You may have heard that glycolic acid helps in many skin problems. But
What Is Glycolic Acid?
Glycolic acid is derivative of sugarcane and a part of AHA ( alpha hydroxy acid). AHA works on the skin by loosening the glue-like substance which holds dull and dead skin cells.
It also stimulates new cell generation resulting into brighter and healtheir looking skin. And because glycolic has smallest molecular size in the AHA family it penetrates deeper into the skin.
But that’s not the end of its benefits. Glycolic also stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. It also reduces early signs of ageing and fine lines.
Dermatologist have started using this glycolic peels in their treatment, because its molecules are small and penetrate the skin easily.
Some dermatologist has also proven that glycolic acid improves skin issues like blackheads, hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris etc.
Benefits Of Glycolic Acid
- Glycolic is a holy grail for exfoliation, it effectively removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells. It improves complexion and revealing brighter and fresher look.
- Products that contain glycolic-acid are used often to treat fine lines, wrinkles and signs of ageing. If you suffer from dull skin then look for glycolic acid based face washes or exfoliators.
- It can transfer water molecules from the air into the skin tissues.
A Note Of Caution
- Stay away from DIY and home peels unless you have relevant knowledge about how much your needs. Or most of the time don’t go for it, its always better to consult your dermatologist.
- Wearing sunscreen is always essential but it’s even more important when you use AHA’s like glycolic on your skin. Because they make your skin even more susceptible to sunburn.
- You should use glycolic-acid in the evening, not in the morning. This gives it time to work on your skin during a period when you don’t need to wear sunscreen.
- If you have sensitive skin then start up with a lower concentration and slowly increase it.
- Always consult your dermatologist regarding your skin and peels. Do not ever try any home peels.
Natural Sources Of Glycolic
If you are worrying to use glycolic-acid directly on to your skin. But you want an intake of this acid. Then as I mentioned above that glycolic is a derivative of sugarcane. Sugarcane juice naturally contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid.
Other sources include beets, pineapple, apple and all kind of citrus foods.
Peels done in a dermatologist’s clinic are often a quick and effective way to rejuvenate your skin. Dermatologist use 30 to 40 % of glycolic-acid concentrate on your skin. And this acid need to stay on your face for about 30 to 40 minutes.
You’ll feel a tingling se
While glycolic-acid based products contain less than 10% of the concentrate. However, if you have major skin problems then it’s always better to consult your dermatologist for the peels.
Either the people with less skin issue can grab glycolic-acid based products like face wash, toners, serums, creams and etc.