Looking for a great addition to your skin care regimen? Florida’s Skin Wellness Physicians has just the thing!
Glycolic acid is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid (or AHA) derived from sugar cane. Of all the alpha-hydroxy acids, glycolic is the smallest and simplest in structure, making it easy to penetrate the skin and be more effective. Glycolic acid works as an exfoliant to help shed dead skin cells to uncover brighter, more glowing skin! This acid also aids in ramping up collagen production, which contributes to smoother and plumper skin. This potent ingredient can address various skin concerns such as overall dullness, signs of skin aging like fine lines, uneven texture, and even blemishes.
Glycolic acid is best for people with normal, combination, or oily skin. People with dry or sensitive skin may experience more irritation. Since glycolic acid is an exfoliant, it is advised to start slowly and work up a tolerance. Adding a glycolic acid product such as SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight is ideal. I would recommend starting three times a week with a pea-sized amount and increasing frequency to nightly depending on your skin tolerance. If you have more sensitive skin, you could try starting with a glycolic cleanser to get your skin acclimated rather than a leave-on product. For this, I would recommend the SkinCeuticals Glycolic Renewal cleanser and using it in the evening. Glycolic acid may cause increased sun sensitivity, so being diligent with a broad-spectrum sunscreen during the daytime is always recommended.
Glycolic acid can be a game-changing topical to address multiple skin concerns. Keep in mind everyone’s skin responds differently to products, so be sure to consult your dermatology provider when adding something new or with any questions and concerns. Contact us at Skin Wellness Physicians by calling (239) 732-0044, or fill out a contact form to get in touch with us online!