There’s a new buzzword on the skincare scene that has beauty buffs aflutter with excitement- succinic acid. For those always on the look out for hardworking ingredients that promise to boost glow, plump, firm and smooth, this gentle exfoliator is definitely one to add to the beauty wish-list. 

Naturally found in amber or sugar cane, succinic acid is antibacterial, controls sebum production, helps to prevent the breakdown of collagen, restores the skin’s natural pH balance, and has impressive antioxidant properties which means it also effectively defends skin against external aggressors and those pesky free radicals. Is there nothing this superstar acid can’t do?

Succinic acid has a gentle peeling effect to exfoliate the skin, unclog pores, shrink blemishes and blackheads, and reduce redness and irritation, which makes it the ideal alternative to the more aggressive AHA and BHA exfoliants for those with sensitive skin. This new wonderkid on the block is meant to be combined with your favourite serums and moisturisers to boost your current routine and effectively fight acne and aging in one fell swoop.

To sum it up: whether you suffer from congested skin, bouts of hormonal acne, the odd spot here and there, or the dreaded maskne, if this magic blemish banisher isn’t in your basket on your next virtual shopping spree, then you’re seriously missing out.

The Inkey List Succinic Acid Blemish Treatment

This targeted treatment from UK affordable skincare brand The Inkey List is designed to reduce inflammation and clear spots fast. The formula contains 2% succinic acid that immediately works on active breakouts but also includes healing sulphur and hydrating hyaluronic acid, as well as salicylic acid to gently slough dead cells and shrink blemishes and blackheads. 

Zelens Z Hyaluron Serum Drops

No wonder this doctor-led brand is an industry favourite. Time after time, its products hit the ball out of the park when it comes to visible results. This quick-absorbing serum delivers an immediate burst of hydration thanks to three different kinds of hyaluronic acid, as well as succinic acid to improve texture and redness. For those looking to fade and plump those fine lines, this one’s great for long-term use.

Perricone MD Blemish Relief

If you prefer a lightweight lotion, this super smooth formula glides onto skin providing nourishing moisture and gently gets rid of blemish-causing bacteria along the way. Lactic and succinic acids exfoliate and control inflammation for a clearer, healthier complexion.

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