Lactic acid is commonly used in over-the-counter skin care products as well as professional treatments. It is an alpha hydroxyl acid used to exfoliate, lighten dark spots, and improve fine lines and wrinkles. When used regularly, it can do wonders for the skin and is one of the most gentle hydroxyl acids in the skin care work.
Benefits of Lactic Acid Skin Care
Lactic acid will exfoliate the skin and help to speed up cell turnover and cell renewal. When used regularly, it can also improve signs of aging by stimulating collagen renewal. It’s also the main ingredient for products formulated for keratosis pilaris, or “chicken skin” that appears on the back of your arms.
This great ingredient is also common in eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea treatments. There are some potential side effects, so you want to ensure you speak with your physician before adding it to your routine.
Side Effects of Lactic Acid
Though this is one of the gentler AHAs, it is still very potent. One of the main drawbacks is that it can make your skin sensitive to the sun. This is because the new cells it leaves behind are more vulnerable to UV rays. When you start using this treatment, you will need to commit to proper sun protection on a daily basis.
Aside from sun sensitivity, this treatment can cause skin irritation including redness, burning, peeling, dryness, itchiness, and swelling. Though some minor cases of these irritations are common when you first begin use, if it persists or becomes more severe you want to wash the product off right away.
For more information on lactic acid skin care and if it is a suitable addition to your routine, contact our Denver skin clinic today. You can reach Colorado Skin Care by calling (303) 740-4883.