15 acids that are good for your skin

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Take a walk down the beauty aisle and you’ll see a never-ending array of products that claim to turn back the clock on aging skin and fix everything from acne to dark spots. Many of those products rely on naturally derived acids to work their magic. But which is right for you?

The key is knowing what each acid does and what skin type and issues it can improve. To break it down, we spoke with Dr. Sejal Shah, a dermatological surgeon and consultant with RealSelf, and Dr. Alan Parks, founder of DermWarehouse, who discussed how different acids affect the skin.

Hyaluronic acid

The latest buzzword in beauty is hyaluronic acid. While most acids have a drying effect on the skin, hyaluronic acid actually hydrates. This ingredient has the ability to hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water, deeply moisturizing skin while plumping and filling in fine lines and wrinkles. “Look for hyaluronic acid high on an ingredients list for the best results,” says Shah.

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