Glycolic acid; chemical formula C₂H₄O₃, is the smallest α-hydroxy acid. This colorless, odorless, and hygroscopic crystalline solid is highly soluble in water. It is used in various skin-care products. Glycolic acid is found in some sugar-crops. A glycolate or glycollate is a salt or ester of glycolic acid.
In general, glycolic acid is a very safe and effective skincare ingredient. To keep your skin safe, though, there are a few things to know before using glycolic acid. First and foremost, you must wear sunscreen whenever you are using glycolic acid treatments.
Foods that contain Glycolic acid are berries, cherries, grapes, papayas, pineapples, cantaloupes, apples, lemons, Glycolic acid can be isolated from natural sources, such as sugarcane and sugar beets.
What does glycolic acid do for your skin?
First and foremost, glycolic acid is an exfoliant. It helps shed dead skin cells and reveal the newer, brighter layers underneath by acting on the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of skin). Normal, intact stratum corneum consists of tightly packed layers of dead skin cells that are tightly bonded together. Glycolic acid loosens these bonds.
Glycolic acid is so small, it can get deeper into your skin too, where it does some serious work. Glycolic acid stimulates fibroblasts in the dermis to produce increased amounts of collagen. By stimulating collagen production, it helps skin feel firmer and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles.
Anew Clinical Extra Strength Retexturizing Peel
Avon’s most concentrated peel is an at-home, professional-grade treatment that helps to retexturize and resurface skin in one easy step. Reveal your radiance and see results superior to a 35% pro glycolic peel.* 30 pads. Each, 2” diam.
• Reveals a fresher, smoother look
• Improves texture
• Evens skin tone
• Minimizes the appearance of sun spots, fine lines and post-acne marks
• Contains Glycolic Acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA)
• Oil-free, fragrance-free, phthalate-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, petroleum-free
• Dermatologist-tested and allergy-tested
Every other day, AM or PM, smooth the textured side of the pad over a cleansed, dry face.
SUNBURN ALERT: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterward.
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