Glycolic acid | effective skincare treatment

Glycolic acid | effective skincare treatment

Glycolic acid is one of the most researched forms of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and is effective in treating fine lines, acne, blackheads, scarring, pigmentation, and dull or oily skin.

Derived from sugar cane, Glycolic Acid (C2H4O3) is colourless, odourless and water soluble. It also has the smallest molecules of all the AHAs, allowing it to penetrate the skin more quickly and deeply.

How it works

Glycolic acid works by dissolving the glue between cells, sloughing away dead skin cells and increasing collagen and elastin production.

When sebum and other substances that bind cells are dissolved, dead cells are sloughed away, and blocked pores and blackheads are cleared, revealing smoother, brighter skin.

Removing surface grime and dead cells that form a barrier on the skin also allows other skincare products to penetrate more deeply into the epidermis.

Benefits of glycolic acid on the skin

Effective acne treatment – mainly when acne is caused by blockages of sebum and dead skin cells.

Minimises pores – with regular use of glycolic acid, pores are kept clear of blockages, and their size is reduced.

Decreases acne scarring – increases the skin’s production of collagen and elastin, which helps to resurface scar tissue to reveal newer, brighter skin.

Reduces fine lines/signs of premature aging – increases cell turnover to reveal a younger, healthier-looking complexion.

Reduces hyperpigmentation – helps break apart and remove damaged cells, fade dark spots and expose the healthier layer of skin beneath.

Rejuvenates nail – removes surface damage of finger and toe nails to reveal a healthy, lustrous shine.


  • Glycolic acid is an active substance that can lead to irritation and damage if not used correctly.
  • Concentrations of glycolic acid in over-the-counter skincare products should be below 10%.
  • Sunscreen should always be applied when using any form of AHA to avoid pigmentation.

Less is more

A daily-use skincare product with a milder concentration of glycolic acid can provide the same benefits as a peel with a higher concentration without the risk of irritating side effects.

Buy the ingredient to add to your formulas.


It is recommended in skin care formulations such as serums, lotions, moisturizers, exfoliants, peels, cleansers and toners—also hair care products, including shampoos, conditioners, nail polishes, nail conditioners and cuticle conditioners.

Buy our Glycolic Acid Peel and relabel it as your own


It is a liquid Exfoliant product that removes dead skin cells. It Contains 60% glycolic acid. Apply to the skin evenly. Allow drying (5-10min). Remove with warm water or a towel. Discontinue use immediately if irritation occurs.



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