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Glycolic acid is an exfoliant and one of the most popular alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) used in skincare products today. It works by helping to remove dead skin cells, so that the skin becomes more radiant. Glycolic acid is the smallest of all AHAs. Its small molecular size is the reason that glycolic acid does not only work on the surface of the skin but is also able to get below the surface of the skin and into the pores for deeper impact on the skin.

What does glycolic acid do for your skin?

Glycolic acid exfoliates and is able to stimulate the skin into increasing collagen production. But wait, there’s more!. Not only will your fine lines and wrinkles fade, but dullness and hyperpigmentation are also no match for the power of this powerful, cosmeceutical AHA. And, if you are looking for another incentive, glycolic acid is also able to effectively treat breakouts and minimise their frequency.

Is cosmeceutical glycolic acid for me?

Glycolic acid works best for skin that is normal, oily or combination. If you have sensitive or dry skin types it is likely that you could experience irritation, depending on the concentration of glycolic acid in the product.
How should I use glycolic acid in my routine?

Know your skin. If you have sensitive skin that is prone to irritation, then a cleanser that contains glycolic acid is probably the best and gentlest way to introduce glycolic acid in your skincare routine. Once your skin has adjusted or if your skin is not prone to irritation, then a leave-on product such as serum or toner should work out just fine.

Adore Beauty has a wide selection of cosmeceutical products with this effective AHA. Browse our collection and get started today.

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Recent reviews on Glycolic Acid products

SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense Serum
SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense Serum

not a fan

I am an avid user of skinceuticals and swear by many of their serums but this one did nothing for me. I tried it at varying times in my skin's cycle, pre-breakout, during and post, along with regularly on uneven areas and noticed no changes. Not worth the price when there are similar products for a quarter of the cost.
Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser 12%
Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser 12%

Deep clean

I have combo skin and have found that this cleanser works really well on cleansing all the remaining sunscreen and makeup left in my pores at the end of the day. The formula feels gentle and not overpowering.
asap daily facial cleanser 200ml
asap daily facial cleanser 200ml

Daily cleanser - without drying

I've just finished this bottle which has lasted around 6 months. The cleanser is great on my combo skin as it doesn't dry me out or leave me still oily. I use it in the evenings and have had good results.