I got a lot of questions about the acids I use in my skincare and I thought writing about each of them will help my readers which one they need for their skin issues.
I will be starting off with Glycolic Acid.
What is it?
It is a popular type of Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that exfoliates and brightens the skin. It has the smallest molecules in the group so is able to penetrate skin deeply and easily, making it the most effective for treating fine lines, acne, blackheads, dullness, oiliness etc.
How does it work?
It reacts with the top layer of skin, breaking it down by dissolving sebum and other substances that bind cells together. Dead skin cells are sloughed off revealing smoother, brighter, younger looking skin.
1. Helps treat pigmentation and dark spots
2. Improves skin texture for a smoother look
3 Minimizes the look of fine lines and wrinkles
4. Reduces uneven skin tone.
5. A very effective acne treatment – particularly cystic acne which is caused by deep blockages of dead skin cells and sebum.
6. It minimizes the appearance of pores by keeping them clear and helping the surrounding cells to strengthen and regain elasticity.
All skin types, Great for those with wrinkles and fine lines
Things to take note:
Skin needs to get used to it – a percentage that is too high can cause redness, irritation and in severe cases ‘frosting’ – a flaky crusting of skin that develops as a protection reaction, and which can last for days.
Using other active ingredients with it can cause damage. Make sure to check if the reactions with your skin is okay.
It makes your skin prone to sun damage. I always make sure to use sunscreen with high SPF after treating with glycolic acid.
Anything above a 10% concentration is high and needs to be used with knowledge and caution. Always check the percentage because it might be too high for your skin to take.
My Experience and Recommendation:
I was scared at first to try these kind of chemicals. I know it’s a big step to take if you are a beginner. I was convinced when I watched a Youtuber who uses a lot of acids to maintain her smooth young looking skin.
Alpha H Liquid Gold, know to have glycolic acid helped me in treating acne that I got during my monthly periods. Yeah, it stings a little and sunscreen is really necessary after.
I use this at least once or twice a week because I don’t want to over exfoliate my skin. I notice that my pores seems to be more calm and minimized. I also see large improvement on lightening of my acne scars.
There are a lot of products out there that is known for glycolic content. You might want to check Pixi by Petra, Alpha H, First Aid Beauty and Mario Badescu.
Let me know what you think about this. Comment below.
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