3 Reasons Why You Need Glycolic Acid For Skin In Your Skincare Routine

Learn why glycolic acid is an essential exfoliant that is best for anti-aging, and how you can benefit from adding glycolic acid into your skincare routine.
AuthorBy Wendy Gould

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2023

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A review of glycolic acid (GA) peels published in the Clinical Cosmetic Investigational Dermatology in 2013 has found ample evidence to support the beneficial role of GA in promoting and enhancing overall skin health.

The report’s conclusion reads, “the GA peel is here to stay, as it is a simple, evidence-based, results-oriented, and cost-effective procedure”.

There are at least 4 compelling reasons why you need a GA peel in your routine:

1. GA Prevents Skin Infection, Acne And Breakouts

Glycolic Acid Prevents Skin Infection, Acne and Breakouts

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Regularly using GA helps rid skin of flaky skin and impurities stuck in your pores.

If not sloughed off, these have a very high potential of getting infected and, eventually, cause breakouts in your skin.

Glycolic acid[1] helps prevent acne by clearing skin of debris.

2. GA Helps Correct Melasma, Dark Spots And Acne Scars

Glycolic Acid Helps Correct Melasma, Dark Spots and Acne Scars

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These dark marks can be found on both the surface of your skin and in the deeper layers.

Mostly, though, hyperpigmented skin is superficial. Therefore, regularly sloughing off your skin’s surface will stimulate faster skin cell turnover.

In time, an unblemished layer will surface and your dark marks gradually will become less noticeable until it disappears.

3. GA Helps Correct Visible Signs Of Skin Aging

Glycolic Acid Helps Correct Visible Signs Of Skin Aging

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Signs of skin aging naturally appear as you age and that process cannot be stopped. However, the progression can be slowed down, primarily by adhering to two good practices.

The first involves smart sun care.

UV is the largest cause of skin damage and aging.

Getting just enough sunshine for approximately 15 minutes and getting shielded off from the sun for the remainder of the time is the key to striking a balance between the advantages and disadvantages of sun exposure.

The second involves proper skincare which justifiably must include regular exfoliation in the routine.

By turning over skin regularly, Skin cells are able to better manage damages to the skin matrix. Only by exfoliating can we influence collagen to be produced in higher volumes and for skin cell turnover to happen more rapidly.


Que: Can I use glycolic acid everyday?

Ans: yes, it can use Glycolic Acid every day.

Que: Does glycolic acid have side effects?

Ans: Yes, it include dry skin, erythema (skin redness), burning sensation, itching, skin irritation, and skin rash.

Que: Is glycolic acid good for aging skin?

Ans: Yes, it is good for aging skin.

Que: Can I leave glycolic acid on overnight?

Ans: Yes, it can always use glycolic acid at night.


Just going through a set skincare regimen every night will never be enough for you to accomplish healthy, youthful skin. What you need is “proper” skincare that provides your skin exactly the kind of TLC it needs.

Evidence tells us, exfoliation is one of them.

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