Scared of Acids in Your Skin Routine? Don’t Be!

Malieh Hillman
By Malieh Hillman

Malieh is an accredited Non-Surgical Skin Specialist. She is a passionate UK aesthetic face and body therapist, tailoring her treatments to get natural results

Please buy this acid or lay here while I put acid on your face!! I agree this would scare anyone, even the most level-headed person, probably thinking “Will this burn my face off?” fortunately, the answer is no.

Acid is usually associated with some gruesome revenge attack or potent cleaning product. Still, fear not, the word acid or chemical peel is widely accepted. The fear of these words and the actual products that contain them is slowly being accepted thanks to skincare guru Caroline Hirons who changed the way I view skincare and probably a few of you too. 

Let's Educate – Our Skin Barrier Is Called the Acid Mantle!

Our skin has 3 main layers, the epidermis, dermis, and the subcutaneous layer.

The layer that sits on the top of all of this is our acid mantle also known as our skin barrier.

Basically, the subcutaneous layer is where our fat is, the dermis is where our hair is rooted and the upper layer is the epidermis which has 5 distinctive layers of its own.

What sits on the top of all of this is a thin layer known to us as our acid mantle. Our skin barrier is a watertight sheet that protects us from viruses, bacteria, and pollution, and most importantly, it's acidic. I know shocker right?!

So, if I was to say that we have acids naturally occurring in our skin you should feel less uneasy about acids.

Still not convinced?  

Instagram Poll

I did a recent poll on my Instagram where 41% said that they are too scared to try acids or higher strength skincare.

Upon delving deeper, I saw that the majority of those scared were older (I don’t know exact ages but I would say over 40’s) which led me to believe that it's the younger generation that is possibly far less scared to use acids.

(I guess social media has to be thanked!) 

Help and advice if you are worried of using acids for skincare
How does acids affect my skin health

Our Body Produces Hyaluronic Acid 

Yes, you heard me our body produces Hyaluronic Acid (HA) that magical ingredient that’s all the rage right now in the skincare world and honestly I say rightly so.

HA is a humectant a substance that can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water so beat it dry skin.

But seriously we naturally produce it and it's in our bodies and eyes and it retains water to keep us well lubricated and moist including our skin. 

Still not convinced? 

Did You Know Skincare Products From Boots Contain Acids?

I rest my case, most over-the-counter (OTC) products contain acids so unless you are buying homebrewed oils or magical water then you are most likely buying a product with an acid in it. 

You have to be convinced now... or hopefully, at least less scared!

Thanks to the author of this amazing blog, Malieh Hillman who is an accredited Non-Surgical Skin Specialist and owner of Malieh Skin. She is a passionate UK aesthetic face and body therapist, tailoring her treatments to get the natural results her clients deserve.

She specialises in collagen boosting and skin tightening treatments, as well as targeted skin concerns such as rosacea, fine lines and wrinkles.

To check out how Malieh can help you, call Malieh skin on 07463 325 332 or visit  

Thanks to the author

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