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Quick Facts about Glycolic Acid Facial Cleansers

Posted on 2nd Aug 2010 @ 11:21 AM

You may have heard or seen skincare products proudly displaying the fact that they contain glycolic acid. Some people may shy away from these products because of their uncertainty about what exactly glycolic acid is. There is a common misconception associated with glycolic acid in that people think it is tough on the skin or just for problem skin. Here are some quick facts about glycolic acid to help clear up these misconceptions. 

Glycolic acids are alpha hydroxyl acids or AHAs, which are a family of acids that naturally occur in a variety of fruits and food. Collectively then are often refereed to as fruit acids. The glycolic acid that is found in sugar cane is typically given the most attention in the medical field due to the fact that it has the smallest molecule of all the AHAs. As a result of the small molecular weight this glycolic acid is able to penetrate more effectively and ultimately brings about the most dramatic and beneficial changes of all the AHAs.

Glycolic acids are able to loosen the cellular cement that is associated with a number of skin conditions such as photodamage (environmental aging), acne and hyperpigmentation. The glycolic acid acts like a phenomenal resurfacing agent and can drastically improve the appearance of the skin. It has even proven itself to be a useful tool in reducing the depth of acne scarring.

Other benefits of glycolic acid are that it can stimulate collagen, increase epidermal volume and even has the ability to act as a powerful antioxidant and free radical inhibitor. It is often used to treat a variety of skin conditions including: Acne; White-heads; Blackheads; Psoriasis; Dry Skin; Eczema; Hyperkeratosis; Actinic Keratosis; and many more. However, glycolic acid facial cleansers are not just for skin with these problems. These cleansers are suitable for all skin types and strive to result in a smoother, softer and more refined skin texture.

Glycolic Acid Facial Cleansers should not be an intimidating section of your skin care store. They are some of the most cost effective, safe and beneficial skin care items currently available.