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10% Lactic Acid Solution

A chemical exfoliant that contains only water and lactic acid at an effective 10% concentration, to very gently improve both skin tone and texture

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  • Product details
  • What the science says
  • How to use it
  • Featured ingredients list
  • What you should know:

    This chemical exfoliator is appropriate for all skin types—including sensitive, due to the lactic acid formulation—an alpha hydroxy acid known for being extremely gentle yet still very effective. It can be used daily to help fade discoloration and combat any roughness or dullness and is a good pick for those looking to improve both skin tone and texture.

    Treats these skin concerns:
    • dullness
    • hyperpigmentation
    • sun damage
    • uneven texture
    Ideal for these skin types:
    • combination
    • dry
    • mature
    • normal
    • oily
    • sensitive
    • acne-prone
    Formulation notes:

    fragrance-free, gluten-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, sulfate-free

    Suitable for these skin tones:
    Fair Type I
    Light Type II
    Medium Type III
    Tan Type IV
    Brown Type V
    Deep Type VI

    Learn more about how we use the Fitzpatrick scale

    • Exfoliating is an important part of any skin-care routine, particularly as we get older and the rate at which our cells turn over slows down. Regular exfoliation removes the buildup of dead cells so that skin looks brighter, smoother, and more radiant. It also ensures that the active ingredients in any other products you’re using are better able to penetrate.
    • Exfoliants can be either chemical or mechanical (these use small particles to physically slough off dead skin). Which one you choose is a matter of personal preference, though many chemical exfoliants, including the lactic acid in this formula, offer additional benefits on top of exfoliation, giving you more bang for your buck.
    • P.M.:

    Apply a small amount to skin after cleansing. Let it dry fully, then apply moisturizer. This can be used nightly, but if you notice any redness or irritation, scale back to every other night.

    RealSelf tips:
    • While regular exfoliation is a good thing, too much exfoliation is not. Use only one exfoliating product in your skin-care routine at a time, particularly if it’s meant to be used daily.

    • Avoid using other potent ingredients, such as retinoids, at the same time as acid-based products, such as this. For example, if you use a retinoid nightly, use this exfoliating cleanser in the morning and use a gentler cleanser, like Clarity RX Cleanse Daily, in the evening.

    • For a one-two punch against stubborn discoloration, pair this with another brightening product, like Clarity RX Let There Be Light Lightening Serum.

    • Lactic acid: This popular alpha hydroxy acid is derived from milk. It has a much larger molecular weight than its other AHA counterparts, which makes it harder for lactic acid to penetrate into the skin. This does make it a slightly less potent but also the gentlest AHA, often recommended even for those with sensitive skin. Still, it’s very effective, dissolving dead cells on the surface of the skin in order to help fade discoloration and smooth out rough texture. It also has some moisturizing properties because it’s a humectant, an ingredient that attracts water to and holds it in the skin.

    Full ingredients list:

    Purified Water, Lactic Acid

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