What are the Features and Benefits of Glycolic (AHA)?

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Glycolic Acid (AHA) is a member of the alpha hydroxy acid family and the natural option for Retinoid which is an ingredient know for its anti-aging and acne-clearing results. What is retinoid you may ask? It works like Vitamin A, which is an important building block for healthy skin, making it an effective solution for acne and anti-aging treatments. Glycolic Acid specifically is a 50 year old clinically tested ingredient originating from natural cane sugar. For those who are making moves to natural skincare this is also an effective ingredient for you.

The good news is Glycolic acid can work well in many different kinds of formulas. It helps visibly refine the top, outer layer of your skin’s surface. With time, our skin cells can build atop your skin’s surface causing your skin to appear dull. However, with daily use of Glycolic or formulations with Glycolic, the skin should naturally shed dead surface skin cells to help smooth out the appearance of the top layer of your skin, revealing the look of an even, radiant complexion underneath. A natural glow is a look we can all get excited about. Below we are listing the features and benefits of Glycolic Acid (AHA).


Exfoliate- When applied to your skin, glycolic acid can help gently but efficiently exfoliate by allowing the chemical “sloughing off” of dead skin cells. Renewing the appearance of your skin is achieved when you apply a product formulated with an AHA to your skin’s surface layer; it can help remove some of the dead skin cells that have collected there. When formulated into a chemical exfoliant, glycolic acid can help naturally dissolve away that build up to reveal the appearance of a smoother, brighter-looking complexion. Typically, glycolic acid peel pads may be gentle enough to use on a daily basis. If trying it for the first time, start by applying formulations every other day, your skin may need to adapt to the strong formulation. Check the product directions for best results.


Cleanse- If dead skin cell build-up mixes with makeup, dirt and excess oil it can appear dull, dry and lackluster – and even become more prone to breakouts too. Glycolic acid can help break down that buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin so that it can appear fresh and bright. Unlocked skin cells can leave your skin looking renewed and clarified. When you wash your face with a cleanser formulated with glycolic acid, you can break away some surface buildup. Consider washing your face with a cleanser formulated with glycolic acid in the morning to ramp up the look of your skin’s radiance throughout the day, or at night after removing your makeup to help wash away excess oil, dirt and help slough off dead skin cells from your skin’s surface.


Moisturize- Some day and night creams that are formulated with glycolic acid can help moisturize the skin, and can also provide some anti-aging skin care benefits at the same time. The derivative of cane sugar, can help improve the look of your surface skin’s texture by dissolve dead surface cells that can make visible lines appear more noticeable. Glycolic acid can also help your skin maintain moisture–and when your skin is hydrated, visible fine lines and wrinkles can appear less noticeable. Apply your day or nighttime moisturizer formulated with glycolic acid to clean skin.


Try using a Glycolic Acid (AHA) formulated product like those in the Dermatologist’s Choice Skincare collection and let us know what you think. How do you like to incorporate the features of Glycolic Acid (AHA) in your daily beauty routine? Leave us a comment below.


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