Lactic Acid (what it is and when to use it!)

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This is a wonderful peel for those dealing with ageing and pigmented skin. Lactic Acid will exfoliate the outer surface of the skin and encourage new cell turnover. It is a natural humectant, pulling moisture from the collagen levels to the surface of skin. It is an excellent acid choice for dry and sundamaged skin. This treatment is relatively non-irritating with very little, if any, down time. 
Lactic is a mild acid and can be applied 1-2X per week to keep skin moist and exfoliated.

Since the days of ancient Egypt, people have been using ‘chemical exfoliation’ methods, also known as chemical peeling, to rejuvenate skin. The original chemical peel was Lactic Acid, an active ingredient of sour milk that was used topically by the nobles as part of an ancient skin rejuvenation regime. Cleopatra is famous for taking frequent baths in ass’s milk.

What is Lactic Acid? Lactic Acid is an AHA or Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Also known as a ‘Chemical Peel’ or the ‘Lunchtime Peel’, Alpha-hydroxy acids perform at the base of the stratum corneum (the top layers of your skin), dissolving the ‘glue’ that holds dead skin cells together. Because this increases cell turnover, skin becomes smoother, more elastic and more even in tone and texture.

What is it used for? Lactic Acid has been known to help the following conditions

•    Acne
•    Dry skin
•    Sun damaged skin
•    Blotchy pigmentation, Hyperpigmentation (chloasma)
•    Fine wrinkles

Is it worth the money? This treatment would cost you £30-£80 in a beauty salon for one treatment (not including the creams you'd have to buy to go with it), a 30ml bottle should give you at least a few facials!

How does it work? Lactic acid works at the base of the skin’s stratum corneum, dissolving the ‘glue’ that holds dead skin cells together. Because this increases cell turnover, skin becomes smoother, more elastic and more even in tone and texture.
At the same time Lactic Acid also stimulates your skin to produce more collagen. Collagen is the main structural protein of the skin and keeps it elastic and line free; when this starts to disintegrate, skin begins to sag and wrinkle. Replacing the collagen your skin has lost with age can help diminish crow’s feet around the eyes, frown lines, and vertical lines around the lips.

How is this good for spots? The most common form of acne is caused as hair follicles get clogged by dead skin cells and sebum - the oil your skin naturally produces. Bacteria multiply within the clogged pores and so spots and blackheads form. By removing the dead skin cells you are also removing the grime and excess oil that's blocking up the pores and exposing fresh, new skin that can breathe. Most people report that with regular use of AHA products, their once very oily skin changes to a combination type skin.

How does it reduce scars and wrinkles? When new layers of skin grow they are following the pattern, or blueprint of the skin above them, so if you have scars in your skin that is the blueprint the new skin is following. By removing the top layers of skin daily you are reducing that blueprint and so the scar will become less visible, slowly over time.

No topical treatments can reverse deep scarring but the Lactic Acid peels will help to make your skin smoother, and the scars less noticeable. The treatment also stimulates the production of collagen which keeps your skin smooth and firm. It also allows your moisturiser to penetrate the deeper layers of skin, and so the skin’s own regeneration process can happen more efficiently

Will my face be sore and peeling? As long as you follow the instructions supplied then no, you should experience no discomfort or peeling, remember this is just speeding up a natural process that occurs in your skin. The peel is left on for 1-3 minutes (remember to time it accurately, building up 30 seconds at a time). As you will be applying a chemical exfoliant to your skin you will feel a slight stinging sensation, but it's loosening the bond of the old, dead skin only and not peeling off your healthy, living skin. You may experience some redness but this will soon fade. You skin may also feel slightly itchy after a treatment, this is perfectly normal as it's the skin regenerating itself.

Is it easy to use? Our Lactic Acid is in liquid form and very easy to use, you should use a cotton pad to apply, You start by leaving the Lactic Acid on for 1 minute and then building up the time (30 seconds at a time, after six weeks you take a two week break and then begin the cycle again. The treatment is so quick and easy and takes about 10 minutes to do. Once you have achieved the desired effects you may want to reduce using the Lactic Acid to every two weeks and then just once per month to keep your skin healthy and smooth. Your Lactic Acid will come with full, easy to use instructions in a clearly marked  bottle

DO NOT USE If you're pregnant/breastfeeding, under the age of 16, if you are undergoing any kind of intense beauty treatment (microdermabrasion, glycolic acid treatment, Retin-a, laser therapy etc), if you have any broken veins/capillaries or if you're on medication which increases the skins sensitivity such as (but not limited to) roaccutane. People who commonly have cold sores may find that chemical peels can cause an outbreak of cold sores and may want to take their medication before use or avoid use altogether, do not apply glycolic acid to your skin while you have an active cold sore.


The British Institute of Skin



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