Glycolic acid

Ingredient Overview

Glycolic acid:

Glycolic acid is an organic ingredient in the alpha hydroxy acid family which is derived from sugar cane. This plant-based and water-soluble small molecule penetrates deeply into the skin and helps to encourage smooth and younger skin.

Glycolic acid has the ability to work anti-acne and a peeling ingredient. It acts as a type of chemical exfoliant and helps skin to loosen dead cells that can lead to acne. It also helps to boost collagen cells and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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Glycolic acid works to peel the skin and remove dead skin cells which prevents and reduces acne by getting into hair follicles and remove built-up sebum on the surface layer of the skin. It also by removing the rough texture of the skin smooth.

Another benefit of glycolic acid is it helps with lifting pigment from the skin and skin tone to fade old acne scars, age spots, and sun damage signs on the skin.
Glycolic acid also acts as a collagen production to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Directions of Use

You can add this ingredient to your skincare routine in different forms. Glycolic acid products make your skin sensitive to sunlight so the best time to use them is in the evening. You can apply it at night which gives enough time for it to work on your skin. But what is important is that to use sunscreen during the daylight with using glycolic acid. It can have a negative side effect on the skin and cause irritation and dryness for sensitive skin. So it recommended to check with your dermatologist before using it. 


Glycolic acid is one of the important skincare ingredients that can be found in form of exfoliators, creams, toners, cleansers, and serums. Here are some products on Beauty Buddy that contain glycolic acid. If you use a product that you love and find it great for your skin why not download the Beauty Buddy app and leave a review. We’d love to hear from you!

NIP+FAB Retinol Fix Tonic
The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane

There are plenty more reviews on these and other products in Beauty Buddy. 

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