The INKEY List - Lactic Acid

The INKEY List Lactic Acid

PROMISES
FULFILLED
90 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
Works for
  • Exfoliation
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • Anti-aging
+ 1 more
Key ingredients
  • salicylic acid
  • lactic acid
  • lactic acid
  • glycerin
  • sodium hyaluronate
+ 2 more
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"They work deeper in the pores, helping to target blackheads and reduce the bacteria that can lead to breakouts."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: salicylic acid. This ingredient is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Lactic Acid removes dead cells from the skin's surface, helping it appear brighter and reducing the appearance of fine lines."
WIMJ summary

This product contains lactic acid. This ingredient might be able to help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness, but there is not enough evidence that it actually works.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"They work on the surface of the skin, encouraging cell turnover to reveal a brighter, more even complexion."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: lactic acid, salicylic acid

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Due to the exfoliating properties of AHA, and the fact it increases skin renewal, means the top layer of skin is newer, and potentially more sensitive to sunlight."
WIMJ summary

This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: lactic acid, salicylic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"This gentle exfoliator is designed to help your skin appear brighter with a more even skin tone, while providing additional hydration."
WIMJ summary

This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": glycerin, lactic acid.

When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. If the air is dry, humectants can speed up the moisture loss from the skin. This is why it is a good idea to use another product on top of this one to help "seal in" the moisture (look for ingredients like dimethicone, squalane, oils and butters).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
Ingredient Irritancy Skin Benefit
salicylic acid
Has skin benefit
lactic acid
Has skin benefit
lactic acid
Has skin benefit

Ingredients by volume

Used for skin exfoliation. It has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, helps to unclog pores, prevent blemishes and speed up healing of the existing ones. Sometimes referred to as a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid)
An exfoliating and moisturizing alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Typically causes less irritation than other AHAs, for example, glycolic acid. At high concentrations (about 15%), lactic acid can help reduce lines and wrinkles. Recent studies show that lactic acid can support the "good" bacteria living on skin's surface (healthy skin microbiom)

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