Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from sugarcane, is a powerful exfoliant. It helps shed dead skin cells, revealing a smoother, brighter, and more youthful complexion. As the smallest AHA molecule, glycolic acid easily penetrates the skin, dissolving the glue that binds dead skin cells. This promotes cell turnover, unveiling a fresher, smoother, and brighter surface. Additionally, by stimulating collagen production, glycolic acid helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, promoting a firmer and more youthful look.

Best Used With:

For enhanced benefits and to minimize potential irritation, consider pairing glycolic acid with these ingredients:

  • Hyaluronic Acid: Glycolic acid can be slightly drying. Hyaluronic acid provides deep hydration, creating a plump and balanced appearance.
  • Soothing Ingredients: For sensitive skin, combine glycolic acid with calming ingredients like centella asiatica or allantoin to minimize irritation.
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher): Glycolic acid can increase sun sensitivity. Consistent sunscreen use is crucial to protect your newly revealed skin cells.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is glycolic acid suitable for all skin types?

While beneficial for many, glycolic acid can be irritating for sensitive skin. It's always best to do a patch test first.

What percentage of glycolic acid should I use?

Start with a lower concentration (around 5%) and gradually increase as tolerated. Consult a dermatologist for personalized recommendations.

How often can I use glycolic acid?

Frequency depends on your skin type and product strength. Begin with 1-2 times a week and increase gradually as tolerated.

Can I use glycolic acid with other exfoliants?

Avoid combining glycolic acid with other strong exfoliating ingredients like retinol or BHAs in the same routine. This can over-exfoliate and irritate your skin.

Will I see immediate results with glycolic acid?

Some improvements might be noticeable within a few weeks, but consistent use for 4-8 weeks is recommended for optimal results.