Benefits of Glycolic Acid: Anti-aging. Brightening. Acne, rosacaea repair.

January 11, 2012

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) revolutionized skin care in the 1980’s with the discovery of their ability to dramatically improve the appearance of aging skin.

Derived from foods, AHA’s are often overlooked in their role as antioxidants, but in addition to their own merits, they work synergistically with other antioxidants, enhancing their activity.AHA’s are now old news in the cosmetic world, but they are a skin care gift that keeps on giving.

Glycolic acid, one of the most popular alpha hydroxy acids, is derived from sugar cane. When applied to the skin, it exfoliates the outer layers of dead cells providing a younger appearance. Renewal of cells correlates to skin that is softer, smoother, with fewer wrinkles. The benefits of glycolic acid though are not confined just to exfoliation:

Glycolic acid:

• Promotes collagen growth in the upper dermis, leading to up to 25% increase in skin thickness, which helps soften fine lines and wrinkles.

• Enhances circulation, stimulates cellular growth, and reduces pore size.

• Enhances the penetration of a variety of skin care actives, especially Vitamin C and alpha lipoic acid.

• Repairs sun damaged skin, reduces redness, and prevents free radical damage caused by UVA exposure.

• Reduces redness of rosacaea when used in low concentrations.

• Reduces hyperpigmentation, blotchy discoloration, and age spots.

• Helps relieve dry skin, dermatitis, and scaling skin disorders.

• Reduces razor bumps and ingrown hairs, alleviating shaving problems. Facial skin peels with high concentrations (20%-50%) are popular skin renewal professional procedures, which are expensive and often irritating.

Skin care products for home use are limited to 10% concentrations. Higher concentrations can lead to sun sensitivity and irritation. Our philosophy is that we value the benefits of alpha hydroxy acids in general and glycolic acid in particular.

We have found that routine use of lower concentrations (1-5 per cent) is as effective in promoting younger, brighter skin as an intense peel, without the expense or side effects. Yes, the process initially takes weeks instead of minutes, but the results are amazing.

Cleansers and toners are the vehicles we use to deliver daily doses of AHA. Results are noticed within the first week and maintained with no irritation and no discernible sun sensitivity for most. Twice daily applications of AHA toner provides the following results:

• Smoother skin texture with fewer fine lines.

• Dull skin will be renewed, fresher, and younger looking.

• Uneven skin tones will become more uniform.

• Redness will be reduced.

• As collagen levels increase, skin will become firmer, wrinkles will be reduced.

• Acne and blemish breakouts will subside, skin will become clearer, and acne scars and redness will fade. It is not unusual for blemishes to increase initially as the skin is cleaned of inflammatory agents, but the situation will continually improve.

Abbey St. Clare provides glycolic and AHA benefits in the following products:

Aniba Cleanser, Tonic

Essential Earth Elements Cleanser

Green Tea Scruffing Milk Cleanser

Tea Tree Cleansing Gel

Comfrey Tonic

Ginseng Tonic

Vitamin C Tonic



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Abbey St Clare Blog

5 Natural Skincare Tips For The Spring Seasonal Transition
5 Natural Skincare Tips For The Spring Seasonal Transition

April 08, 2024

As we slog through the last of the cold, dry winter months, let’s take a moment to be thankful that soon we’ll all be able to say goodbye to the days of staticky hair, dry, itchy skin, windburned cheeks, and that enormous container of moisturizer we have to bring everywhere, so our skin doesn’t crack and itch while we’re outside. 

Continue Reading

Enhance Your Mental Well-Being With These 5 Skin Care Habits
Enhance Your Mental Well-Being With These 5 Skin Care Habits

March 08, 2024

When life gets busy, self-care often falls by the wayside—from diet and exercise to good skin care habits. There seems to be a more pervasive attitude that caring for yourself, physically and mentally, is less of a priority than working, caring for others, managing a household, and so on.

Continue Reading

Natural Help for Respiratory Viruses
Natural Help for Respiratory Viruses

February 06, 2024

It’s that time of year again when respiratory viruses are hitting almost everyone in some way. If you and your family are experiencing the flu, COVID, or RSV, it’s important to understand each of these viruses and their symptoms. 

Continue Reading