By Shammi Mondal
If you’ve been thinking about breaking into the world of chemical exfoliants, we’d like to introduce you to glycolic acid. The skin brightening active not only reduces dark spots and hyperpigmentation, but also tackles breakouts, wrinkles while smoothening your skin’s texture, the multi-tasking ingredient pretty much does it all, phew! Before you add this active in your cart, it is important you do a bit of homework and know the best way to use it.
What is glycolic acid?
Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) which is derived from sugar cane. It belongs to a group of acids that includes lactic acid (obtained from sour milk, reportedly favoured by Cleopatra), tartaric acid (found in grapes), and citric acid (sourced from citrus fruits).
However, glycolic acid possesses unique characteristics. Among the AHAs, glycolic acid has the simplest anatomy and the smallest molecular structure which makes it easier to penetrates through the different layers of your skin.
How does glycolic acid work?
Glycolic acid loosens the bonds between dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and aids in the shedding of dead skin cells, promoting cellular turnover. This helps in clearing he surface and revealing fresher, smoother skin underneath. With its small molecular size, glycolic acid penetrate the skin effectively, making it an effective skincare ingredient.