Glycolic Acid: everything you need to know
While we could sit here all day exploring the wonderful world of glycolic acid, in this particular article we’re only going to be covering the basics. So, if you’d like to know more about the ins and outs of glycolic check out this blog.
Glycolic Acid (AHA) is an alpha-hydroxy acid naturally found in sugarcane and certain fruits. Since alpha-hydroxy acids are water-soluble, this means they dissolve best when paired with water.
What we love most about glycolic acid is its molecular shape. While this seems like a strange thing to rave about, the small size of the molecules allows them to pass the skin barrier with ease and penetrate the layers of your skin.
The reason why glycolic acid makes the ideal ingredient for cleansers, the way it reacts with dead skin cells. Once it touches the skin, it begins to dissolve the dead skin cells sitting on the epidermis (the outer layers of your skin).
Removing these dead cells uncovers a brighter, youthful, and more radiant-looking appearance. You’ll also find your face feeling extra soft after a cleanse.
Other benefits when using glycolic acid versus salicylic acid include:
- Reduces hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and acne marks
- Reduces the appearance of aging - fine lines and wrinkles
- Tightens the skin
- Brightens the complexion
- Manages acne breakouts by reducing inflammation, irritation, and swelling