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.