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Lactic Acid

*Also Called: α-hydroxypropionic acid, 2-hydroxypropanoic acid

Cosmetic / Ingestion Purposes:

Skin Conditioning, Fragrance, Humectant, Ph Adjuster, Exfoliant, Buffering Agent

Ingredient Analysis

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Lactic Acid

What does it do? What is it used for? Read further to learn how Organna CBD uses this ingredient to compliment our product offerings.

in simple terms,

Lactic acid is an organic-based compound used to treat hyperpigmentation, age spots, and other factors that contribute to a dull and uneven complexion

How safe is 

Lactic Acid

Lactic Acid rated a 4 out of 10. This ingredient is considered moderate hazard. Organna CBD only uses All-Natural ingredients in the formulation of our products.

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Let's dive a little deeper...

Lactic acid is presumably one of the oldest actives. Women have noticed that it has some excellent uses for the skin. Many legends have it that Cleopatra bathed in sour milk in ancient Egypt. Yes, your assumptions are correct: sour milk is a primary natural source of lactic acid. 

As an AHA, lactic acid gently lifts away dead skin cells unveiling the more reinvigorated, silkier, and softer skin underneath. This fantastic property makes it the second most popular AHA among women. 

Lactic acid has larger molecules that penetrate the skin less efficiently than glycolic acid. Although the anti-aging properties of lactic acid are not as effective as those of glycolic acid, it is much more gentle on your skin. 

Studies show that lactic acid exhibits excellent anti-aging properties when used in the right concentration and properly balanced pH. However, its collagen-boosting abilities have not been confirmed. 

A 1996 study compared various levels of lactic acid concentration in skincare regiment and its effect on the outer and inner layers of the skin. Testing 5% and 12% lactic acid treatment over six weeks revealed that both treatments improved skin firmness and thickness and reduced the appearance of wrinkles. The results show that 5% of treatments affected the epidermis; the stronger solution affected both the outer and inner layers of skin. 

Lactic acid is often used in skin care products for its magical moisturizing properties. In fact, lactic acid is ideal for treating and moisturizing dry skin and is approved by the FDA as a prescription product called LacHydrin.

Lactic acid is a naturally occurring organic acid produced in the body during various metabolic processes, and it can also be found in certain foods. While often associated with muscle soreness, lactic acid can have several health benefits and applications.

Here are some of the potential health benefits of lactic acid:

Energy Production: Lactic acid is produced in muscles as a result of anaerobic metabolism, especially during intense physical activity when oxygen supply is insufficient. It serves as an alternative energy source, helping to sustain muscular activity when the body's primary energy source, glucose, is depleted. This can be beneficial for athletes and individuals engaging in short bursts of high-intensity exercise.

Skin Care: Lactic acid is used in skincare products, such as exfoliants and chemical peels, to improve the texture and appearance of the skin. It is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that gently exfoliates the skin's outer layer, promoting the shedding of dead skin cells. This can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, as well as improve overall skin tone and texture.

Wound Healing: Lactic acid can play a role in wound healing. It is produced by immune cells in response to infection or injury and helps regulate the body's inflammatory response. Lactic acid can also promote the growth of fibroblasts, which are essential for tissue repair.

Lactate Shuttle: Lactic acid is involved in what is known as the "lactate shuttle" in the body. It can be converted back into glucose and used as an energy source by other tissues, such as the heart and brain. This is particularly important during prolonged exercise when the body needs a continuous energy supply.

Gut Health: Some studies suggest that lactic acid, in the form of lactate, may play a role in maintaining a healthy gut microbiome. Lactic acid bacteria are a group of beneficial probiotics that produce lactic acid as a metabolic byproduct. These bacteria can contribute to the balance of gut flora and support digestion and overall gastrointestinal health.

pH Regulation: Lactic acid is involved in regulating the body's pH balance. It can help maintain the slightly acidic environment required for the normal functioning of various bodily systems, including the skin and the digestive tract.

Antimicrobial Properties: Lactic acid, along with other organic acids, has antimicrobial properties that help inhibit the growth of harmful microorganisms. This is why lactic acid bacteria are often used in food preservation, such as in the fermentation of sauerkraut, yogurt, and kimchi.

Bone Health: There is some evidence to suggest that lactic acid may have a role in promoting bone health. Lactic acid produced by osteoblasts, the cells responsible for bone formation, has been linked to the regulation of bone density.

It's important to note that while lactic acid offers these potential health benefits, it should be used in appropriate forms and concentrations. For skincare, professional products with lactic acid should be applied following proper guidelines to avoid skin irritation. Additionally, lactic acid supplements or treatments should be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional when considering specific health concerns.

As with any compound, individual responses can vary, so consulting with a healthcare provider or dermatologist is advisable when considering the use of lactic acid for specific health or skincare purposes.

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