Lactic Acid – Good or Bad

Lactic Acid is one of those words that you hear athletes and health conscious people throw around a lot. But, do you know what it is or does? No, well that is what you will learn about here.

What is Lactic Acid?

Lactic Acid is found in milk, yogurt, and muscle after an intense workout, but what is it? It is an organic compound that is produced within the body every time the muscle is in use. Lactic Acid is a natural biological waste product that is produced within the muscle cells when the body turns carbohydrates into energy; the body usually flushes out excess Lactic Acid through the blood stream and lymphatic system. However when there is an abundance of Lactic Acid built up in the muscle tissue it can cause severe muscle cramps due to impeding the natural movements of the muscle and the body’s ability to flush out waste byproducts. Hydration, movement, and massage are the best ways to remove and avoid Lactic Acid build-up within the body.

The Benefits of Lactic Acid

Lactic Acid is a key component in the body’s ability to refuel itself. Although in excess this compound can be part of the cause of muscle soreness, it is also vital to muscle movement in general.

In addition to being one of the main components in the body’s fueling system, Lactic

Acid is also great for your skin. Many homemade facials and facial scrubs use milk or yogurt as a main ingredient due to their Lactic Acid content’s exfoliating abilities. When used on the skin Lactic Acid combats acne, wrinkles, and subtle signs of aging.

How to use Lactic Acid on the Skin

The most accessible and convenient form of Lactic Acid is probably already sitting in your refrigerator; milk. By mixing milk with other ingredients such as gelatin, rolled oats, or lemon juice you can create your own customized skin cleansers, blackhead peel strips, and facials that are both organic and created to your skins needs.

Milk Facial Scrub Options

  • Moisturizing Scrub – Combining 1 tsp of milk with 1 tsp of honey and 1 Tbsp of ground almonds creates a great all natural face scrub that moisturizes dehydrated skin. The one thing you will want to keep in mind when using this scrub is your skin type. If you have oily skin use skim milk, for normal or combination skin 2% milk is best, and for dry skin use cream.

  • Light Exfoliation and Moisturizing – Combine 2 tsp mashed banana with 2 tsp rolled oats, 1 tsp milk (keeping in mind the skin type notes above), and 1 tsp honey. This recipe can be used either as a scrub or a mask.
  • Deep Cleansing Scrub – You will want to use a moisturizer after this face scrub to avoid dryness. Mix 2 Tblsp gram flour with 1 Tblsp milk and a few drips of honey. Massage this mixture into pours in an upward motion avoiding the eye area and then rinse thoroughly.

Lactic Acid is one of Mother Nature’s little beauty secrets that will keep your skin looking fresh, clean, and young if used properly and regularly.