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The Benefits of Glycolic Acid, according to a Dermatologist

In the realm of skincare, the pursuit of youthful, clear, and radiant skin is a shared goal for many. While the beauty industry offers a plethora of options, it's essential to understand the science behind these ingredients to make informed choices. Today, we delve into the remarkable benefits of Glycolic Acid (AHA) according to dermatologist Dr. B.

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Glycolic Acid vs. Retinoid: A Natural Alternative

Retinoid, renowned for its anti-aging and acne-clearing prowess, is often sought after. But what if I told you there's a natural alternative? Glycolic Acid, a member of the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) family, shines as a promising contender. Like Retinoid, Glycolic Acid operates similarly to Vitamin A, a vital building block for healthy skin.

Clinical Studies and Origins

Glycolic Acid, a clinically tested ingredient derived from natural cane sugar, boasts a remarkable 50-year history. Numerous clinical studies have validated its efficacy in enhancing skin health. 

Refining Skin's Surface

Over time, our skin's topmost layer can accumulate dead skin cells, resulting in a dull complexion. However, Glycolic Acid offers a solution. When applied daily, it facilitates the natural shedding of these surface cells, revealing a smoother and more radiant complexion underneath. 

Benefits of Glycolic Acid (AHA)

  1. Exfoliation: Glycolic acid can help gently but effectively exfoliate by allowing the “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 removes the dead skin cells that have collected there. Glycolic acid naturally dissolves away dead skin build up to reveal the appearance of a smoother, brighter-looking complexion. Dermatologist's Choice Glycolic Peel Pads are a highly recommended product to start with once a week. Start by applying the Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads once a week and adding a day as needed for faster and better results, your skin may need to adapt to the strong formulation at first as skin can get red and dry after application. Check the product directions for best results.

  2. Cleansing: A cleanser dermatologist formulated with glycolic acid like the Dermatologist's Choice pH Balanced Cleanser can break down dead skin cell buildup, leaving your skin looking fresh and vibrant. Incorporate it into your morning routine for enhanced radiance throughout the day or at night to remove makeup and clear away surface impurities. Consider washing your face with a cleanser formulated with glycolic acid at night to remove your makeup and to wash away excess oil, dirt and help slough off dead skin cells from your skin’s surface.

  3. Moisturizing: Some day and night creams formulated with glycolic acid offer moisturizing benefits while improving skin texture and tone. Plus, it's a workhorse for anti-aging and anti-acne benefits. We recommend starting with a mild concentration of glycolic found in the Facial Enhancement Cream by Dermatologist's Choice. 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 a moisturizer formulated with non-neutralized glycolic acid to clean skin morning and night.

Experience the Difference

To experience the benefits of Glycolic Acid (AHA) in your skincare routine, consider products from the Dermatologist's Choice Skincare collection. 

In conclusion, Glycolic Acid (AHA) stands as a clinically tested, natural alternative to Retinoid, offering a host of benefits for your skin. "As a dermatologist, we advocate for informed skincare choices backed by scientific evidence, and glycolic acid certainly earns its place in this pursuit of healthier, more radiant skin." says Dr. B.

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Facial Enhancement Cream daily moisturizer with active non-neutralized glycolic acid

Sensitive to oily skin types all love this rich, silky, and non-greasy daily moisturizer with a vital boost of mild non-neutralized glycolic acid for brighter, smoother, softer skin. 50 mL / 1.7 oz jar


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