Glycolic Acid

Glycolic Acid is one of the many members of the family of Alpha Hydroxy and Beta Hydroxy Acids. These fruit acids are excellent skin exfoliants. Other members of the family are salicylic acid, malic acid, phytic acid, citric acid and lactic acid. AHAs and BHAs are skin exfoliants, that act by loosening the bonds between keratinocytes on the skin's surface. Acne prone skins over produce keratinocytes (skin cells) and sebum (oil). This overabundance of skin cells clump with excess oil to form keratin plugs which block up the pores of the skin.

Therefore AHAs are very effective in the treatment of acne prone skins through exfoliation and are also very effective in sun damaged skins, which are also characterised by reduced exfoliation, which gives them their dry and crusty feel.

Clearskincare Gel Cleanser uses glycolic acid for a mildly acidic pH deep cleanser that reduces the formation of keratin plugs.

Clearskincare Smooth Skin 8% is an 8% glycolic acid cream, which is recommended for daily use in acne prone and sundamaged skins.

Clearskincare Microdermabrasion cream with glycolic acid is a revolutionary exfoliating cream for acne prone and sundamaged skins. Designed to reproduce a salon Microdermabrasion treatment, a 5 minute wet scrub with Clearskincare's Microdermabrasion Cream with Glycolic Acid leaves the skin feeling incredibly fresh, smooth and soft and controls mild acne.

Clearskincare Buffered Glycolic 8% MiniSkinPeel and Clearskincare Buffered Glycolic 12% MiniSkinPeel are light to medium AHA acids that ares derived from sugar cane. While a bit harsher than lactic acid, glycolic acid is a good 'all-around' peel for a wide variety of skin symptoms. Glycolic acid peels are used by cosmetic physicians and dermatologists to improve the look of wrinkles and lines, eliminate acne (all levels), smooth out skin texture, reduce skin discoloration (such as liver spots) and even skin tone. Glycolic acid also has the benefits of making your skin look smoother, fresher, and more youthful. Glycolic acid has few disadvantages as it rarely causes excessive swelling, redness or peeling. These homecare peels are used weekly and do not cause mass skin shedding, they promote even, controlled and accelerated exfoliation (shedding) of dead and damaged skin cells. 

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