glycolic acid

acide glycolique

Obtained from beet, sugar or grapes, glycolic acid is the smallest of the alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). Renowned for its exfoliating power, its low molecular weight enables it to penetrate a little deeper into the epidermis, acting on the surface and slightly below the stratum corneum.
Through its keratolytic action, glycolic acid loosens dead cells, promoting effective, gentle exfoliation. This exfoliation has numerous beneficial effects on skin appearance, complexion and skin aging.
In fact, exfoliation helps regulate sebum production in oily skin, inhibiting the formation of imperfections such as blackheads and acne, caused by dead cells clogging pores.
Exfoliation also promotes cell renewal, restoring radiance and luminosity to the face and reducing pigmentation spots.
Finally, thanks to its small size, glycolic acid penetrates the dermis and stimulates the synthesis of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, which are responsible for the skin's firmness, elasticity and hydration, and whose production declines with age.
Glycolic acid helps maintain skin's moisture level, firming and toning it, and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.