The skincare acid craze, explained

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What would you do to have clear skin?

The pursuit of beautiful skin has been deeply rooted in human culture. And while skincare acids have been used for decades, they’ve surged in popularity in recent years.

You see them advertised on products in stores and across the internet. Glycolic acid. Lactic acid. Hyaluronic acid. Salicylic acid. Even though they all have one word in common, they all serve different purposes in skincare regimens. Acids like glycolic and lactic acid are used for exfoliation, azelaic acid is known for fighting inflammation, and salicylic acid for treating acne-prone skin.

With so many acids to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decipher what should be included in a skincare routine — no one wants to end up in a Samantha Jones situation.

Check out the video above to learn more about the acids used in skincare, and what they can or cannot do for you.

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