During my 16 years as an esthetician I’ve seen amazing results with glycolics and so I created glycolic products that were versatile. Here are some facts about glycolic acid in skincare:
- Glycolic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid derived from sugar cane that exfoliates the sticky, glue-like layer from the surface that contains dead skin cells.
- It is the smallest molecule out of all the AHA's and gets deep down into the hair follicles to loosen any built-up sebum and proteins that could lead to blackheads and acne break outs.
- As we age, our skin cells don't shed as fast, leaving our skin looking dull. Exfoliating the dead skin cells with glycolic acid can help skin to look brighter.
- Exfoliation can help fade old acne scars, age spots, sun damage or melasma that is stored in the dead cell layer.
- Has plenty of anti-aging benefits.
- Exfoliating properties will help your skin get better absorption of other product ingredients. Some skincare lines use glycolic as a transferring agent to help the skin absorb active ingredients.
- It's great for almost every skin type, even pre-teens.
How often should you use glycolic serum?
Use SkinPro Holly 10% Glycolic Serum as much as your skin can tolerate it. Start incorporating it into your routine a few times a week, and if you’re seeing desired results, keep it up with that same frequency. If you want to have increased benefits, you can probably start to use it every night. Glycolic is less drying than Salicylic acid but it is still oil-soluble and may be a bit drying for very dry, or mature skin. You must use a hydrating moisturizer to balance out the Ph level.
*A slight tingling is normal. Using any exfoliating products can make your skin photo-sensitive and you should use SPF on a daily basis or discontinue use if you will be exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time.