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Glycolic Acid

Our database includes 1,631 products that contain Glycolic Acid.

Explained

Glycolic Acid is arguably the most famous AHA with a ton of research to back up its benefits.

Its main role is to remove the top layer of dead skin cells, allowing newer skin cells to emerge.

Specifically, AHAs work by breaking down the structural "glue" holding the old skin cells in place. Getting rid of the old skin cells allows skin to regenerate newer skin cells in its place. A build up of dead skin cells can lead to tired and dull looking skin.

Due to this, glycolic acid helps with:

  • removing dark spots
  • smoothing out texture
  • creating an even skin tone
  • boost collagen production
  • remove rough patches on skin
  • improve the look of fine-lines and sun damage
  • increase hydration
  • treat acne

Fun fact: Glycolic acid increases skin hydration by playing a role in creating molecules that create hyaluronic acid naturally.

When starting glycolic Acid, it is normal to feel slight stinging.

The pH value and concentration of glycolic acid play a role in the effectiveness of the product. Concentrations between 5-20% glycolic acid have been shown to be effective in clinical studies.

Recent studies have shown Glycolic Acid may protect the skin against UV damage. However, you should always wear SPF, especially when using exfoliants.

Read more about some other popular AHA's here:

You should know

What it is

AHA

Benefits

Good for Oily Skin
Brightening
Texture
Large Pores
Anti-Aging
Dark Spots
Scar Healing

Concerns

Irritation
Rosacea
Community Rating
Loved

What it does

Buffering Buffering ingredients help stabilise or adjust the ph level of a product.

Prevalence

Uncommon Percentage of products that contain it
3.1%
Top categories
Cleansers
Treatments
Moisturizers
Position Predominant list placement
Top 25%
Concentration Concentrations we've seen
0% to 70%

References

CosIng Data

CosIng ID 34147
INCI Name GLYCOLIC ACID
EC #  201-180-5
All Functions Buffering