Move over retinol: it’s all about succinic acid now. The newest skin saviour on the scene, we’re here to introduce you to this new exfoliating acid — and trust us, this is one you won’t want to skip in your routine. Read on to find out why this hero ingredient is a true game changer for your skincare routine.
The lowdown on succinic acid
Succinic acid is an organic ingredient that is found naturally in sugar cane or amber, extracted through the process of fermentation. While it’s been used in European countries for years due to its medicinal benefits, succinic acid is actually relatively new to the beauty industry. But now the secret’s out, dermatologists everywhere are raving about it - and for good reason.
So what does it do?
- Gently exfoliates
Unlike harsher exfoliating acids which can be damaging for the skin barrier, succinic acid is actually restorative for the skin’s pH balance. Switching to a succinic acid toner like our Skin Changer will gently remove dead, dulling skin cells without causing redness or irritation.
- Regulate oil production
- Reduces fine lines
Thanks to its powerful antioxidant properties, this versatile acid protects your skin from free radical damage like pollution and UV exposure too, which are known to contribute to the first signs of ageing. As if we needed any more convincing…
- Promotes cell renewal
If your skincare goals are skin firmness and elasticity, we’ve got good news for you: succinic acid is known to speed up the metabolic processes that stimulate skin rejuvenation.
- Prevents breakouts
Last but not least, we love how succinic acid is changing the game for acne sufferers. Acting as an antimicrobial agent, this acid inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi on the skin, preventing various types of acne and breakouts. As an effective anti-inflammatory, succinic acid will soothe any existing breakouts, too!
Will it work for me?
With its ability to control sebum, this emerging skincare hero is well suited to oily and acne-prone skin, but the beauty is that anyone can benefit from it.
While it’s tempting to overuse chemical peels or pile on retinol once a week and hope for the best, a consistent and strategic approach is definitely best when dealing with powerful actives. It’s time to ditch the lockdown experimenting, adopt a skin-minimalist approach and look to succinic acid instead - this skin-changing acid will have your skin looking clearer and more radiant in no time.