lactic ACID AND SKIN TEXTURE
Practically everyone would love to have perfect skin that's free of blotches and blemishes. Unfortunately, that ideal is not so easy to achieve. I was looking to improve my skin's overall texture, and I might have found a friend in lactic acid.
As an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), lactic acid is a member of a well-known family of exfoliants. As such, it improves skin's overall texture by moisturizing, sloughing off dead surface cells and promoting collagen growth. Consequently, lactic acid often works well as a wrinkle and line reducer and helps to even out skin tone.
Lactic acid is considered one of the best AHAs to use, because most AHAs can often be irritating to the skin. Lactic acid is uniquely gentle by comparison and typically doesn't irritate people who have skin conditions like acne or rosacea. However, if your skin is extremely sensitive, you should still be cautious when using these products, especially if the lactic acid content is particularly high.
Peels -- even lactic acid peels -- can sometimes be harsh on skin, particularly inflamed or acne-ridden skin. If you need something milder for your skin, lactic acid creams and lotions might be a good alternative for you, particularly if you are looking to moisturize and exfoliate.
R-Lactin is available in two variants:
A Cream – in a 125ml jar which is a rich moisturiser for very dry skin and small affected areas on the skin
A Lotion – in a 250ml pump bottle, which is a lighter moisturiser and used for larger affected areas to ensure all over treatment and moisturising.
R-Lactin Lotion contains the active ingredient Lactic acid, at a concentration of 10% neutralised to a pH of between 4 and 4.5. (Lactic acid on its own has a lower pH than 4 to 4.5 and is too acidic, therefore the pH is neutralised/adjusted to a pH of 4 to 4.5. The lower a pH, the higher the acidity).
R-Lactin Lotion helps with the removal of dead skin cells in the stratum corneum (skin’s uppermost layer) not only improving the appearance of skin, but also helps increase the penetration of other skin care ingredients such as moisturisers. R-Lactin Lotion is ideal for use on conditions such as rough skin texture caused by sun damage, dry scaly skin (Xerosis), Keratosis pilaris and Ichthyosis vulgaris. It helps to smooth fine wrinkles and helps to reduce Hyper-pigmentation such as old age spots (Solar lentigo)
Sun Alert- Lactic Acid may cause increased sensitivity to the sun. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, sun lamps, or tanning booths. Use sunscreen or protective clothing if you must be outside for a prolonged period.
I use my Bionike SPF 50 sunscreen religiously every day.
Both the cream and Lotion can be purchased from Dischem for R79. I use less than a full pump (a full pump is way too much). It has a runny consistency and I have a feeling that this bottle is going to last a very long time. The directions on the package where not clear. It stated to use it twice a day or as directed by a medical doctor and to wash your hands after application unless your hands are part of the treatment. I decided to start using it twice or three times a week at night. I have used it for about three weeks now, and am happy with the results so far. The skin on my cheeks is always dry, but not since I have been using this product. I like the fact that it smooths out the skin without drying it or making your skin peel like other AHA’s. I cant comment about wrinkle removal yet, but I will keep my fingers crossed.
I know that this was a long post, but I just wanted to add as much info about Lactic acid and this product from the research that I have done.