Shown to be effective for treating skin problems, glycolic acid
products are very popular these days. These products come in a range of formulations, such as skin moisturizers
and lotions, skin exfoliators, anti-aging creams and soaps, and facial cleansers.
So, what is glycolic acid? It belongs to the group of
chemicals labeled fruit acids, or alpha-hydroxy acids, which are known for their beneficial effects to the skin. It is extracted
from sugar cane and, being both natural and organic, it has been considered one of the best treatments for the skin.
the beneficial effects of glycolic acid when used to treat acne and other skin conditions are unarguable and proven, the details
as to how it works are still being studied. Based on studies, here the beneficial effects of glycolic acid are as follows...
- Skin appearance is improved through the elimination of fine lines and wrinkles.
- It permeates into the skin
to help improve the proper flow of blood, which makes skin looks fresh.
- Skin moisture is increased by 300% when it
is applied twice daily for over a period of three weeks.
- When used in combination with skin bleaching agents, it
gives skin a lighter tone.
- It has been proven to treat acne and, when it is combined with salicylic acid, it is more
effective than acne products containing 10% benzoyl peroxide.
- It much more effective than other regular lotions and
gels for treating sun damaged skin.
When the glycolic acid content of beauty products
is too little, there may well not be any noticeable effects. On the other hand, too much of it will result in skin damage.
High concentrations of glycolic acid are even used for rust removal and degreasing. Concentrations of more than 70% can be
extremely damaging. In fact, the government considers products with concentrations of above 10% to be 'hazardous'.
acid based, manufacturers of products with glycolic acid recognize that the glycolic acid content of their products must be
neutralized; otherwise, it will irritate the skin. Therefore, glycolic acid treatments have to be performed by dermatologists
when the treatment involves 10%- 20% concentration of the substance.
Even So, proven to be really effective in improving
the skin when applied in the right amount, glycolic acid products have now firmly established themselves