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Lactobionic Acid

Also-called-like-this: PHA
What-it-does: exfoliant, buffering


Lactobionic acid is the brother or maybe the sister of gluconolactone. Usually, it’s called a PHA, though some studies call it bionic acid or aldobionic acid. Not that this matters too much. What matters is that it’s similarly awesome to gluconolactone. So go read about gluconolactone to get the idea.

In a nutshell,  it’s a next generation AHA, with almost all the benefits and more and without the irritation. It gently lifts off dead skin cells and makes your skin smooth and even. It moisturizes and helps the skin barrier. Can be used on sensitive skin too or post cosmetic procedure.  In the long run, it has anti-aging benefits (though a tad less than AHAs), and it’s even an antioxidant.  

Must try, just like the other AHAs. 

Show me some proof

  • Cutis.,2004 Feb;73(2 Suppl):3-13., The use of polyhydroxy acids (PHAs) in photoaged skin.
  • Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Volume 4 (1) – Jan 1, 2005, After 30 years … the future of hydroxyacids
  • Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Volume 3 (2) – Apr 1, 2004, Alpha‐hydroxyacids and carboxylic acids

Products with Lactobionic Acid

MZ Skin Radiance & Renewal Instant Clarity Refining Mask Umoua Complex 3 Hydroxy Acids Serum Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Mask Geek & Gorgeous Calm Down 4% Pha + Bha Liquid Neostrata Bionic Face Serum 10 Bionic KARMAMEJU Deep / 'Pha' Peeling Mask 03 Lixir Night Switch Pha/Aha 10% Neostrata Bionic Face Cream Exuviance Vespera Bionic Serum Garden of Wisdom Pha Plus Serum Garden of Wisdom Pha Plus Serum Neostrata Bionic Lotion -15 Bionic/Pha Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex TIA'M Aura Milk Face Peeling Toner Ziaja Manuka Tree Face Toner Neostrata Foaming Glycolic Wash Zelens Pha+ Bio-Peel Resurfacing Facial Pads IOPE Urban Aging™ Corrector COSRX One Step Green Hero Calming Pad Neogen Real Cica Micellar Cleansing Foam Neostrata Daytime Protection Cream Spf 23 Ziaja Manuka Tree Cleansing Gel Neogen Dermalogy Real Cica Pad Neostrata Bionic Eye Cream Plus TIA'M AC Fighting AHA BHA PHA Toner African Botanics Buchu Botanical Enzyme Polish EXUVIANCE BY NEOSTRATA Sheer Daily Protector Spf 50 Neostrata Sheer Physical Protection Spf 50 Pa++++ Rilastil Hydrotenseur COSRX Hydrium Triple Hyaluronic Moisture Ampoule Some By Mi Aha/Bha/Pha 30 Days Miracle Toner Elemis Superfood Day Cream Some By Mi AHA, BHA, PHA 14 Days Super Miracle Spot All Kill Cream Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Milk Peel Some By Mi Aha, Bha, Pha 30 Days Miracle Serum Missha Super Aqua Skin Smooth Cleansing Gel Some By Mi Aha,Bha,Pha 30 Days Miracle Cleansing Bar Make P:rem Sleeping Pack Some By Mi Aha, Bha, Pha Tea Tree 30 Days Miracle Cream