Lactic Acid is the natural form of this multifunctional cosmetic ingredient, produced through the fermentation of corn. The human body produces, and utilizes, this gentle acid to maintain it’s optimal pH balance (Acid Mantle) used in the defense fungus and bacteria. Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates cells on the surface of skin by breaking down the material that holds skin cells together
Lactic Acid, when compared to Glycolic or Citric Acids, shows greatly reduced irritation while offering pronounced efficacy in exfoliating and skin rejuvenating formulations. When used at concentrations of 2% or less, Lactic Acid will perform; pH regulating, antimicrobial, and moisture binding functions. When used at concentrations higher than 2%, Lactic Acid will perform the same functions as well as offering:
- enhanced skin lightening effects
- improved collagen and elastin synthesis.
- accelerated exfoliation and cell renewal.
- removal of the corneocyte or “dead/horny” layer of skin to reveal a fresher, more youthful appearance.
NOTE: Please be aware that when you use AHA’s on the skin you are exposing new skin, which is much more susceptible to UV damage. Always follow with an adequate sunscreen. Important: Do not use Lactic acid pure and undiluted; the solution is highly acidic and can lead to skin irritation and skin burns