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Glycolic Acid

Glycolic Acid

What is Glycolic Acid and why does it work so well?

Glycolic acid is part of the group of active compounds known as AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids). Derived from cane sugar:

It has the smallest molecules in the group so is able to penetrate skin deeply and easily, making it the most effective for treating fine lines, acne, blackheads, dullness, oiliness etc

Chemical peels use a high percentage of this acid and can be very effective if done safely and properly.

An even better way to use it is with a lower percentage on a consistent basis like our Glycolic Daily Exfoliator 7.5% – as this gives the same results as heavier peels but in a much safer, easier way (and often gives better results as the consistent application makes them cumulative).

How Does It Work?

Glycolic acid works like tiny ‘pacmen’ eating away at the glue between cells:

It reacts with the top layer of skin, breaking it down by dissolving sebum and other substances that bind cells together

Dead skin cells are sloughed off revealing smoother, brighter, younger looking skin (more benefits below)

Products range in percentage of concentration and pH levels. A product with pure glycolic acid in a lower concentration is much more effective than another which includes it along with other ingredients (for example in a moisturizer)

Get the full benefits from a focused glycolic acid product, and let your moisturizer do it’s proper job!

How to Use Glycolic Acid

Now that you know how glycolic acid works, the next step is to find a way to make glycolic acid work for you. Of course, nothing beats a visit to your dermatologist or esthetician’s office for a series of professional peels, but maintenance at home is crucial!

The Benefits of Glycolic Acid

You’ll find Glycolic Acid in many chemical peels due to high percentages being very effective for skin treatments (if done safely and properly!). Its even safe enough to use on sensitive skins.

Glycolic Acid can be used in our daily skincare products, without causing any irritation. This is particularly popular with Glycolic Acid for the face, facial washes and cleansers, bringing along rejuvenating benefits from your first step of your cleansing routine

Derived from plants – such as sugar cane, pineapple and sugar beets- its botanical properties help to treat skin conditions such as Psoriasis, Melasma and Seborrheic keratosis

Glycolic Acid is the holy grail for exfoliation, effectively removing the outermost layer of dead cells from the complexion, revealing brighter, fresher skin.

Products that contain Glycolic Acid are used often to treat scarring, skin discoloration and signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles. If you suffer from dull, pigmented or aging skin, look to invest in a once a week exfoliating treatment or an at-home peel product infused with Glycolic Acid.

It can transfer water molecules from the air into the skin tissue, replenishing any lost moisture. This makes it an effective ingredient in moisturizers when used at low strengths.

What is glycolic acid?

Glycolic acid is an exfoliant in the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) group that's found naturally in plants like sugar cane, beets, and pineapple. It has the smallest molecule of the acid group, which means your skin can absorb it quickly—making it produce the most visible results in less time than other AHAs.

Glycolic Acid Skin Benefits

Glycolic acid is an exfoliator, which means that it safely removes the outer layer of dead skin cells.

In this way, it helps accelerate your skin's renewal process, bringing fresh, new skin to the surface on a regular basis when used routinely. This can help your skin look younger and dewier, with a glow that arises from increased circulation and faster cell turnover.

It's much more than anti-aging product, though; glycolic acid also helps lighten discolorations such as sun and age spots.

It can even help skin that's prone to blackheads, whiteheads, and acne by keeping pores clear of old skin that tends to clog them and cause problems.

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