Glycolic acid is alpha hydroxy acid which is obtained from sugarcane. Glycolic acid is hydrophilic in nature. Glycolic acid is an excellent exfoliant which helps to exfoliate dead skin cells. It directly inhibits tyrosinase and hyperpigmentation and accelerates desquamation.
Glycolic acid therapy is used for the treatment of photodamage, rosacea, acne, albae pseudofolliculitis barbae, hyperpigmentation, actinic keratosis, fine wrinkles, lentigines, melasma, seborrheic keratosis. It reduces UV induced skin tumor development. It treats exfoliative conditions like ichthyosis, psoriasis and xeroderma. In menopausal women it improves reversing markers of skin aging. Glycolic acid is used for the treatment of acne scars and acne vulgaris. It treats defects of epidermis and papillary dermis.
sensitive skin may have reaction and tingling reaction.
Glycolic acid shows anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, keratolytic effects. It targets corneosomes and increases the breakdown and reduces the cohesiveness causing desquamation of skin.
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