What Is Glycolic Acid?
Glycolic acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that's widely used for anti-aging, hyperpigmentation, dryness, and acne. Derived from sugarcane, glycolic acid is also a humectant meaning it has the chemical ability to draw moisture to itself. This means glycolic acid draws moisture to your newly exfoliated skin which, when used correctly, not only hydrates dry skin but also prevents new fine lines and wrinkles. Glycolic acid can also thicken skin by stimulating collagen growth.
How often should we use Glycolic Acid?
Suggested to use 1-2% containing glycolic acid face wash or ointments daily. ... If you do not face any skin reaction or irritation and want quick results, you can use 10% glycolic acid products 5 days a week. You can leave it on your face overnight and let it absorb into your skin. Wash it out the next day with water. Facial Exfoliating Peel Pads come fully saturated with a solution containing 35% of pure Glycolic Acid. These pads exfoliate the skin and reduce scars, bumps, lines, and wrinkles, leaving the skin feeling softer and smoother. Use it once a day on your Face and Neck.
AHAs (glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, mandelic acid) and BHAs (salicylic acid): You can start seeing results within minutes of the first application, but peak results, such as anti-aging effects, do not appear until 12 weeks.
Glycolic acid isn't for everyone. Some people have reactions to glycolic acid that can include symptoms such as swelling, itching, and burning sensations. Those with dry or sensitive skin types may find glycolic acid is too irritating for their skin.
Additionally, Glycolic acid has antibacterial and antioxidant activity, which can also help improve your skin's appearance when you have acne, and always wear sunscreen when using this ingredient as it makes your skin more sensitive to UV rays.