What is Glycolic and Why Do I Want Acid on My Face? Face Care | Oct 25, 2017

Products like face peels, cleansers, serums, masks and moisturizers often contain varying levels of acids. We’ve talked to guys who think using one of these will force them into hiding for a day or two to recover.

Fear not, these aren’t the in-your-face Russian spy in a dark alley kind of acids. There are acids for evil, but plenty for good — and in skin care, you’ll find a lot of products that contain alpha hydroxyl acids, or AHAs. One of them is glycolic, which is naturally occurring and typically found in things like sugar cane, pineapple and beets.

So why are we putting fruit acids into your skin care products? For starters, glycolic is the Holy Grail for exfoliation. It gets rid of the top layer of dead skin cells on your face and boosts collagen production which keeps your skin looking firm and smooth.

How? Why?

When you apply it to your skin, there’s a reaction at the top layer that breaks down the oil and dirt – and an unimaginable amount of dust — that bind the dead skin cells together. Besides being gross, the effect of this sitting on the surface of your skin is that it looks dull, tired and less clear.

The glycolic penetrates the skin deeply and quickly, to wage war with fine lines, acne and blackheads. When it rinses off, the dead skin cells are stripped away and your skin looks brighter. When you’re using an acid to exfoliate, that’s called chemical exfoliation. (Still sounds scary, right?) When you use a scrub, it’s called manual exfoliation.

The Glycolic Facial Cleanser contains a lower amount of acid and can be used once or twice daily.

Give it a go! Don’t worry — there’s no down time and we promise it won’t hurt.