Exfoliating liquid acids are a permanent part of my skincare routine . Whenever I mention these to friends or family they immediately pull a ‘ouch’ face and ask why on earth I’d put an acid on my skin. The correct acids used in the right precentage are incredibly beneficial to your skins apperance and health. So now I call them skin friendly acids!

The acids (listed below) work by effectivley nibbling away at the dead dry cells on the surface of your skin to restore texture, while improving clarity and diminishing the look of lines and wrinkles.

Salicylic acid (BHA) also works into a lower part of the skin as it has a smaller molecule size and making this is a great one to use for Acne and blemish prone skin as it cleans out the pore blocking dead skin cells and bacteria.

PHA’s are a new generation of AHA acids which have a larger molecule size meaning they take longer to penetrate the skins upper layers these types of acids are good for people who have sensitive skin or suffer with rosacea or other skin conditions that can easily flare up.

  • AHA
    • Lactic Acid – Naturally produced in the process of bacterial fermentation
    • Glycolic Acid – Derived from sugar cane
    • Mandelic Acid – Sourced from bitter almonds
    • Malic Acid – Occurs naturally in all fruits and many vegetables
  • BHA
    • Salicylic Acid– Natural Plant Source – White Willow. Use at 2% to see a difference. Great spot treatment as it penetrates the pore unlike the other acids that work on the top of the skin.
  • PHA
    • Gluconolactone Acid
    • Lactobionic AcidThese acids have a larger molecular structure, which limits their ability to penetrate the skin, resulting in less potential for sensitivity.

Some of the skin friendly acids am currently using are:

Zelens PHA Bio Peel Pads £65.00

Eucerin Skin Renewal £14.00 (AHA, BHA + PHA make up the 10% complex)

Corsx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid £22.00 (4% natural willow bark = 2% BHA)

Nip&Fab Glycolic Night Pads £14.95 (5% Glycolic + salicylic, lactic acid)