What are you wearing?|Glycolic Acid


What is it?

–Apart of the AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids)
–Derived from Sugar Cane
–Excellent exfoliator
— Colorless
— Odorless
— Crystalline Structure
— Highly soluble in water

What does it do?

I should probably start this section by stating that products with a lower concentration of glycolic acid is much more effective than another which includes other ingredients. A very important thing to note is that the structure of glycolic acid is what makes it so effective. Simply put the molecules of this structure are small thus allowing it to penetrate the skin deeper and easier. This is why you will find glycolic acid in things that treat fine lines, acne blackheads, dullness and oilness.

It reacts with the top layer of our epidermis (skin)  by breaking down and dissolving the sebum (body natural oil) that binds the cells together. By getting through this upper layer it removes the layer of dead skin cells which helps clear up blocked pores and blackheads. More importantly those who suffer from cystic acne because it will breakup the blockages. It is essentially removing a layer of skin those increasing cell turnover and reduces fine lines and signs of premature aging.

Glycolic acid is also very hygroscopic and that means that it attracts and holds water molecules from air. In products like your moisturizer you will see glycolic acid because it essentially transfers the water molecules from the air into skin tissue thus in fact replenishing lost moisture.

Side Effects

Since glycolic acid is an active ingredient so you have to be very careful. If you have never used glycolic acid or if you up the concentration you were using, then your skin may have to go through an adjustment period. Too much of anything is bad but in this case, it can cause redness, irritations and in severe cases frosting. Despite making me think about cake, it causes your skin to be flaky crusting of skin that develops as a protection reaction and if you are not careful this will make you skin worse. If you do experience that massive flaking then do not pick it because it will cause hyperpigmentation and scarring.

When using glycolic acid you have to also realize you cannot use other things with it. Your skin will be sensitive since you are essentially taking the outer layer off so treat your skin like sensitive skin. Using vitamin A, AHAs, Accutane, or other meds can cause reaction but you can use Retinol as long as you are careful with concentrations and stuff. Also if you start using products like this you should be using sunscreen because your skin will be more sensitive to sun rays (even though it is always wise to wear anyway).

Other Names

Hydroacetic Acid

2-Hydroxyethanoic Acid

Dicarbonous Acid

Hydroxyacetic Acid


Most products you will find in a store do not have a concentration higher than 10% and that is with good reason. That is considered an extremely high concentration and in fact I would not recommend that much exposure daily on your faith. You will pretty much find glycolic acid in cleansers, serums, moisturizers, eye cream, facial peels.

Some Brands I have used: Mario Badescu, Aveeno, Murad, Exuviance, ProActiv, Neutrogena, Origins, Nip + Fab


(That I will post at the end of every blog and in the description box of every video)

  1. This is just information that I have found myself while researching and therefore it is not my own information. I will leave links to all the original files and even other bloggers who dove into this before me. I am not an expert but I want to share what I have found.
  2. At no point during this series should you take the information given as the GOLDEN STANDARD. Listen to your own body and do what is working best for you. So if you find out a product has a chemical that does not work for me and your skin is fine…KEEP IT
  3. Always feel free to do your own research and come to your own conclusions
  4. A dermatologist is a great source of information


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