By Sunday Times Beauty Editor Sarah Jossel (Shown on ‘This Morning’ ITV  12:06 – 8 Mar 2019).

These days you can barely talk about skincare for five minutes without acids being mentioned. Hyaluronic, glycolic, salicylic – it feels like there’s an infinite number of different acids for your skin and it can feel hard to know which you should use.

Hard working exfoliators much better than gritty skin scrubs as many of them damage the skin.

If using an acid you must start using a SPF. You should be doing it anyway but skin becomes a little bit more sensitive to sun after using acids.

Salicylic acid – one such acid is ‘BHA oil’ which is soluble and can really get into the pores, great for blemish prone acne prone skin. Unblocks pores so brilliant for blackheads.

If you are not sure about using acids it is a good idea to start with a cleanser containing acid as you will wash it off.  You can use every night, leave it on for 3 minutes, massage it in like a wash and it very softly acts on dry cells.

Salicylic acid – ‘Some of the products are tingly’

Paula’s Choice 2% ‘BHA ‘ is a leave on lotion. Put it onto a pad and put it where you get where you get dryness and under the skin bumps.  Blemishes on your chest or on your back this is a brilliant body spray.  Murad Clarifying Spray is great product. Use it when you jump out of the shower this unclogs any blemishes,

Lactic Acid is great for dry and dehydrated skin as it is hydrating and exfoliating at the same time. ‘Inkey List Lactic Acid’ you put on a pad at night (it is a serum). You leave it on. Once you have cleansed your skin put a few little drops on a pad and put it onto your skin.

With any acid start slow once a week and build up.

‘Alex Steinherr Primark Pollution Solution Dual Texture Exfoliating Pads’ -acid peel pads ­- They are great if you are on the go as they are ready for you to use. Start slow and build up.

Then use your moisturiser.

Glycolic acid –It is the smallest molecule so it really will penetrate the skin so start slowly with this but when you really get going it’s the key to a bright glowing complexion. So if your skin is dull get going with this. ‘Alpha-H Liquid Gold’ pop it onto a pad your weekly treat. Twice a weekly after your cleanser put it on leave it settle then put moisturiser as it breaks down the dead skin cells. A new way to think about exfoliators by ‘B. Revealed Glycolic Cleanser’ and if you are nervous you can just wash it off.

Read very carefully about the product and how to use them.  Start very slowly 2 drops put it on your skin see how it goes. Eventually you may be able to use it every day if your skin can tolerate it.

Azelaic acid

The Ordinary Azaelic Acid has had less press but brilliant for post acne scarring uneven skin tone. You use the same principle use your cleanser put the acid on then the moisturiser

Ones quoted here are the ones everyone is raving about.

Hyaluronic acid

Vichy mineral 89 hyaluronic acid. This is the ultimate in skin hydration holds onto the moisturiser. Apply and then moisturise afterwards.

Acid products featured by Sarah

Salicylic acid

Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish cleansing wash

Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Lotion

Murad Clarifying Body Spray

Lactic acid

Inkey List Lactic Acid

Alex Steinherr Primark Pollution Solution Dual Texture Exfoliating Pads

Glycolic acid

Alpha-H Liquid Gold

  1. Revealed Glycolic Cleanser

Azelaic acid

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid

Hyaluronic acid

Vichy Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Face