Is Acid a Dirty Word in Skin Treatment?

Acid Peels and Treatments are offered at many beauticians, but what does this mean? Are you like ITC and a bit wary when the word “acid” is mentioned, as it conjures up images of having half your face peeling off in a matter of hours!

We asked Zena from The Beautician to explain about Acids.

At The Beautician, we stock Sothys products which are rigorously researched, tested and developed at a dedicated world class R & D facility.



Here’s a rundown on how some of the common acids found in skin care products can help your skin:


Great for moisturising and penetrating deep into the layers of the skin, leaving a plump and dewy feel, as well as targeting wrinkles and fine lines. As it’s a naturally occurring acid in humans already (which decreases as you age), hyaluronic acid is easily absorbed by the skin by pulling moisture from the air and penetrating into the skin cells, and is often used in conjunction with vitamin C (ascorbic acid).

We recommended: Sothys Hydra 3HA Facial ($160 – 60 minutes), Hydra 3HA Hydrating serum, cream or gel-cream



Perfect for oily and acne prone skin, Salicylic acid combats pesky blemishes by dissolving the debris and dead skin that clogs pores.  It penetrates oil-laden hair follicle openings, and apart from helping with acne, can also help improve the texture and colour of sun-damaged skin.  Great for people with sallow skin or those with hyper-pigmentation tendencies (patches of darker skin).

We recommended: Salicylic Peel ($90 – 30 mins)



Glycolic and lactic acid are both AHAs  and work to provide deep exfoliation of the skin, while working to regenerate the skin’s collagen production. These products can help shrink enlarged pores, even the skin’s texture, smooth fine lines, and brighten sun spots. The skin is more sensitive to sun after application of AHAs, so wearing sun screen is recommended.

We recommended: Glysalic Peel ($90 – 30 mins) or Lactic Acid Peel ($90 – 30 mins)



Retinol is derived from vitamin A and is found in many over-the-counter anti-aging skin care products. Skin responds to retinol because vitamin A has a molecular structure that’s tiny enough to get into the lower layers of skin, where it finds collagen and elastin. Retinol is proven to improve mottled pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture, skin tone and color, and your skin’s hydration levels.

We recommended: Sothys Retinal Dermobooster alongside your regular night cream



Copper peptide is often referred to as the most effective skin regeneration product, even though it’s only been on the market since 1997. Studies have shown that copper peptide promotes collagen and elastin production, acts as an antioxidant, and promotes production of natural hyaluronic acid. Studies have also shown that copper-dependent enzymes increase the benefits of the body’s natural tissue-building processes. The substance helps to firm, smooth, and soften skin, doing it in less time than most other anti-aging skin care products. Clinical studies have found that copper peptides also remove damaged collagen and elastin from the skin and scar tissue because they activate the skin’s system responsible for those functions.

We recommended: Anti Ageing Treatment ($175 – 75 mins), Sothys Firming Youth Serum + Cream

Contact Details

Address:  Figtree Plaza Shop 4A 225 Burns Bay Road Lane Cove West
Phone:  02 9420 8880
Facebook: @thebeauticianlanecove
Email:  [email protected]

Plenty of parking is always available in the carpark, directly behind the salon. The carpark is located on Johnston Lane and can be entered from Beatrice Street.

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