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It wasn’t until I arrived in Tucson did I realize how important glycolic acid is for your skin. Have you heard of glycolic acid? Does anything that ends with the word acid scare you? We can understand if it does, but in this case, it’s an ingredient that shouldn’t scare you one bit!
Glycolic acid is a natural ingredient that is derived from sugar cane, but for the most part it’s made synthetically. It technically falls into the molecule family of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s). There are 5 main AHA’s, which include: glycolic acid (sugar cane) lactic acid (milk), citric acid (oranges and lemons), malic acid (apples and pears) & tartaric acid (good old grapes). Glycolic is the most common alpha hydroxy acid & is often known to be the safest.
Glycolic acid simply exfoliates the skin! It has the smallest molecules in the group from above which is why it’s so successful at penetrating skin deeply and efficiently to help treat fine lines, acne, blackheads, dark spots, dullness, oiliness, plus so much more! And how does it work? It reacts with the top layer of skin, breaking it down and dissolving substances that binds cells together. Dead skin cells flake off, revealing younger, smoother looking skin. (I love when things can be explained so easily! Not just for me to type, but most importantly for you to be able to understand)
Because it is an acid… it’s best to use sparingly but regularly – if that makes any sense. If overused, it can cause redness, irritating and some dryness. You will also be VERY sensitive to the skin because it’s technically exposing your new skin even more.
Let’s review some tips & tricks
- Don’t mistake the highest percentage for the best effects – just because a product includes a higher percentage glycolic acid count, doesn’t mean it’s better for you.
- Don’t attempt a peel of any kind at home – leave that for the pro’s
- Glycolic acid comes in many different forms, including: cleansers, serums, moisturizers, eye creams & facial peels
- Combining glycolic products is okay to do, as long as you know your skin and work up to the full amount
- If you have sensitive skin, you will want to work up to the full recommended amount
- Glycolic acid peels are often called ‘lunchtime peels’
- We actually saw a lot of DIY ‘glycolic acid masks’…. just avoid!
- I recommend you go to your skincare docs and obtain a great glycolic product from them – that’s what I did – This way, I know it’s safe & effective for my skin type
PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION – We LOVE Visao’s Glycol Restor 20X – it contains 15% glycolic acid along with 5% lactic acid.
(image provided by VisaoMD)
If you’re interested in smoother, clearer skin, give glycolic acid a shot! Questions? Reply in the comments section below.