5 benefits of glycolic acid

Benefits of glycolic acid

Glycolic acid has long been renowned as the superhero ingredient in skincare for its ability to reveal radiant, glowing skin.

Glycolic acid separates the connections between skin cells, known as keratinocytes, in the outer layers of skin without rough, mechanical exfoliation techniques. It is therefore recommended for all skin types and can be formulated to treat different skin concerns.

Read on if you’re wondering what glycolic acid can do for dermis.

Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) and is derived from sugarcane. AHAs and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) are both exfoliants but AHAs are water-soluble acids and work best on the surface of the skin so new, more evenly pigmentated skin cells are generated, clearing your complexion. BHAs are oil-soluble and can penetrate deeper into the pores to remove dead skin cells and excess sebum, so are fantastic for oily and acne-prone skin.

Glycolic acid benefit #1: reduces wrinkles

Glycolic acid’s small molecule size means it can deeply penetrate the epidermis and improve the appearance of fine lines by boosting collagen production and promoting skin cell renewal.

Glycolic acid benefit #2: fades dark spots & pigmentation

As we get older, pigmentary changes in the skin present as patches of discolouration or age spots. Glycolic acid exfoliates darker skin cells and encourage new skin cells to emerge, fading hyperpigmentation.

Glycolic acid benefit #3: fights acne

As dead skin cells are sloughed off, pores become unclogged and breakouts are less likely to occur. As well as reducing active acne inflammations, it can also help to reduce previous acne scarring.

Glycolic acid benefit #4: boosts hydration

It is clinically proven to increase skin hydration. As a humectant it draws moisture into the upper layer of the skin, plus it helps the skin produce hyaluronic acid which boosts the skin’s ability to stay hydrated.

Glycolic acid benefit #5: allows deeper penetration

Glycolic acid’s exfoliating process allows other skincare ingredients to penetrate deeper into the dermis.

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