Glycolic Acid - What it does, and best uses

All About Acids

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are a group of natural and synthetic ingredients that when properly formulated, aid in the reduction of wrinkles and improve the overall look and feel of the skin. If you are looking for a product to provide anti-aging benefits, consider using a product with AHAs. Glycolic Acid is one of the most well-known AHAs often used in many of our favorite No Animals products. 

Glycolic Acid 

Glycolic Acid is the mightiest of all the AHAs, and it’s also the smallest. Which is cute. The molecules are so small, glycolic acid is more easily absorbed deep beneath the skin’s outer layer. Working deeper beneath the skin allows glycolic acid to help weaken the connection between skin cells, leading to better skin exfoliation than other AHAs. Not only does glycolic acid help spur exfoliation, it also has been proven to stimulate collagen production. And, that boost of collagen production helps reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and enlarged pores. 

Glycolic Acid Highlights

  • Fights against environmental skin damage (sun damage)
  • Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
  • Removes dead skin cells
  • Fights acne
  • Evens skin tone
  • Safe for new mothers (pregnancy & breastfeeding stages)

How To Use Glycolic Acid?

Glycolic acid is found in an array of products such as, cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers, and acid peels. There are typically limited side effects from over-the-counter glycolic acid, but for those with dry or sensitive skin it can be irritating and cause redness. As with any new skincare routine, it is best to start small and allow your skin to become accustomed to new products or formulas. Try using a glycolic acid based product just two or three times per week to start. If you do not experience any irritation or redness, try to slowly build up an additional day per week until you are able to use it every day. If you experience any irritation scale back your use to help build up a tolerance. If you are looking for a professional glycolic acid peel, it is best to consult with a dermatologist to see what is best for you. 

Listen To Your Skin

As you begin to play with your skincare routine, remember to listen to your skin.  As you expand your routine to include other products such as retinols or AHAs that may cause irritation, build up slowly and test on skin areas. If you have any questions or concerns about any new skincare products or regimens it’s always recommended to consult with a Dermatologist.