Updated: Jun 28, 2021
Glycolic acid is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid (or AHA) that's derived from sugar cane. Of all the AHAs, glycolic is the simplest in structure and the smallest; it has the lowest molecular weight. That means it's easy for glycolic acid to penetrate your skin and be super effective. Once below the surface, glycolic acid stimulates fibroblasts in the dermis to produce increased amounts of collagen.
Above all else, glycolic acid is an exfoliant. What does that mean? It helps dissolve the bonds that hold skin cells together, allowing dead skin cells to slough off more rapidly than they would on their own. As we age, our skin exfoliates slower so exfoliating the skin with a little help from glycolic acid reveals newer skin, which becomes more even-toned and radiant.
Tips on Using Glycolic Acid
Allow your skin to acclimate to glycolic acid. If you are using an OTC product, start off by applying it just three times per week for a week or so. If your skin isn't red or irritated, try using it four times a week for a week or two.
Continue slowly building up this way until you're able to use it every day. If at any point your skin becomes irritated, scale back use for a period of time and try again. Using low concentrations of glycolic acid over long periods of time creates a cumulative effect.
You MUST wear sunscreen whenever you are using glycolic acid treatments. Like all alpha-hydroxy acids, glycolic acid can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. You don't want to undo all the good your glycolic acid is doing, and you definitely don't want to end up with a nasty sunburn. Wear SPF of at least 30, please.
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