November 29, 2019
Acids have become increasingly common in skincare and skin treatments. Particularly in aesthetic medicine, different acids are popular as chemical peels due to their exfoliating nature. However, besides their ability to remove dead skin cells, facial acids in lower concentrations have incredibly powerful actions. Some possess potent anti-oxidant properties that serve to rejuvenate the skin and slow skin ageing. Others have skin lightening properties and actions that unclog pores, reduce acne to reversing dull and sun-damaged skin.
At DermClear, Medical Director Dr Chin Yee Choong, who has years of personal experience with the entire range of beneficial facial acids, uses bespoke combinations tailored to your skin to reveal ultimate beautiful skin within. We invite you to read on to find out the range of facial acids and how they work to give you clear, supple and glowing skin.
1. Ferulic Acid
Ferulic acid is a superior antioxidant found in rice, oats and the seeds of apples and oranges. Just as they protect the plants they’re found in, ferulic acid also protects the skin from damaging free radicals and sun damage. This premium acid slows down skin ageing and accelerates skin regeneration. Ferulic acid also works to supercharge other antioxidants — that’s why one of Dr Chin’s most sought-after intense skin rejuvenation therapy is a miracle-creating combination of ferulic acid and L-ascorbic acid.
2. L-Ascorbic Acid
Also known as the active form of vitamin C, L-ascorbic acid is a proven and powerful antioxidant that soaks up free radicals, protects skin from oxidative stress and renews the skin. The result is a dramatically more radiant and youthful – a result you simply cannot resist.
3. Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are water-soluble acids that are naturally found in food. Examples of AHAs include citric acid (found in lemons and oranges) and glycolic acid (found in sugar cane). These acids have proven themselves to effectively increase skin hydration, boost cell turnover and promote new collagen formation. Voilà – youthful and firmer skin revealed.
4. Mandelic Acid
Mandelic acid is an up-and-comer in the world of facial acids, and is an AHA that’s usually found in bitter almonds. It has larger molecules, making it gentler and less irritating than most AHAs used to treat hyperpigmentation and discolouration. It also boasts powerful anti-bacterial properties to treat acne and regulate sebum production.
5. Lactic Acid
What do sour milk and sore muscles have in common? Both produce lactic acid. Also an AHA, lactic acid stimulates cell renewal and sloughs away dead skin cells with the added benefit of improving the skin’s moisture factor, making it perfect for those with dry skin. It’s also a key ingredient to treat ‘strawberry skin’ caused by keratosis pilaris (the build-up of keratin around pores).
6. Salicylic Acid
If you have acne-prone skin, you’ve probably noticed salicylic acid commonly found in the anti-acne products you use — there’s a good reason why. Salicylic acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid, which is oil-soluble instead of water-soluble. As such, it can easily penetrate into the lipid layers of skin to dissolve the sebum, dirt and debris clogging up your pores. It also has potent anti-inflammatory actions to soothe inflamed pimples and return your skin to a blemish-free state.
7. Trichloro-Acetic Acid (TCA)
Trichloro-Acetic acid is commonly used to treat skin discolouration, scarring and wrinkles. It is more potent that AHA peels as it penetrates deeper into the skin’s layers. You will be impressed by the dramatic results seen with just one TCA peel! TCA is so effective that it can be used rejuvenate significant sun-damaged skin and reduce the risk of sun-induced skin cancers with repeated use.
At DermClear, we have a deep and thorough understanding of facial acids and how to safely unleash their incredible powers to give you radiant and flawless skin. We invite you to discover the magic of how combination facial acids can do for your dull and blemished skin and to prevent your precious complexion from the unrelenting ravages of time and ageing. Do call us today at 6356 5005 to set an appointment for a totally non-obligatory consultation.