Lactic Acid

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Are you looking to start your journey into the world of exfoliating acids? Do you have sensitive skin that just can't tolerate this method of exfoliation? It's time to say hello to your exfoliating skin savior, lactic acid. Derived from sour milk or fruit extracts, lactic acid is by no means a new skincare ingredient; Cleopatra used to famously soak in baths of milk to keep her skin soft and smooth. Luckily, we no longer have to go to these extremes to get the exfoliating benefits thanks to next-generation, high-performance skincare formulas.

An exfoliating acid, lactic acid has a multitude of skincare benefits. It dissolves away dead skin cells to reveal the fresh, smooth cells underneath and give your skin a healthy, radiant glow. It can also help to smooth out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, add firmness to the skin and has anti-bacterial benefits that work to reduce breakouts. Despite the powerful results, lactic acid is a gentle ingredient that can be used regularly by all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Lactic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). You may have heard of glycolic acid, the most commonly used AHA thanks to its softening and smoothing properties. However, some AHAs can be too harsh for beginners or those with sensitive skin. That's where lactic acid comes in. The molecules of lactic acid are larger than its fellow AHAs, which prevent it from penetrating too deeply and causing irritation. Instead, it works on the surface of the skin, polishing away dead skin cells for a light peel effect without the side effects.

We've put together an essential collection of lactic acid-enriched skincare from some of your favorite skincare brands. From daily acid toners to powerful exfoliating masks and everything in between, discover the skin-smoothing effects of lactic acid.

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  • Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer

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    4.21 Stars 14 Reviews
    $46.00
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    4.56 Stars 9 Reviews
    $38.00
  • The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% Superficial Peeling Formulation 30ml

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    $8.90
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    $41.00
  • SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser (6oz)

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    $48.00
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  • SkinCeuticals Clarifying Exfoliating Cleanser 150ml

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    $36.00
  • Q+A Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum 30ml

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    $9.00
  • The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Concentrated Serum 30ml

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    4.89 Stars 9 Reviews
    $11.10
  • SkinCeuticals Renew Overnight Normal to Dry Skin

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    4.0 Stars 10 Reviews
    $64.00
  • AHAVA Mineral Botanic Velvet Body Lotion - Hibiscus and Fig 500ml

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    $14.00
  • REN Clean Skincare Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic 250ml

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    4.75 Stars 4 Reviews
    $39.00
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    $12.00
  • First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub with 10% AHA 226ml

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  • PCA SKIN Hydrating Toner

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    5.0 Stars 6 Reviews
    $46.00
  • Sunday Riley GOOD GENES All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment (1.7oz)

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    5.0 Stars 8 Reviews
    $122.00
  • Obagi Clinical Blue Brilliance Triple Acid Peel 1.08 fl. oz

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  • HydroPeptide Pre-Treatment Toner 200ml

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  • REN Travel Size Clean Skincare Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic 100ml

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  • Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Vitamin C Lactic Dewy Deep Cream 2 fl oz

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  • AHAVA Caressing Body Sorbet 350ml

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    5.0 Stars 3 Reviews
    $32.00
  • The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% Superficial Peeling Formulation 30ml

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    5.0 Stars 3 Reviews
    $7.80
  • PCA SKIN Smoothing Toner

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    4.71 Stars 7 Reviews
    $46.00
  • SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Mask

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    4.7 Stars 10 Reviews
    $60.00
  • Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster 30ml

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    4.75 Stars 4 Reviews
    $68.00
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    4.67 Stars 3 Reviews
    $40.00
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  • Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser 200ml

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    $63.00
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