The Benefits of Glycolic Acid

    The Benefits of Glycolic Acid


    Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that's widely used for anti-aging, hyperpigmentation, dryness, and acne. Considered the golden standard of AHAs, glycolic acid’s keratolytic properties exfoliate dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, and this exfoliation reduces existing fine lines and wrinkles, fades hyperpigmentation, and clears acne. 

    1. Reduces Fine Lines and Wrinkles

    Glycolic acid reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by deeply exfoliating the top layer of skin. This exfoliation accelerates skin cell renewal, and accelerated skin cell renewal both increases collagen production as well as the skin's natural ability to retain hydration (two keys to preventing and reducing fine lines and wrinkles).

    2. Hydrates Dry Skin

    Glycolic acid not only exfoliates, but also hydrates dry skin. Categorized as a humectant, glycolic acid chemically attracts water molecules to itself. This means glycolic acid can replenish the skin with new, yummy moisture. 

    3. Brightens and Smooths Complexion

    The holy grail of exfoliation, glycolic acid's little molecules go deep beneath your skin's surface and break down bonds between dead skin cells. Glycolic acid brings out your fresh, baby skin that's brighter, smoother, and softer.

    4. Fades Hyperpigmentation

    Glycolic acid fades mild hyperpigmentation like dark spots, age spots, freckles, and melasma. Additionally, glycolic acid has been studied as effective treatment of acne scars. 

    5. Fights Acne

    Glycolic acid fights acne by exfoliating dead skin cells that often clog pores and trigger breakouts. Glycolic acid is a keratolytic meaning it has the ability to break apart dead skin cells on the skin's surface and open any clogged pores.


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