If you haven’t yet been introduced,
lactic acid is the sensitive, gentle-spirited member of the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) family.
But don’t let its delicate nature be overshadowed by its glycolic acid siblings who are known to pack more of a punch, because while it may be considered more tolerable for easily irritated skin, it still delivers an effective exfoliation.
In fact, lactic acid can produce visible results when it comes to minimising fine lines and wrinkles, plus boosting the hydration and radiance of dry, dull skin.
So if your complexion sits in the sensitive camp but you’re still looking to dabble in active ingredients, we’re here to recommend the following lactic acid cleansers, serums, masks and scrubs for results minus the irritation.
Panemorfi Skincare Lactic Acid Gel Cleanser
Panemorfi Skincare Lactic Acid Gel Cleanser offers an oil-free gel formula that’s been enriched with lactic acid and soothing aloe vera to thoroughly clean, exfoliate and hydrate.
$55 at Panemorfi BOOST LAB AHA Glow Resurfacing Serum
BOOST LAB’s AHA Glow Resurfacing Serum uses the latest resurfacing ‘Gold Standard’ lactic acid complex to effectively remove dead skin cells and reveal fresh, radiant and younger-looking skin underneath. Plus, the inclusion of naturally nourishing ingredients like aloe vera and manuka honey helps to keep dry complexions moisturised, smooth and clean year-round.
“I applied the resurfacing serum each night and always woke up with lovely smooth face, within a few weeks I noticed my face was starting to glow.” –
$29.95 at Adore Beauty
NIVEA Daily Essentials Clean Deeper Daily Wash Scrub
Gentle enough for daily use, the
NIVEA Daily Essentials Clean Deeper Daily Wash Scrub helps to prevent impurities like blackheads and clogged pores via the lactic acid and magnolia extract-rich formula.
$7.69 at Chemist Warehouse
Nu Skin® 180°® AHA Facial Peel and AHA Facial Peel Neutralizer
Nu Skin®’s 180°® AHA Facial Peel and AHA Facial Peel Neutralizer creates a younger and smoothing looking complexion by stimulating cell renewal and enhancing collagen in just minutes. The scientifically proven formula uses a 10 per cent lactic acid solution to sweep away sun damage and the appearance of ageing.
$88 at Nu Skin
Paula’s Choice Clinical KP Treatment Cloths
Specifically targeting keratosis pilaris, the
Paula’s Choice Clinical KP Treatment Cloths are soaked in eight per cent lactic acid and two per cent salicylic for an all-over reduction of bumps, breakouts and redness.
$45 at Paula’s Choice
Synergie Skin ReVeal
Synergie Skin’s ReVeal exfoliating serum utilises an active blend of lactic, malic and salicylic acids to improve dull skin texture, boost luminosity and increase hydration.
$115 at Synergie Skin
Alpha-H Liquid Gold Ultimate Perfecting Mask
This advanced home peel courtesy of
Alpha-H’s Liquid Gold Ultimate Perfecting Mask offers a long-lasting deep hit of moisture and a potent collagen boost. Rich in all the heavy hitters, this rejuvenating formula features glycolic acid, lactic acid, shea butter, HA and squalane.
“Immediately after using my skin is very hydrated and feels soft and just clean. It also looks radiant and brighter. The next day my skin is still very hydrated and plump. It helps to keep any hyperpigmentation at bay and any other issues such as dry patches etc.” – Gorgina
$89.95 at Adore Beauty Nude by Nature Hydrating Cream Cleanser
This new to the market cleanser is formulated to remove impurities, dirt and makeup, while moisturising and softening the skin. Made with naturally derived ingredients including shea butter esters, coconut oil and lemon aspen, the
Nude by Nature Hydrating Cream Cleanser releases lactic acid on contact with the skin to soften, smooth and deliver a silky after-feel.
$22.95 at Myer