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Glycolic Acid: Smooth Skin & Resolve Uneven Texture
Skincare, Education, Featured, Ingredients

Glycolic Acid: Smooth Skin & Resolve Uneven Texture

When discussing chemical exfoliation and safe-for-home acids, one in particular stands out as the gold standard. If you're well-versed on your skincare ingredients, you probably know that we're talking about Glycolic Acid. Skincare professionals have raved about this transformative ingredient for years but not everyone has jumped on board. If you're looking to retexturize your skin, treat acne, diminish fine lines or improve your complexion, we invite you to explore the wonderful world of Glycolic Acid.

What is Glycolic Acid?

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Glycolic Acid is a naturally occurring substance, found in plants, fruit and milk. If you're unfamiliar with chemical exfoliants, it falls into the Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA) category, which contains water soluble acids. Known for its small molecular size, studies show that this impressive ingredient can penetrate deeper into pores, providing better results.

What does it do?

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Put simply, it breaks up the 'glue' that holds dead skin cells together, improving rough, coarse and uneven texture. As we age, cell turnover and renewal rates slow, which can lead to a buildup of dead skin cells on the skin's surface. In addition to uneven texture, having an excess of dead skin cells causes breakouts, dullness and wrinkles. Not to mention, its exfoliating properties can help loosen up dark spots or hyperpigmentation.

Should I be using Glycolic Acid?

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If you want a smoother complexion, then yes. Because dehydration, sun exposure, genetics and lack of exfoliation contribute to texture irregularities, this common skin concern is not limited to just one skin type. Most clients (aside from those with extra sensitive skin) should look at incorporating at least one product into their routine that contains dermatologists' favorite acid.

How do I use it?

Glycolic Acid trio of products

That depends on your desired effects and your current skincare routine. Whether you have one opening or want an entirely new regimen, Glo has several options to fill any part of your routine with the popular anti-aging and acne fighting ingredient.

Glycolic Acid Trio

Though this trio is not packaged or sold together, the three products (Cleanser, Toner and Moisturizer) work great as a hard-hitting Glycolic Acid starter kit or on their own, as individual contributors to a routine. BYRDIE even ranked Glycolic Resurfacing Cleanser as one of their top 15 Glycolic Acid cleansers!


As we've mentioned, Glycolic Acid is a great do-it-all chemical exfoliant but it can be more targeted for specific skin concerns, especially if you use it in a serum.

  • Renew Serum (Acne): A level 1 smoothing serum that helps clear pores and diminish the look of fine lines. Also includes, Salicylic Acid and Retinol.
  • Hydra-Bright Alpha Arbutin Drops (Hyperpigmentation): A level 1 brightening serum featuring natural brighteners to gently, yet effectively, brighten the complexion.
  • Retinol Smoothing Serum (Texture): A level 2 smoothing serum that also addresses hyperpigmentation concerns. Also includes Retinol.
  • Triple Action Serum (Hyperpigmentation): A level 3 brightening serum that dramatically reduces dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Also includes, Hydroquinone and Retinol.

Any negative side effects?

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Glad you asked. Using any Alpha-Hydroxy Acid increases your sensitivity to the sun, so it's important that you're using a daily sunscreen. Additionally, Glycolic Acid can make your skin drier than normal, so make sure to introduce new products slowly and keep your skin moisturized.

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April 9, 2019

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