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The Ultimate Guide to Using Glycolic Acid for Maximum Benefits.

Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that is commonly used in skincare products to exfoliate the skin, unclog pores, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. To maximize the benefits of glycolic acid, follow these steps:

  1. Cleanse your skin: Start by cleansing your skin thoroughly to remove any dirt, oil, or makeup. We suggest the pH Balanced Cleanser.

  2. Patch test: Before using glycolic acid for the first time, do a patch test to make sure you don’t have an adverse reaction. Apply a small amount of the product to the inside of your wrist or behind your ear and wait 24 hours to see if there is any redness or irritation. Keep in mind however, Glycolic does cause some dryness and redness, especially if you've never used non-neutralized glycolic acid before. So while you need to be safe, don't be alarmed if you experience some redness and dryness at first when applying glycolic acid. Apply some moisturizer and usually in 24 hours the skin has adjusted to the glycolic and it's possible to reapply glycolic acid to your skin. Learn more about the Trustworthy Tingle here.

  3. Start slowly: If you have never used glycolic acid before, start with a low concentration product like the Facial Enhancement Cream and use it only once or twice a week. Gradually increase the frequency as your skin becomes more tolerant.

  4. Apply to clean skin: Glycolic acid is more effective when applied to clean skin. After cleansing, remove any excess make-up or oil from the skin's surface with a toner or cleansing pad and then apply the product.

  5. Use sun protection: Glycolic acid can increase sun sensitivity, so it’s important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day.

  6. Be consistent: To see the best results from glycolic acid, use it consistently as part of your skincare routine. "Glycolic acid is a real product, one I use in my office everyday. It provides real anti-aging and acne results. Using it consistently even if you experience some dryness and redness is key. Your skin will build up a tolerance to the acid for best results." say Dr. Bottiglione.

  7. Moisturize: After using glycolic acid, be sure to moisturize your skin to help hydrate and protect it. Using a moisturizer helps to reduce any redness or dryness and calm any tingling sensation. 

Remember, glycolic acid can be harsh for some skin types and may cause redness, dryness, and peeling, so it's important to be cautious and listen to your skin. Glycolic Acid also is the gold standard in skincare, Dermatologists and patients love the anti-aging and anti-acne benefits it provides. Staying consistent and using glycolic regularly will help with achieving optimal skin health and wellness. 

If you have any further questions on how to use glycolic acid email us!

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