Ingredient Breakdown: Glycolic Acid
By now, most skincare fanatics know that miracle, fix-it-all ingredients don't really exist. In fact, science shows a beauty routine that incorporates several high-powered ingredients is the best way to combat signs of aging, skin damage, and all those other fun things we deal with on a daily basis. But, how do you know which ingredients are worth the hype? We're making it easy! Welcome to our new series: Ingredient Breakdown. In this series, we'll give you the must-know info on both trending and mainstay ingredients. Today we're spotlighting glycolic acid.
The Ingredient: glycolic acid
Also known as: Alpha Hydroxy Acid
Quick take: exfoliator, anti-aging, clears blackheads, pore-minimizing
Claims to fame: Commonly known as the active ingredient in chemical peels, glycolic acid is effective because the molecules are super small. This means they can easily penetrate the skin to clear out impurities. This makes glycolic acid a super effective acne treatment by soothing both breakouts and acne scars. The exfoliating power of this ingredient will make skin brighter and healthier—and who doesn't want that?
Where to find it:
These peel pads from L'Oreal incorporate glycolic acid to gently exfoliate the skin and clear away dead cells. Use them daily for a glowing, renewed complexion!
This moisturizer promises to leave skin noticeably smooth while fighting lines and wrinkles.
At a steal, this cleanser foams gently to rid skin of dirt and oil, leaving it more radiant.
If your skin needs both moisture and restoration, try this gel. It will soothe sun-damaged skin (essential for the summer!) and beat fine lines and wrinkles without the oil or grease of may other lotions.
This Italian skincare product will reduce pore size, and send acne packing. This gentle formula is organic and loaded with natural extracts and oils.
Do you use glycolic acid? Tell us in the comments!