Glycolic Acid: Why It’s Your Skincare Exfoliant Holy Grail
When it comes to acids and peels, you might conjure up a frightening image of the scene in Sex and the City where Samantha gets an averse, red-faced reaction from her chemical peel just days before Carrie’s book launch party. But, when used correctly, your skin will not actually peel off with a peel. The hero of these acids is glycolic: an exfoliating staple that can be found in many beauty products, from cleansers to masks and moisturizers. Glycolic acid is gentle for most skin types, and it is considered safer and less abrasive than scrubs (which can cause tiny lacerations on your skin when used carelessly or too often).
Q: What are the main uses of glycolic acid? Where can you use it?
“It is often used to even out pigment, skin tone, blur fine lines, and combat aging. By exfoliating and stimulating collagen production, it helps to address these concerns on your face and sun exposed areas. It is also helpful for follicular disorders, like keratosis pilaris or ‘chicken skin’ on the arms and legs,” says board-certified dermatologist Michele Farber, M.D., F.A.A.D., of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York.
Source: The Sunday Edit – Glycolic Acid: Why It’s Your Skincare Exfoliant Holy Grail By, Christa Lee