Glycolic Acid Benefits

What is Glycolic Acid?

Glycolic Acid BenefitsGlycolic acid is an ingredient that is naturally derived from sugar canes. It is the smallest member of the Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) group. Because of its size, it can easily penetrate the skin and makes it more effective in treating acne, fine lines as well as oiliness of the skin. Glycolic acid is used in different skin care products like chemical peels, cleansers, toners and creams.

Glycolic acid works at the top layer of the epidermis. It softens the substances that hold the dead skin cells together thus making it a great exfoliator. You can find different concentrations of Glycolic acid in various products. Most of the over the counter products have low concentrations ranging from 0.6 to 3 percent while plastic surgeons and dermatologists use higher concentrations of 30 to 70 percent.

What are the benefits of using products with Glycolic Acid?

  • It can evenly exfoliate the skin by removing the unwanted dead skin cells.
  • Glycolic acid is excellent in clearing up clogged pores and blackheads.
  • It makes it a good acne treatment since it can unclog pores by softening and dissolving the excess oil and dead skin cells which causes acne.
  • It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by assisting in removing the dead skin cells and making the healthier new skin visible.
  • Glycolic acid helps maintain the pores thus reducing the appearance of enlarged pores.
  • It helps clear blemishes thus having a more even skin tone.

Glycolic acid is excellent for people with oily and acne prone skin. However, it can also be used by people who want to even out blemishes as well as maintain their fine pores.

Since Glycolic acid is an active substance, improper use can cause skin damage. Make sure that you use milder concentration to avoid skin irritation. If you wish to use a higher concentration make sure to consult your skin specialist. For those who have sensitive skin, a lower concentration is advisable.

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