Glycolic Acid Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream
This powerful glycolic facial cream comes in 2 strengths to allow for step-up AHA skin care. Maximize results with ultra-pure glycolic acid formulated into an elegant cream with an acid pH of under 4.
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Glycolic acid creams are the best non-prescription wrinkle creams for fast results.
Within days of using a professional glycolic acid cream you can see brighter and smoother skin tone. Within weeks, you will notice a lightening of uneven skin hyperpigmentation from age spots, melasma or acne scars. Glycolic acid also has the power to unclog clogged pores and fight blackheads. It quickly brightens skin by compacting the dead cell layer called the stratum corneum. When used longer, glycolic acid creams will stimulate your skin’s collagen renewal process and increase hyaluronic acid in the top two living layers of your skin (the epidermis and dermis). This equates to more attractive, smooth, glowing and youthful skin with fewer sunspots and wrinkles. Of course, we all want that.
What’s the catch with using AHA skin care products?
There are two things you need to know before starting to use a glycolic acid cream.
First, you have to train your skin to tolerate glycolic acid. By definition, these products are "acid" – aka potentially irritating to sensitive skin. Like embarking on a strength-training fitness program, you need to start with what you can do and work up as your fitness improves. The same is true with your skin and glycolic acid. When a person first starts using glycolic acid, I usually recommend starting at what I consider the beginning strength. Once glycolic acid has begun to work its magic, the skin changes and higher levels can be tolerated; we start at 15% and progress up to 20%, as I describe in my 'Directions' tab.
You get more results with higher AHA concentrations, but don’t try to jump into 20% right away. Start with the 15%. If 15% is too strong, you can dilute it with my Daily Moisturizing Face Cream or another hypoallergenic moisturizer. Add a dollop of the bland cream to you palm then an equal size dollop of the Glycolic Acid Face Cream. Mix them together and you have a 7.5% cream to apply to your skin. Gradually use less and less of the bland moisturizer until your skin can tolerate the full 15%.
Second, glycolic acid creams must have a very acid pH of about 4 or less and a very high concentration of 'free' glycolic acid in the product to work their magic for your complexion. This means the active glycolic acid needs to be about 10% or higher - and this is not necessarily the % strength written on the product label. That’s because glycolic acid is often neutralized by other product ingredients and what was originally added is no longer present as 'free acid' to treat your skin problems. As a consumer, you really can't easily know this detail about an AHA product so you need to trust that the company who makes your product has free acid strength in mind. Because powerful products are irritating, as I mentioned above, most "consumer-friendly" products sacrifice results in favor of ease of use. This means they have lower free acid levels and may not even have an acid pH.
My creams have the powerful free acid levels you would expect from a dermatologist and this is what is necessary to get results. We also don't add fragrance to mask the chemistry. My glycolic acid products are the most effective form of glycolic acid and you will notice the same aroma that a professional glycolic acid face peel solution has. This means the products are powerful and you can expect results!
What makes glycolic acid such a great ingredient to fight skin aging?
Glycolic acid is a small alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) molecule made from sugar cane. Because it is small, it gets into your skin easily where it can do its job. A foundational scientific study done in 2001 and reported in the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery showed that when people applied glycolic acid to their skin, huge changes were seen under the microscope. This study proved that glycolic acid cream creates three important improvements in your skin that lead to a more youthful complexion. The cream:
- Increases epidermal (the top living cell layer) thickness dramatically (a whopping 17%). This means it can reverse the skin thinning that happens with age.
- Increases epidermal hyaluronic acid content (by an astounding 180%) and hyaluronic acid dermal content too (9%). This means your skin is plumper and dewier, and the appearance of your wrinkles is lessened. Also, your skin is less fragile, and it's healthier because cells and nutrients can move around in it better.
- Turns on the genes for making skin 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) 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 acne scars.
- 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.
Dr. Bailey Skin Care's Glycolic Acid Anti-Aging Face Cream is made with the purest form of glycolic acid by an FDA-regulated laboratory. This ensures that you get only the best professional results to fight the signs of skin aging. The cream is non-comedogenic and oil free, so it won't clog pores and it is ideal for oily and acne-prone skin. That means it is perfect for people who are acne prone or who have oily skin or combination skin and who want a wrinkle cream for anti-aging skin care.
The light textured cream is enriched with squalane to hydrate skin and it layers nicely with your other skin care skin products.
For antioxidant benefit, Dr. Bailey Skin Care's Glycolic Acid Anti-Aging Face Cream is enriched with antioxidants, including vitamins A, C, E and green tea and CoQ 10 (ubiquinone) to help protect from free radical skin damage. It is also paraben free and fragrance free.
To learn more about the science of glycolic acid in skin care click here.
I recommend that anyone who is trying glycolic acid for the first time start with the 15% cream and work up in strength. Please know that extremely sensitive skin complexions, such as people suffering from rosacea or eczema, may not tolerate glycolic acid products. Scaly dry skin from product allergy will also not tolerate glycolic acid. Please consult a physician before using glycolic acid if this describes you.
Please note that the use of products with glycolic acid can irritate your skin. If irritation develops discontinue use and consult a physician.
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
Made with ultra-pure, pharmaceutical-grade glycolic acid and formulated with a pH under 4.
The Glycolic Acid Creams are free of parabens, alcohol, formaldehyde and fragrance. They are non-comedogenic, oil free, cruelty free and made in the USA.
Enriched with plant derived squalane and antioxidants, including vitamins A, C, E and green tea and CoQ 10
Please note, use of products with glycolic acid can irritate sensitive skin. If irritation develops, discontinue use and consult a physician.
Apply to facial skin daily as tolerated after washing. Start by using Dr. Bailey Skin Care Glycolic Acid Anti-Aging Face Cream 15% once a day and gradually increase to twice a day as your skin adjusts and begins to tolerate glycolic acid skin care therapy.
In your Complete Skin Care Routine, these AHA creams CORRECT complexion problems and HYDRATE skin. Thus, they multitask for 2 steps of your complete skin care routine. Layer products in your routine from thin to thick or water-based to oil-based. For example, you may apply Instantly Luminous Multi-action Serum followed by Green Tea Antioxidant Therapy and then Glycolic Acid Face Cream. Sunscreen is applied on top daily. At night, you can apply Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream and top it with Glycolic Acid Face Cream if your skin can tolerate the combination. Remember, professional AHAs are potentially irritating and you need to ask your skin how often you can use your AHA product. Whatever that amount is, this AHA cream will transform your skin!
Tips for Success with Glycolic Acid Products
- Always start with lower strength products and work up in strength as your skin is able to tolerate the glycolic acid. Start with the 15% Glycolic Acid Face Cream if you are new to professional glycolic acid products.
- Glycolic acid is by definition an ‘acid’ and can irritate sensitive or injured skin. When or if there is stinging or irritation, you can lower the concentration of the glycolic acid in the product by diluting it in half with a non-glycolic acid product and gradually work towards full strength.
- Mix equal portions of the glycolic acid product and a similar non-glycolic acid product that you know your skin can tolerate in your palm before applying them to the skin.
- In a week or so, add less of the non-glycolic acid product as you mix the two products in your palm. Slowly continue this process until you can tolerate the full-strength glycolic acid product.
- If your skin becomes irritated, take a break from your glycolic acid treatment for a few days, or until the skin returns back to normal, before resuming therapy.
- Avoid or use less glycolic acid in areas of your skin that are more sensitive. This means diluting the glycolic product as above or avoiding glycolic acid on the area all together. Examples of sensitive skin areas on the face would include the eyelids and central ‘T-zone’ in people suffering from seborrhea. The folds of the neck and the décolletage area of the chest are also sensitive skin areas for some people.
- Do not get glycolic acid on the lips and of course do not eat products intended for external use only.
- The eyelid folds are sensitive. Of course, do not get glycolic acid in your eyes. This means do not apply it so close to the eyes that it melts into the eyes as the product warms to skin temperature.
- Sometimes glycolic acid products may sting if you use them after exfoliating with a facial scrub or exfoliating sponge, or if you have freshly shaved your skin. If this happens, then apply glycolic acid products on days that you don’t physically exfoliate when washing or at a time when you have not just shaved your skin. Instead apply a non-glycolic acid product after exfoliating or shaving and use your glycolic acid product when you don’t exfoliate or shave.
- If your skin develops irritation, an injury, a sunburn or windburn or a rash, you must not apply glycolic acid to those areas of your skin. Wait until your skin is entirely healed plus at least 2 weeks. Glycolic acid will further irritate irritated skin, compounding the inflammation, preventing healing and possibly resulting in scarring or dyspigmentation. This includes skin irritated from wind or sun, irritating skin medicines such as acne medicines or tretinoin (Retin A and Renova) or procedures such as electrolysis, laser, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, microneedling, waxing etc.
- Irritated skin can develop permanent darkening in response to sunlight. Do not expose irritated skin to the sun until the skin has returned to normal.
Glycolic Acid Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream 15% (1.6 oz): Purified Water, Glycolic Acid, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ammonium Hydroxide, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dimethicone, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q-10), Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Glucoside, PEG-100 Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Laureth-7, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA.
Glycolic Acid Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream 20% (1.6oz): Purified Water, Glycolic Acid, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ammonium Hydroxide, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dimethicone, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q-10), Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Glucoside, PEG-100 Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Laureth-7, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA.