Have you ever heard of succinic acid? Even if you consider yourself a bit of a beauty buff, you’d be forgiven for answering no. While terms like lactic, salicylic and glycolic acid have already made their way into our everyday vocabulary (and routines), succinic acid has been something of a lesser-known skincare hero – until now.
Affordable brand The Inkey List has just launched its new Succinic Acid Blemish Treatment, a targeted treatment designed to reduce inflammation and clear spots fast, which is shining a spotlight firmly on this hero ingredient. The genius of the 2% succinic acid is that while it works its magic on active breakouts, it also has a gentle exfoliating effect, which helps to unclog pores and helping skin to stay clear going forward, offering a double whammy of complexion-balancing benefits.
‘Succinic acid has been in European medical circles for a while and we predict we will start to see this ingredient more and more within the beauty industry – the same way tranexamic acid appeared onto the scene,’ says The Inkey List’s co-founder Mark Curry.
‘It’s naturally found in amber, where it’s antimicrobial properties have been used for centuries in therapeutics, however recently, studies have shone a light on its amazing properties eg skin reconditioning and antioxidant properties, that could make this an ingredient generalist, right up there with the likes of retinol and vitamin C.’
‘At the moment its mainly found in super-premium brands, so we feel ready to unleash it to the masses.’
The Inkey List has combined its dose of succinic with other acne-fighting, oil-reducing powerhouses (2% Sulfur and 1% Salicylic Acid) to maximise its effectiveness, plus hyaluronic to ensure skin remains hydrated, rather than stripped and dry.
In fact, the product is gentle enough for everyday use and can be applied to blemishes up to three times a day. At a time when our skin is battling the effects of stress, harsh winter weather and, of course, regular face mask wear, succinic acid might just be the holy grail we’ve been waiting for – and for just £6.99, we can actually afford it, too.