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What is lactic acid? How to use the gentle exfoliant for brighter skin

Most people will tell you that achieving brighter, healthier-looking skin starts with regular exfoliation. To do that, you have two main options: sloughing away dead skin cells manually with an exfoliating brush or scrub, or by using a chemical exfoliant.

Lactic acid falls into the latter group. You’ve likely already spotted the ingredient on the back of many of the most popular serums and moisturizers on the market — and there’s a good reason why you see it so often. According to experts, it can be an effective way to help improve the tone and texture of your skin.

What is lactic acid?

Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), a type of chemical used to exfoliate the top layer of skin cells, added Dr. Rachel Nazarian of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City. There are different types of AHAs — glycolic and citric acid are other examples — and each one has varying effects on your skin.



Source : TODAY – What is lactic acid? How to use the gentle exfoliant for brighter skin Edited By, Emma Stessman

About Schweiger Dermatology Group

Schweiger Dermatology Group was founded to help make excellent dermatology care accessible throughout the Northeast. In 2010, Dr. Eric Schweiger started the practice with a single location in Midtown Manhattan. When he saw the need for high-quality dermatology care that did not require weeks or months of waiting to see a qualified provider, his vision of a multi-location practice was born.

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