Education, Physical Health, Wellness / Self-Care

Succinic acid: the Acne-fighting Skincare ingredient

Also great as an anti-aging agent.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Jul 25, 2021

Warm weather both makes us smile and breakout, often at the same time. Which means, we are forever on the hunt for good acne treatments, creams, and ingredients. Currently, we have our eyes on succinic acid, the acne hero ingredient created to save the day.


What is succinic acid?

Succinic, the buzzy skincare ingredient, is an anti-inflammatory compound that provides soothing and anti-aging properties, while taking in moisture.


What are the skin benefits?

Made with amber or sugar cane, succinic acid has many benefits. For starters, it prevents the icky growth of bacteria and fungi that are often the root cause of acne. In addition, it hydrates the skin by contributing excess sebum (read: oil) production on the skin — perfect for those with oily or acne-prone skin. When paired with hyaluronic acid, the benefits are even more enhanced.


It is a great agent for anti-aging as it wards off free radicals by promoting skin rejuvenation, increasing firmness and elasticity.


But the biggest benefit to using skincare products with succinic acid is the impact it leaves on deep, inflammatory, cystic acne — as well as individuals with eczema and psoriasis. When applied, the acid helps calm skin and promotes wound healing — alleviating visible symptoms and discomfort.


How do you use succinic acid?

Although the hero vehicle has no known side effects, we recommend patch testing on your inner arm before applying to your face for the first time. Most succinic acid users apply the ingredient daily and see improvements in their acne quickly.


If you’re interested in more hero ingredients, check out chebula — another fan favorite must have.