10% Glycolic Acid Cream (1.9 oz.)
pH ~ 3.5-4.0
This rejuvenating, antioxidant-rich, anti-aging facial cream is formulated with 10% glycolic acid, and is designed to stimulate cellular turnover rate and reveal fresher, healthier, younger-looking skin. This rich cream also includes vitamins A, C and E and green tea to provide superior antioxidant protection against further free radical-induced skin damage. You'll see rejuvenated skin with fewer fine lines, less discoloration and improved texture and tone. I recommend this 10% strength to start with and for those with sensitive skin. Only if you can tolerate this level, should you move up to the higher strengths.
Glycolic Acid - the most commonly used form of Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA). AHA’s are a group of naturally occurring acids which are derived from certain plants and fruits. Glycolic Acid comes from sugar cane. Glycolic Acid dissolves the “glue” that holds dead skin cells together in the epidermis. Once loosened up, these dead skin cells can be easily dissolved or exfoliated to reveal new skin underneath. Glycolic acid reduces and prevents fine lines, lightens hyperpigmentation, and unclogs pores.
Glycolic exfoliation should start in the early teens and continue throughout the rest of your life. In the earlier years, glycolic exfoliation helps to prevent and treat acne. As we age, the benefit shifts towards restoring skin smoothness and luster, as your shedding dead skin cells becomes irregular leading to accumulation of dulling dead cells which also contribute to excess brown pigmentation.
Glycolic acid is appropriate for all skin types, and all skin types can receive all of the benefits from glycolic. For oily skin, it helps to remove dead cells, which can clog pores. For dry skin, glycolic allows moisturizers to penetrate the skin better and removes the flakes of dry, dulling dead skin. For normal skin, glycolic creates a smooth surface and a youthful, luminous glow. For sensitive skin, glycolic can be paired with moisturizers. Oily skin will be able to tolerate a higher strength versus dry, sensitive, thin skin.
If you are new to Glycolic Acid, I recommend starting with the 10%. Glycolic acid makes you photosensitive, so wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day is a must no matter what!
Ingredients: 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.