Acid on skin — sounds scary, no? Maybe we’ve seen too many celluloid torture scenes, but the combination is more likely to conjure a Joker-like burn victim than perfectly complexioned A-listers. Yet, the labels on our skin care products are positively loaded with acids of all kinds. Are these ingredients among the dubious additives we would do best to avoid? Not exactly.
While many acids are included in skin care to help thicken creams or help stabilize products, others serve as skin care power players, helping to better our complexions by exfoliating, fading dark spots, hydrating and more. So, which acids are best bets for enviable skin? We talked with Dr. Melanie Palm, a dermatologist and assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego and Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, a dermatologist and clinical professor of dermatology at the George Washington Medical Center, to round up which acids are most likely to improve your complexion, no matter what your skin type.