Glycolic Acid Skincare

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There’s no doubt about it, glycolic acid is a saviour for oily, acne-prone or unevenly-toned complexions. An alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), this potent ingredient quickly gets to work smoothing out texture, reducing hyperpigmentation and improving your skin tone with its exfoliating properties. But it doesn’t work like a physical exfoliator (or scrub), it chemically buffs away dead skin cells to reveal a brighter, smoother appearance.

Glycolic acid comes in a whole host of formulas, from cleansers and toners to peels and creams. The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is a multi-tasking solution - use it on your face, feet and scalp to combat dryness and restore balance to your skin. Get your fix with the NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Cleanser, a purifying wash that lifts away makeup and impurities.

So you might be wondering how to use glycolic acid. Start by gradually introducing it into your skincare regimen, especially for products that you leave on. Look for formulas between 1–5% concentration and apply twice a week. Glycolic acid can be drying if used too often, so always follow up with your fave moisturiser after using.

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