Magic word – Exfoliation… Acid exfoliation is not magic, but it works real magic. Moreover, it’s totally addictive and we want to explain why. If you are still using scrubs, it’s time to switch up and give acid exfoliants a try :). We understand that acid exfoliants can be a little scary and intimidating. But we encourage you to let go of your fears and just do it! They can help to rid of dead cells (clogged pores!), hydrate skin, stimulate collagen production, and the list goes on! Sounds pretty impressive? So, let’s start our love story with Glycolic Acid.
# Glycolic Acid – Everything you need to know.
Glycolic acid belongs to the alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) family, and it is a superstar among the acids. It’s time-tested, and it provides the easiest way to improve skin texture without irritation. Moreover, it’s the most common AHA peel, and there is a good reason why! There is loads of diverse research that support its unbeatable reputation!
Psst! Even TeenVogue is hooked for life with glycolic acid (read more here). We are too!
# What’s so good?
Glycolic acid has the smallest molecular weight in the AHAs family. Which means it penetrates skin more easily and deeply. It helps remove the “glue” that holds older skin cells on the surface that can cause dull looking skin, and yes, clogged pores. Glycolic acid allows a way for the new cells to show without making our skin red or peel off.
Glycolic acid has been used to target various skin concerns such as acne-prone, aging and/or sun damaged skin for a long time. It’s an oily skin saver and glowing skin assurance. Anyone with blackheads (non-inflammatory acne type!) can benefit from glycolic acid too.
# Clear Skin Army & Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid is great for acne-prone skin because it doesn’t cause irritation or dryness. Many products for oily and/or acne-prone skin target overproduction of sebum (the oily or waxy matter on our skin). The more we try to dry out our skin, the more sebum our skin creates, and the worse it gets. That’s why acid exfoliation is so effective. It helps to keep our pores under control and it boosts moisture at the same time. We use 7% exfoliant every day on clean and dry face, and yes, we get lots of compliments from friends and strangers on our glowing and healthy looking skin ;).
Caution: The depth of the glycolic acid exfoliation depends on the concentration of the acid used. The higher the concentration and the lower the pH, the more intense the effect will be. Never ever use a professional peel for professional use only at home! If you want quicker results, visit your dermatologist and trust the professionals.