Glamour Mag: Acids in Skincare and Skin Treatments

glamourGlamour magazine looks into the popularity of acids in skincare both in products for use at home and professional treatments. 

Founder of Cosmedics Skin Clinics, Dr Ross Perry, was asked to give his expertise for the feature entitled:

“Everyone should be using an acid for the best skin of their life, here’s how to find the right one for you”

The article explains that acids can be used for a variety of purposes:

“They’re the mega-multitaskers of skincare ingredients, working to smooth lines, tighten pores, erase dark spots and give you some serious glow.”

Ross explains how BHA (beta hydroxy acid) salicylic acid can be used in treating oily and acne prone skin:

“It helps reduce the cycle of inflammation that causes the redness and pigmentation you can get from acne”

Another acid that can be a helpful ingredient for acne sufferers is azelaic acid. Dr. Perry explains:

“It treats acne by killing the bacteria that infects skin pores.”

With more and more at-home skin products containing acid, how do you get the most benefit? Dr Ross Perry says that many products now combine AHAs and BHAs, which maximises a range of benefits from acne and sun damage to clogged pores. Dr Perry adds:

“Alternatively you could use an AHA and a BHA on alternate nights of the week to get the best results from each acid.”

Find out more at:


  • AHAs are chemical exfoliators that can be extremely helpful for oily or blemish-prone skin if used on a regular basis
  • BHAs are also chemical exfoliators, but they’re better catered to oilier skin types that are prone to acne, blackheads and milia, those annoying little white bumps on the surface of your skin
  • PHAs (AKA Polyhydroxy Acids) are very similar to traditional alpha hydroxy acids, because both work by dissolving and shedding the dead cells  that are stuck to the surface of the skin.

Advice on using acids in skincare

  • Acid strengths and indications vary widely
    • Certain cleansers containing acid are mild enough for daily use
    • Mild exfoliants may be used up to 2-3 times a week at home
    • Medium facial peels for professional use are much less frequent every 3-4 months
  • Introduce products containing acid very gently every 2-3 days to acclimatise the skin, then increase to alternate days

Professional Peels

Cosmedics beauty offers a selection of chemical peel treatments.

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