As this may sound a little dramatic, glycolic acid changed my skin. Alternating between salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, and using retinol at night (read more about retinol vs glycolic acid here). I was able to treat my adult acne by using glycolic acid. It helped with my acne scars and give my skin a glow.
So let’s talk about what glycolic acid really is. Glycolic acid is a type of alpha-Hydroxy-acid (AHA) and is derived from sugar cane. Of all the AHAs glycolic acid has the lowest molecular weight, which means it’s easier to penetrate your skin and is very effective. Glycolic acid helps shed dead skin cells revealing newer, brighter skin. It is even able to work underneath your skin at the dermis level to boost collagen. It minimizes the appearance of pores, firms skin, and also helps with fine lines and wrinkles.
It’s always best to start off slow as you should with any chemical exfoliant. If you start with a toner, you want to use it 2x a week with no other actives included in the routine. You can even start with a glycolic acid cleanser. Once you know your skin can tolerate glycolic acid I recommend trying a chemical peel in a professional’s office, once every couple of months.
Because glycolic acid is a powerful acid, you run the risk of skin irritation. If you have sensitive skin you will want to stick with lactic acid from the AHA family. Mandelic acid is also amazing for sensitive skin and for people of color.
The Ordinary – Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
- The OrdinaryUS$9.20
The price, the solution, and the effectiveness all add up to a five-star rating for this product. Use Apply to a cotton round and apply to skin. Avoid eyes and mouth area. The amazing thing about glycolic acid is that if it’s too much of a tingle for you to handle, it neutralizes immediately with water.
This review was taken from Cherie, credit to user @SoSonaSkincare