Acid toners are a great way to exfoliate the skin if you feel that gritty scrubs are too harsh for your skin. There are many types of acids on the market including AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids) and PHAs (Polyhydroxy Acids).
The most common ones which are prevalent in a lot of beauty products consist of Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Azelaic Acid and Mandelic Acid.
Lactic Acid is extracted from milk. Lactic acid exfoliates on the surface of the skin by breaking down the material that holds dead skin together, allowing it to shed naturally as it once did. One of the most gentle exfoliants on the market.
Glycolic Acid helps shed dead skin to renew the skin’s surface, visibly softening the signs of aging, particularly from sun damage. Glycolic acid is one of the most effective and well-researched forms of AHA.
Salicylic Acid is also called a beta hydroxy acid (BHA). This ingredient addresses many of the systemic causes of acne. It is especially effective for reducing breakouts, including blackheads and whiteheads.
Azelaic Acis is derived from grains. This acid can significantly diminish blemishes, help fade the appearance of post-acne red marks and other discolorations, and reduce the kind of skin sensitivity that leads to redness.
Mandelic Acid is a very effective exfoliant. Its not as effective as glycolic acid due to its larger size. and slower penetration into skin. however, these traits can also make mandelic acid more tolerable for those with sensitive skin.
Founded by Nanette De Gaspe Beaubien, this brand focuses on empowering women through effective skincare that is not just quick fixes.
AHA, BHA and PHA Complex: Helps to remove dead skin cells, reduces the look of hyperpigmentation, naturally balances PH, and refines pores.
Pro Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide): Promotes the production of proteins and lipids resulting in a strengthened skin barrier. It is also moisturising.
Lixirskin was founded by Colette Haydon, a doctor in dermo-pharmacy, who has previously formulated many best-selling skin care products for other beauty brands. The brand believes in universal, multi-tasking formulations for everyday use and for all ages.
Lactic Acid: One of the most gentle acids on the market. It exfoliates the skin and helps to reduce breakouts.
Phytic Acid: This acid eats away at dead skin cells. It is ideal for those with sensitive skins.
Yvan, Josette and Philippe Allouche, a biologist, a physiotherapist and a doctor founded Biologique Recherche over 40 years ago. They wanted to create new innovative products for professional use that weren’t available on the market yet.
Vitamin B3: Also known as Niacinamide. Very effective in improving the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone and dullness.
Burdock: This natural ingredients is skin-soothing and is an antioxidant. Burdock is good for problem and blemish-prone skin.
The Ordinary is part of the Deciem group founded by Brandon Truaxe. The Ordinary offers high performing products that do not contain misleading ingredients at an affordable price.
Glycolic Acid: A type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that, like other ingredients in the category is an exfoliant. It can help shed dead skin to renew the skin’s surface, visibly softening the signs of aging, particularly from sun damage
Rosa Damascena Flower Water: This ingredient contains a complex array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It also offers antiseptic and astringent properties.
Especially formulated with Shabir at Victoria Health, Garden of Wisdom tries to use as many active ingredients as possible and makes sure to use correct strengths within their serums. It is also a vegetarian brand that is cruelty free.
Azelaic Acid: This acid has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It's gentle resurfacing properties help to smooth out uneven skin texture and this coupled with its anti-inflammatory properties helps to calm and soothe skin prone to rosacea.
Jojoba Protein: A rich source of numerous fatty acids. It also provide topical skin-soothing benefits.
WHY I LOVE IT:
I love to recommend this acid to those who are prone to blemishes. It helps to inhibit the growth of bacteria in the follicles and additionally removes dead skin cells which make it a great treatment for mild to moderate acne.
Alpha H was founded by Michelle Doherty who struggled with her skin herself. This Australian brand aims to achieve clinical results with minimal effort and zero downtime.
Glycolic Acid: Exfoliates the skin by removing the outermost layer of dead cells. It also helps to treat scarring, discolouration and signs of ageing.
Licorice Extract: Contains powerful antioxidant properties and helps to balance oil production. It also helps in diminishing the appearance of age spots.
Founded by, and named after January Olds who had a career in product development for a leading national skincare brand, and also as a licensed aesthetician. Having worked in the skincare industry she began to see how many “quick-fix” products, which used lots of chemicals, there were. She then sought to have her own brand which produced simpler, purer products with much greater transparency about the ingredients.
Witch Hazel: Aggressively fights acne-causing bacteria.
Sodium PCA: A natural humectant responsible for binding moisture to the skin cells.