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The Multi-talented Glycolic Acid: Your Skin's New Best Friend

15.05.2024 | body

What is Glycolic Acid? 

If you're looking to up your skincare game, glycolic acid is an ingredient you'll want to get familiar with. So, what exactly is glycolic acid? It's part of the alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) family and a true multitasking superstar. Derived from sugarcane, this natural compound can help to dissolve the bonds holding dull, dead skin cells on your skin’s surface – think gentle yet extremely effective exfoliation. The result? Smoother, brighter and more radiant-looking skin. 

What Does Glycolic Acid Do for Your Skin?

The better question might be what doesn’t it do.

For a Smoother and Brighter Face

Glycolic acid is a skincare superstar that can minimise the appearance of pores, blackheads and fine lines, as well as supporting smoother and brighter skin. Derived from sugar cane, our Glycolic Acid Toner works to remove dead skin on the surface to help improve the overall appearance of skin texture and brightness without drying out the skin.

For a Silky Smooth Body

But glycolic acid doesn't stop at your face. It can tackle the appearance of KP bumps, ingrown hairs, rough skin, and body breakouts, leaving your skin soft and glowing from head to toe. Powered by chemical exfoliation, our Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Body Stick delivers deep, effective exfoliation and is proven to tackle these stubborn concerns in as little as 7 days**.

For Healthier and Shinier Hair

Glycolic acid can even work wonders for your scalp and hair. By dissolving oil buildup, product residue, and dead skin cells that clog hair follicles, it helps remove buildup and leave your hair looking healthy and shiny. Our Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Scrub helps to boost healthy hair growth & plump roots from the first use.


FAQs on Glycolic Acid 

Can I use glycolic acid with retinol?

The two can be an effective anti-aging duo, but it's best to alternate them instead of layering to avoid potential irritation.

What other ingredients/products can I use with glycolic acid?

Glycolic acid can be safely used with ingredients like vitamin C, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and ceramides. These can provide additional brightening, hydrating, and skin barrier repairing benefits when combined with glycolic acid.

How do I introduce glycolic acid into my routine?

No matter how you use glycolic acid, start slowly and follow product instructions to build up tolerance. It's always best to patch test first and gradually increase usage.

Can glycolic acid cause sun sensitivity?

Yes, glycolic acid can increase photosensitivity, so be sure to use Dewy Sunscreen SPF 30 daily when using products with this ingredient.

Is glycolic acid good for acne?

Yes, glycolic acid's exfoliating properties can help unclog pores and minimise acne breakouts.

Can glycolic acid be used on sensitive skin?
Those with very sensitive skin may want to start with lower concentrations or buffered formulas to build up tolerance slowly.

With its multiple benefits for face, body, and scalp, glycolic acid truly is a versatile ingredient superstar. Add it to your routine and let this powerful yet gentle AHA reveal your smoothest and most radiant-looking skin.

Photo of Written by Nicole, INKEY's Social Media Assistant

Written by Nicole, INKEY's Social Media Assistant

Nicole is INKEY's Social Media Assistant and is dedicated to building an inclusive online skincare community. She shares insights and tips to make skincare accessible and enjoyable for all.