Turn Back the Clock with Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid has become a forerunner in the fight against wrinkles, and has been going strong since its introduction to the skin care market more than ten years ago. And with good reason. This powerful acid, derived from sugar cane, loosens up the glue that holds dead skin cells together. The effect is to exfoliate those cells, leaving smoother, younger skin in its stead. The depth of wrinkles is diminished, noticeably, and darkly pigmented areas become lightened. There is some evidence that this alpha hydroxy acid also functions as an antioxidant, meaning it protects skin from future aging.
Another positive feature of glycolic acid is that by removing dead skin cells, it helps to unblock pores. For those who have oily skin, this usually translates into fewer breakouts, a welcomed bonus.
The tricky thing about glycolics is that it is hard to tell how strong a formula is. Some companies aren't straight about the percentages, and tiny amounts of glycolic won't give you results you can see.
Our Glycolic Gel formula is a 15% glycolic acid solution, totally oil-free, in a clear gel. Unless you have very oily skin, it is a good idea to apply this under a moisturizer, because Glycolic, especially in this kind of strength, is known for drying skin slightly. Of course, that is why it is so popular among oily-skinned and anti-agers alike.
Using a cleanser, toner and gel all containing glycolic acid does increase the benefits each has to offer, as they work synergistically together.
Incidentally, these are very strong products, and are not recommended for skin that is easily irritated. Use of these products may cause mild irritation; if irritation becomes severe, discontinue use.
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