the differences are, and so we decided to share some insights here.

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Acetic Acid

This is commonly referred to as vinegar. Acetic acid is actually too acidic to apply directly on the skin, but it has many uses. Commonly known as a toner, dilute this solution with hard water and gently apply onto the skin!

Salicylic Acid

When you’re looking at different types of beta hydroxy acid, salicylic acid is THE one. As opposed to many AHAs it works inside the pores to kill acne bacteria and loosen up the clogs. Weirdly enough, this is not effective at exfoliating the skin especially when it is used at 1 to 2% in concentrations.

Glycolic Acid

This is the most common Alpha Hydroxy that’s on the market. It’s ideal for dealing with hyperpigmentation and flaky skin. Additionally, it penetrates deep because it has the tiniest molecule of any AHA. You’ll see these incorporated into many products found in drugstores and high-end makeup shops.  

Mandelic Acid

This is the perfect acid for exfoliation. Beginners who are looking for a product that exfoliates will find mandelic acid to be gentler on their skin compared to lactic acids and glycolic. Additionally, unlike comparable AHAs, this acid is oil soluble which allows it to be useful with the pore. Those who suffer from acne and hyperpigmentation can benefit from mandelic acid.