Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid derived from sugar. You must have heard about other alpha-hydroxy acids like lactic acid and mandelic acid but glycolic acid is unique due to its smaller size. Keep reading to know how glycolic acid makes your skin glow.
Glycolic acid acts as exfoliator. It weakens the bond between dead cells and skin which helps the skin to shed its debris rapidly and as a result, skin looks fresh and glowing.
Due 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.
If you have mild to moderate acne, you can use it by avoiding your sensitive areas. In case of cystic acne consult your dermatologist before using glycolic acid as it can be too harsh on already inflamed skin. .
How to use it?
Glycolic acid is suitable for all types of skin. If you have sensitive or dry skin, Shapiro, a skin therapist at Heyday, suggested using it in the form of cleanser at a low concentration.
If your skin can tolerate it, Shapiro recommends using it in the form of peel once or twice a week. But don’t forget to apply sunblock while using glycolic acid as it can make your skin sensitive to sunlight.
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Dr. Iqra Mubashar is a registered Pharmacist originally from Pakistan, Lahore. 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 counselling and pharmaceutical care plans. Her research work on coronavirus is under publication.