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  • Writer's pictureDr. Christine Dierickx


Glycolic acid is a substance that chemically exfoliates the skin by dissolving dead skin cells and oils. It is naturally present in certain plants, such as beets, sugarcane, and some fruits.

Due to its properties, it is also a popular ingredient in skin care products. But have you ever wondered how exactly this ingredient does its job?

Glycolic acid is a fruit acid that dissolves the glue-like substance that holds dead skin cells together. Those dead skin cells cause your skin to look unnecessarily sallow, grey and dull, and increase the likelihood of blemishes and flakes.

Glycolic acid helps loosen and remove these dead skin cells while also creating new collagen and hyaluronic acid deeper into your skin. The result is clean skin, clear complexion and smoother, more even skin and less fine lines, sun damage and pigmentation spots.

Are you using glycolic acid in your routine? For personal tailored skincare advice, book a skin health consult on the website.


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