Glycolic acid is a type of alpha hydroxyl acid that is usually extracted from sugar cane. Since it is from a natural source, it is considered a fruit acid. It has been used for acne treatment and is relatively gently than other acids. How does glycolic acid work? It helps in balancing you pH levels and restoring your skin’s condition before it suffered from acne. Glycolic acid is also known to be an exfoliant. It speeds up shedding of your skin by removing dead skin cells and replacing them with new ones. This also helps in avoiding clogging of pores. It keeps your skin moisturized. If you are one of those people who have dry skin, glycolic acid might be good for you. There are a lot of skincare products out there that is used for acne. But most of them suck your skin dry. It is a defense mechanism of the sebaceous glands to produce more oil when it senses the skin is dry. So instead or curing acne, it causes more breakouts. Glycolic acid does not leave your skin dry. It naturally moisturizes it with its water-binding property.
The glycolic acid treatment is generally supported by many dermatologist but if you ask your ob-gyn, it is better to put off all acne treatments and medicines on the first trimester of your pregnancy. This ensure the safety of your child while his or her body organs are starting to form.
Most skincare products combine glycolic acid with benzoyl peroxide which is a good logic since benzoyl peroxide dries up your skin. It is best to use glycolic acid with benzoyl peroxide in a facial wash product. It is recommended to use it daily for two to three weeks. After using it for a few weeks, it is then recommended to undergo glycolic peels. Have your glycolic peels once a week for six weeks. Aside from treating acne, it can lessen acne scars and spots. It can also iron wrinkles and fine lines on your skin. If these treatment does not show you results, give your skin a rest before continuing with an increased dosage. There are rare cases of side effect using glycolic acid so you do not have to worry on it. People who have sensitive skin may experience slight redness or itching but they do not usually last for a few days. It is generally recommended to use sunscreen. Using acids and undergoing peeling makes your skin thinner which makes it harmful to be directly under the sun’s heat.