All About Glycolic Acid

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.

Best for:
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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17 thoughts on “All About Glycolic Acid

  1. Ji guess this is best for my skin.You see that I already at my mid 50’s and wrinkles are everywhere so I think this is best for my skin. Thanks for a great reviews of glycolic acid.😁😁😁😘😘😘
    IG: @emilyona26

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  2. Mahal po siguro yan no? Looks effective but a bit scary to use po kasi baka mahapdi sa mukha..pero for all skin types naman kaya lang syempre merong ibang face na tlgang damage ng kahito papaano is we should consult dermatologists po..

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  3. That’s the thing with using products with glycolic acid hindi maiiwasan ang redness sa face di po ba? Do you have any recommendations na mga locally made products po with glycolic acid too?

    Ig: @iamztellar 😊

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  4. I have thin facial skin, (halata yung mga nerves sa muka ko) is this still recommended? Nagkakaron kasi ako ng pimples bago magkaron and I kinda want to try. IG: melizallopez

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  5. I was curious what glycolic acid is while i browse your blog posts. AHA po pla sya haha. I really wanted to try this one lalo na’t nabasa ko un mga benefits nya kaso when I first tried this (COSRX AHA Power Liquid) I got redness and stinging agad right after i apply it on my skin 😒 i followed all the precautions/instructions, i just did a patch test on my cheek tas nag react agad. 😭 Ms. keith do you have any sugestions po na pwede ipalit sa AHA, I am looking for something that can target rough and whiteheads. (I already using BHA,and it works so goood! kaso di nya na aalis unsmall white na rough sa skin)

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