Oil And Acid Is Good For Your Skin? Two Strangely Effective Skin Care Ingredients

Two of the last things you’d expect to be beneficial in your skin care products are oils and acids. But new evidence suggests that certain kinds of oils and acids are both effective in skin care.

Even more surprising is that the irritant qualities of certain acids are actually what makes it work. According to WebMD, various types of acid (such as malic acid) are used in a number of skin care products to essentially burn off the top layer of skin cells, which can be dead or damaged.

“Various alpha hydroxy acids are applied to the skin (used topically) for moisturizing and removing dead skin cells, for treating acne and improving the appearance of acne scars, for improving the appearance of photo-aged skin, and firming and smoothing skin.”

NewsMax put together a list of skin care products that contain malic acid, which is a naturally occurring chemical that is used frequently for personal hygiene. You can find malic acid in everything from face creams and anti-aging products to shampoos and oral care products.

Malic acid is even effective at removing scar tissue on the face, which can help treat fresh acne scars. Despite being an irritant that removes layers of skin, malic acid actually helps make skin smoother. It also contributes to firmness by increasing the thickness of deeper layers of skin.

Oil is another ingredient that you wouldn’t expect to be beneficial in skin care products. Many people reach for the oil-free face wash when buying skin care items, for fear that oils will clog their pores and make their acne worse. But according to the Huffington Post, oil should not be considered the enemy of good skin care. Cosmetic dermatologic surgeon Dr. Ariel Ostad explained that certain cleansing oil products utilize the healthy oils in your skin to get rid of the bad oils, all without clogging pores.

“Some of these oils can either be naturally produced sebum or those from makeup and other products,” Ostad said. “When you rinse it all off, the ‘good oil’ takes those ‘bad oils’ and dirt along with it.”

In addition to removing dirt and bad oil, oil cleaners contain antioxidants and can slow the effects of aging. People with dry skin can use cleansing oils to moisturize and hydrate, and can use just about any skin care oil. For those who already have oily skin, Dr. Ostad suggests oils that contain botanical amino acids for washing away excess sebum. People with sensitive skin should look for olive oils, which don’t irritate the skin.

If you think oil products could work for you, Bustle suggests you start slowly and only look for pure oil skin care products.

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For more on skin care, read about the recent passing of the woman who pioneered the skincare market in the United States.

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