Elina Fedotova writes about the skin clearing benefits of Fulvic Acid in the July, 2018 DERMASCOPE Magazine.
Fulvic acid is not yet widely known or used in the skin care industry, but it is one of the most effective and healing ingredients available.
With a gentle pH of 3.2, fulvic acid can be taken internally. It can also serve as an acid peel, while healing and energizing the skin. A fulvic acid peel can simultaneously deliver mild exfoliation and reduce redness. Various concentrations of fulvic acid can be used and liquid fulvic acid can also be applied to the skin undiluted.
Fulvic acid is a component of humic substances, which are formed naturally during the decay of plants. Do not mistake fulvic acid for folic acid, which is a synthetic form of vitamin B.
Fulvic acid appears to assist in every stage of cellular rejuvenation. It helps to neutralize toxins and transport nutrients to skin cells. By improving cellular metabolism, fulvic acid can reduce inflammation and diminish wrinkles. After a single application, it also helps brighten, tone, and rejuvenate the skin.
Because fulvic acid improves the general health and resilience of the skin, it is beneficial for every complexion type and can be incorporated into daily skin care regimens and used year round. Since it is anti-inammatory, antiviral, and antimicrobial, it has the ability to address multiple issues, including acne and rosacea. Fulvic acid is a powerful antioxidant, so it is helpful for sun-damaged and aging complexions, as well. Its natural electrolyte content helps to energize and restore the skin.
Fulvic acid comes in a liquid form, also known as fulvic minerals. It can also be found in a more concentrated powder form. Both liquid and powdered forms of fulvic acid can be mixed together to achieve a stronger liquid solution for the skin. This can be used in place of an acid or enzyme peel.
Because it has a skin-friendly pH, it does not need to be neutralized. It can simply be removed with water. The best way to use it is by itself.
Fulvic acid is considered appropriate for sensitive, acne-prone complexions. Most acne cases are related to an overgrowth of pathogens on the skin. The antimicrobial properties of fulvic acid help to reduce inammation, while providing a supportive environment for beneficial bacteria (probiotics) to help normalize and balance the skin microbiome, which is essential for healthy skin.
When clients use a skin mist with fulvic acid directly on their skin, they often notice an immediate reduction of redness and itching. Therefore, professionals can suggest that those with acne-prone complexions mist their skin during the day – after strenuous exercise, stressful situations, or when they nd themselves in unsanitary environments – to prevent future outbreaks.
Formulations with fulvic acid work well, even if sprayed over a natural foundation or makeup powder made from powdered sea pearls and zinc oxide. However, it will not work properly if used over conventional foundations made from synthetic ingredients
Fulvic acid can also be a wonderful solution for clients with rosacea. It helps to naturally calm and reduce the inflammation of blood vessels in the skin. Like any acid, it can create temporary photosensitivity, so recommend sunscreen to clients.
CORRECTIVE FULVIC ACID FACIAL
The following is a corrective fulvic acid facial that is adjustable for different complexions.
1. Steam and cleanse the skin using a botanical, sulfate-free cleanser.
2. Gently vacuum the face to reduce oil deposits. Be sure to use the vacuum device in the direction of lymph ow.
3. Apply a powdered form of fulvic acid mixed with fulvic acid liquid minerals.
4. Proceed with LED treatment for three minutes over the face. For acne-prone complexions, use blue light; for aging complexions, use red; for hyperpigmentation and skin discolorations, use green or yellow. Photons help to enhance the penetration and activity of fulvic acid on the skin. For acne-prone complexions, it may also be beneficial to use a high frequency Darsonval device to help heal and purify the skin with ozone (O3).
5. Over the fulvic acid solution, layer a mask for the client’s skin type. For example, for aging or sun-damaged skin, use a mask containing antioxidants and proteins; for acne and rosacea-prone complexions, use anti-inammatory herbs like burdock root, yarrow, and calendula.
6. To deliver the mask deeper into the skin, use galvanic or ultrasonic devices over the mask. Remember to consult the contraindication information that comes with the device. Do not use the device on clients who are pregnant, have pacemakers, and so forth.
7. Apply herbal compresses made from a water infusion of camomile, calendula, and dandelion root. Through the compresses, massage the face over acupressure points.
8. Gently remove the mask with herbal compresses.
9. Mist the face with a formulation that contains liquid fulvic acid.
10. Continue the facial with the application of organic skin care serums and moisturizers appropriate to the client’s complexion.
11. Complete the procedure with an application of a physical sunscreen containing zinc oxide.
By understanding the benets of fulvic acid and accurately assessing the condition of a client’s skin, gentle treatments can be applied and added to any skin care regimen.