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Is Every Acid Capable of Exfoliation?
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VeronicaM
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Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:05 pm      Reply with quote
I read somewhere that all acids have exfoliating properties.

It's just that some acids exfoliate better than others. Also, some acids don't exfoliate too well because they're often formulated at the wrong pH or they're not in high-enough concentration.

What do you think of this? Do you think that all acids have the potential to exfoliate?
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Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:37 pm      Reply with quote
Generally speaking all AHA's and BHA's exfoliate but must be at right % and pH.
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Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:30 pm      Reply with quote
I'm referring to acids in general.

For example, someone told me that kojic acid has exfoliating properties on account of it being an acid. How much truth is there to this?
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Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:10 pm      Reply with quote
If speaking on a whole, different acids do different things. Kojic acid helps to lighten pigmented areas so I guess it would exfoliate a little. Its a very unstable and potentially irritating ingredient (from what Ive read and remember) so thats why its generally in spot treatments.
The most effective at exfoliating all of the face in siple products like creams, cleansers and toners are BHA (salicylic acid), AHA's (glycolic) as well as Lactic and Mandelic acids.

People say that Vit C exfoliates as well but dont find it nearly as smoothing and refining as any AHA's. And I use a 20% Vit C serum too!
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Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:42 pm      Reply with quote
No, I don't think H+ ions in and of themselves can produce skin exfoliation. Lol.

Seriously, if that were true, then cosmetic companies could throw the cheapest acids possible into a gel and market it as an exfoliant. *shudder*
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Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:24 am      Reply with quote
Kojic acid is comparable to hydroquinone properties, in that, it lightens the brown/dark pigmentation. I've tried this but it is just too harsh on my skin.

VeronicaM wrote:
I'm referring to acids in general.

For example, someone told me that kojic acid has exfoliating properties on account of it being an acid. How much truth is there to this?
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Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:00 am      Reply with quote
All acids are not good for exfoliation. Only the ones with the right PH are good.
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