A professional glycolic acid skin care product can provide the best, non-prescription anti-wrinkle face cream that also fight sun spots.
Glycolic acid products are the ultimate, multitasking skin care product and perfect for both men and women.
As a single ingredient, glycolic acid rejuvenates and reverses many of the signs of skin aging including: dull skin, fine lines and wrinkles, crepey skin, sun spots, and crusty age spots. It works fast, too!
Plus, glycolic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from sugar cane, is also a great ingredient to clean clogged pores and blackheads. Within weeks of using glycolic acid for the first time, you will notice positive changes in your complexion.
However, the important point that is key to reaping these transformational changes is that only products made at professional levels will do all this multitasking.
Glycolic acid products must be made right or they won’t work.
They must be formulated to have a final acid pH of 4 or less and a glycolic acid, free acid content of 10% or higher.
Know that the amount of glycolic acid listed on any label is most likely NOT the free-acid content.
For every increment of pH higher than 3.5, some of the acid is neutralized and thus not “free.”
As a consumer, you can’t tell what the free acid content is in a product. You have to trust the company and the chemist that makes the product. My Glycolic Acid Creams are all professional level, containing 10% or higher free-acid in pH formulations of 4 or lower. They are the powerful products you would expect from a dermatologist!
The form of the glycolic acid is also important.
Glycolic acid is an AHA that comes from sugar cane. It is small and easily enters your skin. Pioneer dermatologist, Eugene Van Scott, M.D., did the pivotal work on glycolic acid, and he recommended a form of glycolic acid called ammonium glycolate.
That’s potentially the most effective form of glycolic acid for skin care, and it’s the one used in my Glycolic Acid Cleanser and Face Cream.
If you are new to glycolic acid, start with my lowest 10% cream and let your skin adjust. As it does, you may be able to work up to 20% as your skin transforms and conditions to glycolic acid.
In my Glycolic Acid Kit for All Complexion Types, I’ve combined physical exfoliation with glycolic acid “chemical” exfoliation for maximal results.
- Physical exfoliation is done daily when you use the Glycolic Acid Face Wash with the Buf Puf Facial Sponge. The sponge instantly removes loose and dull, dead cells from the stratum corneum (outer dead cell layer of your skin).
- The second type of exfoliation I use in this kit is glycolic acid “chemical” exfoliation. In the simplest terms, glycolic acid is a keratolytic (meaning to break keratin protein). Through chemistry, it loosens the bonds holding together your skin’s keratin-filled dead cells so that they exfoliate to brighten skin texture and tone.
In addition to exfoliation to improve skin appearance, glycolic acid has been proven to create even more long-term beneficial skin changes that improve skin appearance.
One study, published in 2001 in the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery, showed that when people applied glycolic acid to their skin, huge changes were seen under the microscope that translate into a more youthful complexion in the mirror including:
1. An increase in thickness of the living, top cell layer called the epidermis.
The epidermis thins with age and increased a dramatic 17% with the use of glycolic acid. This means that glycolic acid can reverse skin thinning that happens with age.
2. An increase in epidermal hyaluronic acid content (by an astounding 180%) and dermal hyaluronic acid dermal (second living layer of skin) content (by 9%).
This means your skin is plumper and dewier when you use glycolic acid. The appearance of your wrinkles is lessened, too. It also means that your skin is less fragile, and it's healthier because cells and nutrients can move around in it better.
3. A greater activity of skin genes that make collagen (3 times greater than before).
This means you might actually really get rid of wrinkles because reversing wrinkles requires that your skin makes collagen in the dermis (the deeper part of your skin) which lies below the epidermis (the top living layer).
From an older study reported in 1996 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, we already knew three additional benefits of glycolic acid treatment, which are that it:
Evens-out irregular skin pigmentation.
This means it can get rid of your age spots and even help lighten hyperpigmentation from melasma and healed acne lesions.
Reverses the signs of classic sun damage in the epidermis that we see under the microscope.
This means it makes the structure of your skin look more like a kid’s when we view it under a microscope. (In doctor speak, there is a reversal of basal cell atypia and return of the normal undulating rete pattern.)
Exfoliates the dead skin cells.
This means your skin looks brighter, dewy and moist, and feels softer.
Glycolic acid also binds water to your skin and acts as a moisturizer.
My Glycolic Acid Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream is formulated into an oil free and non-comedogenic hydrating moisturizer. This means that this one product serves two of the four key functions in your complete facial skin care routine - correct and hydrate. The cleanser functions as the first step - cleanse.
Pick a sunscreen to match your skin type and you have highly effective and complete professional skin care – cleanse, correct, hydrate and protect. Expect to see the benefits in the mirror!
What My Customers Say
"It really works for age spots. I've used it for 2 weeks, not every day. I put it on one of my hands too and that one has less age spots now than the other."
Bernstein, EF, et. al. (including Van Scott, E), Glycolic Acid Treatment Increases Type 1 Collagen mRNA and Hyaluronic Acid Content of Human Skin, Dermatologic Surgery 2001;27:429-433
Ditre CM et. al. (including Van Scott, E), Effects of alpha-hydroxy acids on photoaged skin; A pilot clinical, histologic, and ultrastructural study, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 1996;34:187-195