Glycolic acid cosmetics can effectively penetrate the skin, stimulate collagen synthesis and cellular activity. Due to this powerful skin layer penetration, glycolic acid enhances the efficacy of other skin care ingredients.
The skin is divided into four layers: stratum corneum, epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous fat. While it is the outer layer (the stratum corneum) that reflects visible problems such as peeling and dry skin, the real problem starts in the dermis.
Glycolic acid penetrates into the cell-producing dermis, promoting the regeneration and production of elasticity and moisturizing ingredients for a more youthful-looking skin. It also acts on the epidermis, renewing itself every 28 days through continuous cellular and lipid regeneration.
Our skin sheds tens of thousands of cells every hour and is naturally protected from impurities such as pollution, chemicals, bacteria and UV rays. Because glycolic acid can promote this exfoliation, it helps the skin remove impurities that can damage the body, making glycolic acid become one of the most effective anti-pollution products available today.
High-quality glycolic acid improves elasticity, firmness and skin texture, increases the production of dermal matrix compounds and collagen synthesis, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and promotes skin exfoliation (cell turnover) and regenerative cycles.
Glycolic acid cosmetics mainly include scrub products, exfoliating products, creams designed to slow down aging, serums, lotions, cleansers and toners, moisturizing skin creams and lotions, skin lightening combinations, men's care products, etc. Several products are introduced in detail below:
(1) Anti-wrinkle cream
When added to anti-wrinkle cream products, glycolic acid gently exfoliates dead skin cells, stimulates new cell regeneration, and enhances elasticity and firmness to minimize fine lines.
(2) Acne cream
Adding glycolic acid to acne creams can enhance the effectiveness of other active ingredients. The osmotic action of glycolic acid re-regulates moisture levels and promotes cell renewal. This action will reduce pore-clogging dirt and dry skin particles as well as impurities lurking beneath the skin's surface.
(3) Men's skin care products
Glycolic acid can effectively penetrates the skin and re-regulates moisture levels in the epidermis for smoother, softer and more radiant skin. Glycolic acid cosmetics can also enhance the efficacy of men's care products such as razor bump treatment, daily moisturizing, and sun protection.
(4) Brightening and whitening
When added it to skin-lightening and whitening products, glycolic acid can combat skin fading such as age spots, natural spots, and localized damage from excessive sun exposure.