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Glycolic Acid The Refinery Med Spa Georgetown, TX

Glycolic acid ingredient spotlight

Let’s talk about Glycolic Acid What is it? Glycolic acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), derived from sugarcane

Glycolic acid - Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) chemical efoliant - Dissolves the glue that holds dead skin cells together. Makes it easier for new healthier skin cells to come to the surface.

How does it work?

  • 1. It is a chemical exfoliant. Glycolic acid dissolves the glue that holds dead skin cells together.
  • 2. It can also suppress melanin formation, since it acts as a tyrosinase inhibitor.
  • 3. It makes it easier for the new, healthier skin cells to come to the surface.
  • 4. It stimulates collagen by activating fibroblasts to produce more collagen.
Glycolic acid - Can improve hyperpigmentation because it acts as a tyrosinase inhibitor and can improve hyperpigmentation.

How to use it?

I prefer to use my glycolic in a toner. ZO Complexion Renewal pads are my favorite. I also like to use it as a serum in a 10% concentration. Some people can tolerate this daily, I can only tolerate once or twice a week.

It is a great ingredient in a chemical peel. Just make sure you see a professional and your skin has been (preconditioned) if necessary. Ask me if you have questions so you don’t burn your face off.

How to use it - Toner: My preferred way to use it look for a 5-10% - Serum: Good for weekly/monthly treatments - Peel: Good to use in a chemical peel if done by a professional.

How not to use it?

I don’t like it in a wash, because you wash it right off.

I don’t like it mixed with a ton of other acids. Some are ok, but it is easy to overdo it in the acid department.

I don’t like it if you aren’t going to wear sunscreen. Just do yourself a favor and trust me on this one.

How not to use it. I don't like it in a wash. It's an awesome ingredient and I don't want you to wash it right off. Be careful mixing it with other acids (AHA/BHAS). You must wear sunscreen; glycolic can make you photosensitive.

Questions? Anyone else love glycolic as much as I do? Has anyone experienced the “Glycolic Glow”??

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