Just when you thought that you've got your grip on facial acids, ceramides and antioxidants, along comes another ingredient to shake up our knowledge of skincare. Skincare can seem a bit overwhelming sometimes, especially with a plethora of options available to us. But trust us, it's worth educating yourself on various indigents and what they do.
We know what you're thinking, you barely understood the difference between AHAs and BHAs and now there's another ingredient that's taking over the internet. Yes, there is and for good measure. A godsent for sensitive, acne-prone skin, this ingredient has proven itself to be a gamechanger. We're talking about Succinic Acid!
So what the hell is succinic acid and why is the internet going gaga over it?
Succinic acid is a naturally occurring substance that's commonly found in sugarcane and amber. It is also found in us, humans, and is really great for the skin.
It works by helping to 'peel off' the dead skin, unclog pores and targets acne and blemishes. It also helps to fight signs of ageing and keeps the skin looking youthful. It sounds all too familiar, right? Yes, that's because it does a similar job to salicylic acid! But unlike salicylic, succinic acid doesn't exfoliate your skin too much.
If you find salicylic acid too harsh for your skin, here are a few reasons why succinic acid may be your skin's new BFF.
Despite all of its good deeds, it doesn't exfoliate your skin much. In fact, it is really gentle on the skin and a perfect acid to build into your skincare regimen. Also, it doesn't fall in the 'strong acids' category, meaning that skincare virgins can give this a try too.
It's really easy, TBH. Succinic acid is commonly found in leave-in skincare products. And just like every other skincare item, it will start to show its magic in due time. You can either look for a daily moisturizer that has succinic acid in it or introduce a serum or a spot treatment with the ingredient.
In conclusion, succinic acid is a gamechanger, especially for folks with sensitive skin.
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