I am relatively new in the world of acid toning and to be honest, it was something that I put off due to the fact that the thought of putting an acid on my face scared me. I just didn't think my skin would react so well to it. After some reading and research I discovered that acid or exfoliation toning was not as scary as it sounded - in fact regular chemical exfoliation of the skin is generally highly recommended to create a brighter, radiant and even complexion. It is also important to note that we can always run the risk of over exfoliating as well, so it is quite important to find that balance of when and how to use an acid toner.
Acid toning is the use of chemical acids such as alpha hydroxy acid or beta hydroxy acids to remove some of the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin to reveal a brighter, more youthful complexion and also to aid in the penetration of other active serums or moisturisers that you may use after cleansing. Blogger, Hidden Harmony World has summarised the different types of acids and their uses quite well in this blog post here, if you want to know a little bit more about them. Whilst acid toning will give fantastic results for most people, it is also extremely important to be careful not to over exfoliate the skin as it can cause all sorts of problems such as increased sensitivity, redness, dryness, tightness and acne, as blogger Skin Ritual Diary has summarised quite well in her blog post here. For those with sensitive skin, it also extremely important to be careful and mindful what products you use. If the product is too strong you could potentially cause even more sensitivity, redness and some pain. As scary as I have made it sound, acid toning has made my skin much healthier and it does allow my other products to work far more effectively on my skin. Recently, I have been using three different types of chemical exfoliators.
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