G is or Glycolic Acid

 July 24, 2019

A group of trees in the middle of a field.Whether you are talking about a small blackhead or a big acne cyst, when looked at under a microscope on a skin biopsy, it all begins with dead cells getting plugged up in the pore.

Glycolic is an AHA, (short for alpha-hydroxy acid), referring to its chemical makeup, a must have for exfoliation and effectively removing the outermost layer of dead cells from the complexion. AHAs work by loosening the glue-like substance that holds dull and dead skin cells on the topmost layer of your skin. It also stimulates new cell generation, resulting in improved skin texture, tone and a brighter complexion. And because glycolic acid has the smallest molecular size of all the AHAs, it is the most bioavailable and active, allowing it to enter the skin easily. Aside from providing almost instant rejuvenation, glycolic acid has also been shown to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which means when implemented into your skincare regimen, glycolic acid can accelerate skin healing and reduce signs of environmental damage.

A group of different types of skin care products.How do you begin introducing your skin to Glycolic Acid? Well, there are many variations in which the chemical can be introduced, and each has different concentration levels of Glycolic Acid. Usually, face washes have anywhere between 5 to 8% in them, creams and some moisturizers have up to 15% and can be used daily. Home masks and peels have the highest level, some up to 30% and are recommended to be used once every other week. Along with the concentration of glycolic acid, look for products combined with pH levels. Some of the most effective glycolic products will have a lower pH, meaning they are more acidic.

A lot of people associate Glycolic Acid with chemical peels and immediately are hesitant in its use at home. The difference between at-home Glycolic products and professional grade Glycolic products are the depths of the glycolic acid. It all depends on the concentration of the acid used, the amount in which it is applied, and the time for which it is applied. Hence, it can be used as a chemical peel if the concentration is strong enough. So do not be afraid to introduce it into your skin care regime.

A bottle of the perfect cleanser on top of a table.The use of Glycolic Acid will make you more sensitive to sunlight. It is imperative that sunblock be used regularly. Sunblock should be used daily especially here in Southern California regardless of season.

If you want to start seeing improvements in your skin and get rid of pesky pimples, begin by using a Glycolic Acid product, whether it is a toner or cleanser. Once implemented into your skincare routine, it can truly change your skins appearance. If you suffer from rosacea or have extremely sensitive skin, a nice alternative to Glycolic acid is Azelaic acid. If in need of a new way to fight break outs visit Lea Advanced Skincare. There, Lea herself will be able to give you a custom acne treatment facial that includes glycolic acid at her beautiful spa located in the heart of Beverly Hills.

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