Do you have that one friend that says, “Oh, honey, I’m never using any chemicals on my skin?” Or is that one friend you? Go on, raise your hand, I promise not to judge! *silently judging you in a corner*
If so, you may want to read down a little further in this blog post, as I explain just a little bit about a very famous chemical exfoliant, Glycolic Acid.
Glycolic acid is a powerful chemical exfoliant from the AHA or Alpha Hydroxy acid family that packs a big punch for your skin. When properly used, this exfoliant helps to dissolve the glue that holds together dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. Once removed, your skin will glow and shine like a beautiful baby unicorn: light, bright and unstoppable!
Now as amazing as this sounds, I will warn you to be super careful with Glycolic acid, as it is the strongest of its AHA counterparts.
HOW TO USE GLYCOLIC ACID
1) GLYCOLIC ACID IS AN INTROVERT
It doesn’t play well with other active acids, and should be used solely as your chemical acid of choice during your skin care routine. This means, don't use it with salicylic acids or retinoids because this will irritate the living crap out of your skin, and you just don’t deserve that!
2) EASE INTO IT
Don’t go full force, and start applying a 10% Glycolic serum every night, because
your face will probably fall off. Okay, maybe not, but let's start slow to avoid irritation. Start by applying your products with Glycolid Acid once a day for two days a week to see how your skin reacts. If all is well, then smear that stuff on like the directions tell you!
3) WEAR SUNSCREEN, DARLING
Because Glycolic Acid is removing the dead skin cells from the epidermis (the outer most layer of your skin), your new unicorn skin is susceptible to photosensitivity. Basically put- your skin is more sensitive to the sun than ever before. So wear an SPF 30 so I don't have to come hunt you down!
WHO SHOULD USE GLYCOLIC ACID?
The only folks I would personally NOT recommend using Glycolic Acid are those with super sensitive or dry skin. Why? Because, as stated before, it’s crazy strong and if your skin is already easily irritated, this just ain't for you boo! Now if you have normal skin, you can use it, but I’d recommend using it sparingly. This acid, is really for the oily, acne prone skin girls… like me 😑
BENEFITS OF GLYCOLIC ACID
1) Treats dark spots and hyperpigmentation
2) Treats atrophic (indented) acne scars
3) Anti-Aging by increasing skin’s elasticity and decreases the look of fine lines and wrinkles
There’s plenty more to be said about this exfoliant, but I wanted to outline the basics for you, so you could make a better, educated choice when picking your skin care products.