Everything You Need to Know About Acids

February 26, 2017 1 Comment

Everything You Need to Know About Acids

While acids are becoming a popular staple ingredient in many advanced skincare products, they might feel overwhelming for the uninitiated. We’ve put together an easy-to-follow guide to help you decide which acid is the right one for you based on your skin type and concerns


APTO Easy Guide to Acids for Skincare



Glycolic is probably the most popular acid in the bunch, because it's been historically used in professional chemical peels. But did you know that this powerhouse ingredient comes from sugar? 

Glycolic Acid can be used by all skin types, but just make sure to use a low concentration (less than 5%) if your skin tends to get irritated easily. Use it to target hyperpigmentation, dullness and fine lines. And even though it may take a few weeks to see its effectiveness, expect baby-smooth skin after just the first application.

APTO Clear Skin Booster

Clear Skin Booster

Great to fight breakouts as a preventive measure or as a last minute skin-fix

Surface Renewal Exfoliant 

Our best-selling product: achieve smooth, clear, bright skin in minutes


Milder than Glycolic and derived mostly from green apples, Malic Acid is a great option for those with sensitive skin. Malic Acid will improve the skin's texture, helping it to achieve a softer, smoother appearance. 

APTO Pore Purifier Serum

 Pore Purifier Serum

We often over abuse oily, break-out prone skin, making it more irritable and sensitive to acids. This serum gently exfoliates dead cells without stripping your skin of moisture.



Tartaric Acid is an excellent mild exfoliator and antioxidant. Most plant-derived acids have some antioxidant properties, but grape-derived Tartaric Acid is particularly potent. It is suitable for all skin types and works to reverse signs of aging while also protecting against further damage. 


We must confess that we may be a little biased towards Lactic Acid. After all, it is a key ingredient in a whopping nine of our products. Wondering why we are such fans? While it delivers similar results to other acids by gently exfoliating dead skin cells, it is way less likely to cause any skin irritation or redness, making it the ideal companion for those plagued with blemishes, congestion or simply in need of some glow.



If you suffer from skin inflammation and its accompanying redness and blotchiness, make sure to include some Azelaic Acid into your routine. It is also a great ingredient to target dark spots, skin discoloration and melasma.

APTO Advanced Clarifying Night Treatment

 Advanced Clarifying Night Treatment

This night treatment is a life-saver for oily and combination skin types suffering from breakouts and redness. After just the first application, skin feels softer and relieved.



Citric Acid is naturally found in citrus fruits like lemons, oranges and limes. Other than acting as a gentle exfoliator, Citric Acid also helps to restrict the production of the hormone Melanin, fighting skin discoloration and brown spots.

APTO Balance Restoring Toner

Balance Restoring Toner

The perfect companion to your cleansing routine. Refresh and balance your pH.

Damage Repair Mask

Apply weekly to help regenerate, hydrate and rejuvenate your skin.



Hyaluronic Acid is actually one of the most powerful humectants in keeping skin moisturized and plumped. It is especially recommended for oily skin types, since it provides ample, lightweight hydration without a greasy feeling. Hyaluronic acid also encourages skin cell renewal and helps build collagen.


Sebum Optimizer Day Lotion

Perfect to keep oily skin hydrated while preventing redness and clogged pores.

Detox Skin Booster

A great option to treat congested skin, helping to fight blackheads and impurities. 


By selecting the right products for your skin type and concerns and incorporating acids into your skincare routine, you will be able to achieve a clearer, brighter complexion in no time.



1 Response


March 12, 2017

Very helpful article & guide—thank you!!

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