What to do if you experience redness and dryness after using glycolic acid skincare products.

What to do if you experience redness and dryness after using glycolic acid skincare products.

Glycolic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that is derived from sugar cane and is commonly used in skincare products for its ability to exfoliate the skin and improve the appearance of various skin concerns. While non-neutralized glycolic acid can offer many benefits for the skin, it can also cause some side effects, such as redness and dryness. If you experience redness and dryness after using glycolic acid skincare products, here are some things you can try:

  1. Use a lower concentration: If you are using a product with a high concentration of glycolic acid and experiencing redness and dryness, it may be a good idea to switch to a product with a lower concentration. This can help your skin to gradually become accustomed to the product and reduce the risk of irritation. Dr. B. recommends going from the potent Ultra Anti-Aging Cream with non-neutralized glycolic to the milder Facial Enhancement Cream daily moisturizer+

  2. Use the product less frequently: If you are using glycolic acid skincare products daily and experiencing redness and dryness, it may be a good idea to use the product less frequently. You could try using the product every other day or a few times a week and gradually increase the frequency as your skin becomes more accustomed to the product. Glycolic acid is not harmful, don't be discourage if you do experience redness and dryness after the first, second, or third application. It takes time to adjust to the skin.

  3. Follow up with a moisturizer: After using glycolic acid skincare products, it's important to follow up with a moisturizer to help hydrate the skin. Using a moisturizer after applying glycolic acid will also help lessen the tingling/burning sensation. At Dermatologist's Choice we call this the Trustworthy Tingle. Look for a moisturizer that is formulated for your skin type and concerns and apply it immediately after using the glycolic acid product. We recommend the Major Moisture Duo set.

  4. Use a sunscreen during the day: Glycolic acid can make the skin more sensitive to the sun, so it's important to use a sunscreen during the day to protect your skin. Look for a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and make sure to apply it to all exposed areas of skin.

  5. Avoid using other exfoliants: It's a good idea to avoid using other exfoliants, such as scrubs or physical exfoliants, when using glycolic acid skincare products. This can help to reduce the risk of irritation and over-exfoliation.

  6. Consult with a dermatologist: If you are experiencing persistent redness and dryness after using glycolic acid skincare products, it's a good idea to consult with a dermatologist or other medical professional. You also have the option of contacting our helpful team at Dermatologist's Choice to assist you with your questions. Contact us by emailing help@dermchoice.com. They can help to determine the cause of your symptoms and recommend the best course of treatment.

In conclusion, redness and dryness are common side effects of using glycolic acid skincare products. If you experience these symptoms, it's a good idea to try using a lower concentration of glycolic acid, using the product less frequently, following up with a moisturizer, using a sunscreen during the day, avoiding other exfoliants, and consulting with a dermatologist. By following these tips, you can help to reduce the risk of irritation and improve the appearance and comfort of your skin.

To start with a mild less irritating glycolic acid skincare routine we recommend the Intro Set here.

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