What Does Glycolic Acid Do For The Skin?

Glycolic Acid has become a trend in the skincare industry, like other buzzwords, Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol and Collagen. For many of us, Glycolic Acid is already one of our favorite safe-for-skin acids, with its glow-boosting benefits. Luckily, we have this AHA solution in several forms which include our peel pads, a toner, and a moisturizer.

  • Glycolic Acid is an exfoliant, that helps shed dead skin cells and instantly brightens the look of skin.
  • Glycolic Acid stimulates collagen minimizing appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Glycolic Acid is a chemical peel best for normal, combination, and oily skin types

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Glow to Go Glycolic Acid Peel Pads for $30

 

WHY GLYCOLIC ACID?

The natural beauty industry- ourselves included- swear by Glycolic Acid for standing the test of time as a remedy for refining skin texture, and exfoliating ingredient sourced from sugar cane that plays an important role in reducing age spots, acne scars and irregular pigmentation. Glycolic acid is a naturally occurring look illuminated and feel smooth. Glycolic acid is ideal for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Due to its smaller molecular size it penetrates more deeply into the layers of the skin, so you get the most benefits. For those with dry skin, it sheds dead skin cells off the top layer of the skin, to reveal newer, more supple skin beneath. For those with oily skin, it dissolves excess sebum, replenishes and balances, ultimately evening out and hydrating the skin.

 

GLYCOLIC ACID BENEFITS

Known for its ability to treat all skin types – acne, wrinkles dry skin, oily skin, etc. – Glycolic acid is abundantly beneficial for major problem areas. Other than its powerful ability to combat breakouts, glycolic acid also treats dullness, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, and more. This magical AHA acid is rich in nutritional ingredients that your skin absorbs while removing dead skin cells. After exfoliating with Glycolic Acid, your skin will absorb serums, oils, and treatments more effectively.

 

WHY USE GLYCOLIC ACID TONER?

Glycolic toner generally contains a higher amount of Glycolic acid, so if you’re looking to maximize your skin care regimen, consider adding one to your Spring routine. One of our favorite ways of incorporating Glycolic acid into our routines and achieving dramatic results is by using our Harmony Glycopolymer Solution. Applying the Harmony Glycopolymer Solution allows the skin to stay continually fresh, bright, and ready for summer. It is also blended with additional oils and extracts like Lavender Oil and Amino-Guanidine for additional radiance and wrinkle-filling effects.

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Harmony Glycopolymer Solution for $36

 

USING GLYCOLIC ACID TONER

Unlike a cleanser or wash, a glycolic toner is not washed off the face. Glycolic acid is one of the safest and mildest types of AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) meant to be applied in the evening only. We recommend alternating with our Gommage Exfoliating Gel for a mechanical exfoliant method to remove dead skin cells. Overall, if you’re looking to improve the look and feel of your skin, hide the signs of aging, acne discoloration or other spots, then a glycolic acid toner is definitely worth a look. And the golden rule? Always use an SPF, year-round, when you’re using acids on your skin (and even if you aren’t, remember what UVA and UVB rays do to your skin!) as they can increase your sensitivity to the sun.

 

GLYOLIC ACID FOR FACE

What does Glycolic Acid do for your face compared to other AHAs? While all AHAs are used for exfoliating the surface skin layer to help reveal regenerated skin, Glycolic Acid is known to be the most popular AHA with the best results. Glycolic Acid is especially special for its small molecular size which, as mentioned earlier, helps penetrate deeper below the uppermost layer of your skin cells. Deeper penetration and absorption of an AHA helps reveal smoother, fresher, and more youthful skin.

 

IS GLYCOLIC ACID GOOD FOR ACNE?

Glycolic Acid is beneficial for all skin types. But, does glycolic acid help with breakouts? YES! With its ability to disperse dead skin cells from each other, this amazing AHA clears out your pores allowing your skin to breathe. Not only will it treat acne, glycolic acid prevents the initial stage of oil build-up and helps unclog pores to prevent acne. Using a glycolic acid toner also helps lighten acne scars and hyperpigmentation. Thanks to nature, we are constantly shedding and regenerating skin cells. Glycolic acid toner helps this process more effectively by revealing fresh skin layers.  

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Glow to Go Glycolic Acid Peel Pads for $30
 

Is Glycolic Acid Okay For Oily Skin?

The root cause of acne is oil build-up. As mentioned earlier, glycolic acid helps clear the production of excess oil which prevents clogged pores. In fact, glycolic acid is most suitable for oily skin as its primary purpose is to remove the dirt, oil, and flakes from the top skin layer to make room for new skin cell growth. The Sonage Glycolic acid is formulated with ingredients naturally found in sugar cane. The resurfacing properties in this small molecule alpha hydroxy acid are very effective at exfoliating and help to remove excess oil from the skin without drying it out. This is also perfect for combination skin if you have an oily T-zone, forehead and nose.

 

IS GLYCOLIC ACID GOOD FOR DRY SKIN?

The long winter months bring with it dry, itchy, tight skin. Glycolic acid for your face is a powerful product which promotes collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid restoring your healthy moisturized skin. When the glycolic an acid is working, you should feel a slight tingling on your skin, and occasionally some temporary redness afterward, this is normal. Those of us with dry skin should start by using a lower strength glycolic acid two to three times a week, start off slowly and build up to a higher concentration to see how your skin reacts.

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 Harmony Glycopolymer Renewal Creme for $38

 

DOES GLYCOLIC ACID HELP WITH WRINKLES?

Glycolic Acid is a wrinkle fighting exfoliator that safely removes dead skin cells which reveals new youthful cells.  By consistently removing the top layer of dead skin cells, plump new cells can rise to the surface. Glycolic acid helps stimulate the growth of collagen, which is responsible for skin's elasticity in order to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. And an additional benefit is your expensive treatment products like peptides and serums can absorb more easily and deeper so you get the maximum benefit.