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Before implementing a new ingredient into your skincare routine, you may be wanting to answer: what does glycolic acid do for skin? Glycolic acid works to remove dead skin cell's from the surface of your skin and help promote healthy skin cell turnover. By doing so, clogged pores are cleared out and skin's complexion and texture is restored. Glycolic acid serums, cleansers, toners and creams are ideal for those with acne and blemish-prone skin.

Glycolic Acid
(3 products)
(3 products)

Blemish + Age Defense

Salicylic acid acne serum

Old price New price $ 112.00

LHA Toner

Glycolic Acid Toner

Old price New price $ 53.00

Clarifying Clay Masque

Clay face mask for oily skin

Old price New price $ 65.00

What Is Glycolic Acid?

Derived from sugar cane, glycolic acid is an exfoliant, an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), which is lauded as the gold standard for glowing skin. With exfoliating properties which penetrate the skin deeply and easily, glycolic acid eliminates dead skin cell buildup. Glycolic acid benefits include the stimulation of new cell generation and collagen creation, resulting in improved skin texture, tone, and a brighter complexion. Commonly used for anti-aging and acne skincare, it is safe and effective for acne-prone, oily, combination and aging skin types, and glycolic acid does not thin skin.

What Does Glycolic Acid Do?

Glycolic acid is a common ingredient used to treat acne, hyperpigmentation and aging. It stimulates collagen production, producing firmer, smoother, more youthful-looking skin. This exfoliant removes dead skin cells, preparing the skin and allowing for better absorption of other active ingredients. Benefits of glycolic acid include reducing the appearance of acne scars, age spots or sun damage, brightening and evening overall skin tone. Results from glycolic acid usage before and after may vary.

How to Use Glycolic Acid

Most effective when layered, glycolic acid is available in different forms, such as glycolic acid cleansers, glycolic acid toners and glycolic acid serums. Regular use of glycolic acid for skin can be beneficial, but with any exfoliant, it is best to gradually increase usage. Pair this with SkinCeuticals Glycolic Brightening Renewal overnight, a corrective cream, and a broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen such as SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 to complete your skincare routine.

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