Let’s Talk Acids and Their Uses

Updated: Jan 10


Surprise surprise—they’re not just for exfoliation

Acids have been a buzzword for a while now. And while they might seem intimidating if you’ve never used one before, or assume their role in skincare is solely for peeling dead skin off your face, don’t worry. There are a ton of acids out there with a lot of more uses than just shedding old skin cells! From oily skin to dry skin, here are some acids we use in our skincare that you should add to your skincare routine:


Glycolic acid

An alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) widely used in various popular skincare products, glycolic acid is a very small molecule (which means it’s easier to get into the skin)—but does the most massive things. Besides ridding dead skin cells to give you glowing skin, glycolic acid also helps to eliminate the buildup of oils, prevent clogged pores that could lead to breakouts, regenerate collagen, lighten pigmentation, reduce fine lines…the list goes on. It’s no wonder it’s a staple in most anti-aging products!


Find it in: Ultra Pore Refiner Anti-Blemish Night Cream


Hyaluronic acid

As wonderfully summed by dermalogica.com, you shouldn’t let the ‘acid’ in hyaluronic acid fool you. This gel-like water-holding molecule helps to bind and retain moisture, giving your skin a dewy, hydrated look. In an interview with Bustle, Arielle Panarello, a medical aesthetician at Union Square Laser Dermatology, shares that this moisturizing acid helps to strengthen the skin, while also boosting skin vitality and vibrancy. This also means it acts as the perfect anti-aging ingredient.


Find it in: Everyday Serum with Hyaluronic Concentrate


Lactic acid

Yet another hydrating acid, this AHA delivers a boost to your skin’s natural lipid barrier and is widely popular one used in skincare. Lactic acid actively helps to diminish fine lines, brighten your skin, as well as reduce acne breakouts and fade post-blemish dark spots. If you have oily skin, you’ll also be happy to know that this acid happens to have renowned oil-control properties that keeps pimples away.


Find it in: Ultra Pore Refiner Anti-Blemish Night Cream


Citric acid

Like its namesake, citric acid is an AHA derived from citrus fruits and commonly used to slough off dead skin cells to encourage cell regeneration. It’s also an antioxidant that combats early signs of aging such as small wrinkles and mild pigmentation, and helps to brighten the skin—perfect for those looking to keep yourself looking youthful and energetic!


Find it in: Glow Renew Moist Cleanser


Linolenic acid

Hailing from the Omega 6 family of fats, this essential fatty acid is required by our bodies to make ceramide 1 lionleate—ceramides play a vital role in the formation of the lipid bi-layers, which keeps your skin strong. Linolenic acid is also used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics and skincare, and is anti-inflammatory, reduces acne, and helps your skin to retain moisture. For those with dry skin or sensitive skin, or habitually suffer from rosacea or eczema, linoleic acid will do wonders to bring hydration back to your skin.


Find it in: Brightening Moisturizing Cream with Arbutin and Vitamins


Acids may be the last thing on your mind when skincare shopping—consumers usually look out for friendlier, layman terms like ‘hydration’, ‘moisturizing’, ‘for oily skin/dry skin/sensitive skin’ and more, but understanding a few common acids and their purposes will help you make smart decisions when buying skincare. Instead of buying 3-4 products to tackle a problem, all you need is one good product with the right combination of ingredients!

At The Moisturizers Co, we don’t forcefully include acids in our moisturizers, only when they are suited for the product we are manufacturing. We chose to focus on using calendula extracts and other mild yet potent natural ingredients in our Ultra Moisturizing Repair Gel to gently target dry skin/sensitive skin, while our Ultra Pore Refiner Anti Blemish Night Cream utilizes a blend of witch hazel and AHAs (lactic acid 0.5%, glycolic acid 0.5%) to gamely tackle pore-clogging sebum and oily skin.

Discover our full range and full ingredient list here.






About us: The Moisturizers Co. is a skincare company with a niche in targeted moisturizers of the highest quality and efficacy—combining natural botanical and clinical-grade actives in advanced skincare formulations that penetrate deeper to deliver high performance actives into skin. They allow busy urban women to enjoy quality skincare that has proven to deliver real, sustainable results. Products are manufactured under strict GMP-certified conditions, free from parabens, silicones and alcohol, with zero animal testing.


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