In the field of cosmetics, it is common to use ingredients and active principles from nature to treat and fight skin problems.
The most commonly used in cosmetic formulations are acids, such as hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, ascorbic acid, citric acid, retinoic acid, mandelic acid…
Let’s take a look at the properties of glycolic acid today.
What is glycolic acid?
From natural origin, extracted from sugar cane, grapes or vegetables such as beetroot, glycolic acid is the best known and most powerful of the group of acids (AHA). The abbreviation AHA stands for alpha-hydroxy acid.
It is a low-molecular hydroxide, the main characteristic of which is its ability to penetrate quickly into the deepest layers of the skin.
Glycolic acid is versatile and can therefore be used for various skin problems.
Particularly appreciated for its exfoliating properties, glycolic acid removes dead skin cells and acts quickly in the upper layer of the epidermis that shows signs of deterioration, whether due to age, sun exposure, acne or other problems.
Regular use of glycolic acid helps to tighten pores and even out skin texture.
The result is that the skin surface looks much smoother and brighter.
It is important to remember that in adolescence, cells are renewed very quickly. However, as time goes by, the renewal of the epidermis slows down, so it is much less easy to remove dead cells.
This is where glycolic acid really comes into its own!
This alpha-hydroxy acid has multiple benefits in the field of skin care, including
- Reducing the depth of wrinkles, especially expression lines.
- Improves skin tone and texture.
- For mature skin with a thickened stratum corneum due to photoaging (overexposure to the sun’s rays), greater luminosity will be achieved.
- For skin with an atopic tendency, you will obtain a reduction in skin redness and a more even tone.
- For skin with acne scars or stretch marks, you will refine your skin so that, depending on the depth of the mark or scar, it may even disappear.
- Glycolic acid will produce a chemical, non-abrasive peel of the skin to gradually exfoliate the skin, removing accumulated dead skin cells, making the skin more even.
- Glycolic acid will control the production of sebum in acne-prone skin, reducing it and eliminating excess shine.
You now know the properties and benefits of glycolic acid, it is the active ingredient to target when you want to boost the radiance of your complexion, look good, but also treat acne, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles or scars.
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