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Ingredient Focus: Lipo Hydroxy Acid

With new ingredients being discovered and created every week, it can be difficult to keep up with what they are and what they do. We’ve been noticing Lipo Hydroxy Acid (LHA) making a more regular appearance recently, so we thought it was only right to break it down and let you know exactly what it does. Once the ingredient becomes more mainstream you’ll be clued up and know exactly what it does.

What Is Lipo Hydroxy Acid?

LHA is one of the skincare industries latest attempts at cracking the acne cure. We know that since acne can be caused by excess oil or dead skin on the face, it will be difficult to ever get rid of it full. We can control it though. LHA works by decreasing the concentration of bacteria found within the pores. It has a nature that allows it to absorb easily into the skin, which also makes it an effective moisturiser.

What Does Lipo Hydroxy Acid In Skincare Do?

LHA stimulates the skin in a similar way to retinoids. It increases the rate in which the cell wall inside the pore renews itself. You might be wondering why this matters – well, we’ll tell you. If there is newer skin inside the pore wall, it makes the pore tighter. Tighter pores, means less oil production, which in turn means less acne breakouts. It’s also been shown to have anti-inflamatory and anti-comedogenic properties which means it helps to reduce redness and doesn’t block your pores.

Our Final Thoughts

Knowing what your skincare ingredients do will make it easier for you to make effective choices. With new ingredients popping up all the time, we know it can be difficult to keep on top of it all. If you’re upgrading your routine, or even starting one from scratch, having a product with LHA in will surely strengthen your regime.

We love knowing what goes into our skincare and we hope you feel the same! Follow us on Twitter to be kept up to date with everything.



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