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Glycolic Acid-A Pretty Magical Ingredient for Clearer Skin

Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxyl acid derived from sugar. You have heard other alpha-hydroxy acids like lactic acid and mandelic acid but glycolic acid is unique due to its smaller size. Keep reading to know about this magical intendant-glycolic acid.

Glycolic acid acts as exfoliator. It weakens the bond between dead cells and skin resulting in shedding of debris from the skin which makes skin glowing and charming. Glycolic Acid-A Pretty Magical Ingredient for Clearer SkinDue to its smaller size, it penetrates to the deeper layer of skin and prevents accumulation of blackheads which could lead to acne. It also stimulates the collagen production by penetrating to the dermis which makes skin luminous and vibrant.

If you have mild to moderate acne, you can use it by avoiding sensitive areas but, you are dealing with cystic acne, consult your dermatologist before using glycolic acidas it  can be too harsh for such skin types. 

How to use it?

Glycolic acid is suitable for all types of skin. If you have sensitive or dry skin, Shapiro, askin therapist at Heyday, suggested using it in the form of cleanser at lower concentration.

If your skin can tolerate it, Shapiro recommends using it in the form of peel once or twice a week. Don’t forget to apply sunblock while using glycolic acid. It can make your skin sensitive to sunlight.

Also Read: What Does Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids Do to Your Skin?

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About the Author: Dr. Iqra Mubashar is a registered Pharmacist originally from Lahore, Pakistan. She has earned her pharmacy degree from the University of veterinary and animal sciences, Lahore. She has completed her internship as a trainee from Children hospital, Lahore. She has completed her research work in clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutics. She has worked as a healthcare documentation head in Al-Qasim enterprises, Islamabad. She has specialized in prescription handling, drugs information, literature research, patient counseling, and pharmaceutical care planning. Her research work on coronavirus is under publication.

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