This Powerful Exfoliating Ingredient Brightens Skin and Fights Aging
Have complexion concerns? Glycolic acid to the rescue. It’s an extraordinary exfoliator that can help address a multitude of skincare issues, from spots to dullness to wrinkles. While it’s not the newest kid on the block, it remains a staple in all kinds of different skin-care products, no matter how many trendy new ingredients may come and go. There’s a good reason why. Yes, it works as many other acids do—dissolving dead, dry cells that sit on the surface of the skin and leave your complexion looking dull and lackluster. But it goes above and beyond the standard call of duty, delivering a host of other benefits as well. Here’s what you need to know before you add it to your beauty regimen.
What Is Glycolic Acid?
Glycolic acid belongs to a group of acids known as alpha-hydroxy acids (often referred to as AHAs) and is derived from sugarcane. So, what sets it apart from other AHAs commonly used in skincare? “Glycolic acid has a smaller molecular size than the others, which allows it to better penetrate the top layers of the skin,” explains dermatologist Tara Rao, M.D., of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City. Improved penetration means it can work more effectively. Couple that with the additional skincare benefits it offers (more on those in a minute) and it’s no surprise that glycolic acid is one of the most popular AHAs—and skincare ingredients in general—out there.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens – This Powerful Exfoliating Ingredient Brightens Skin and Fights Aging By, Melanie Rud