Glycolic acid is a type of Alpha Hydroxy Acid derived from sugar cane (it
can also be made synthetically). Due to its smaller molecular size, glycolic acid is more effective than other alpha hydroxy acids and can improve the look and feel of the skin, reducing the
appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
Glycolic acid works in a number of ways, primarily through its exfoliation properties. On application the glycolic acid penetrates the upper layer of the epidermis, weakening the
binding properties of the lipids that hold dead skin cells together. This action allows the layer of dead skin cells to dissolve revealing the underlying skin.
Glycolic acid is particularly
effective for skin rejuvenation because of the following unique properties:
Exfoliates by thoroughly removing the uneven, rough layer of dead skin cells, resulting in a more compact stratum corneum
Penetrates through the upper layer of skin to begin exfoliation from the bottom up, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Increases moisture retention by binding with water and pulling it through the stratum corneum, improving skin hydration and overall skin health
Reduces the amount of surface skin oil, which aids the removal of blackheads and other skin impurities and can help stimulate collagen production within the