Are You Using Glycolic Acid? Here’s Why You Should

Over the years, we’ve seen many skincare trends come and go. From slugging to the 10-step routine, there has been no shortage of new and now methods to try. While it can be fun to give these trends a go, we tend to return to our tried and true skincare favourites.

For us, that means regular exfoliation. Exfoliation gives skin an undeniable glow while helping to reduce texture and dullness. Today, we’re going to explore one of our go-to exfoliators: glycolic acid.


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What Is Glycolic Acid?

Glycolic acid is a type of chemical exfoliator known as an alpha-hydroxy acid. It is derived from sugar cane – making it naturally sourced.

Glycolic acid works by breaking down the bonds between dead skin cells, allowing them to be removed from the skin’s surface. This removal of dead skin cells is what gives you that undeniable glow and fresh-faced appearance.

The Benefits of Glycolic Acid

As we mentioned above, glycolic acid is frequently used to boost radiance and overall glow. But that’s not all! In addition to increasing skin luminosity, glycolic acid has also been known to help with:

● refining skin texture
● smoothing the appearance of enlarged pores
● brightening and promoting even-looking skin
● diminishing the look of fine lines and wrinkles
● fading hyperpigmentation
● preventing breakouts

Glycolic acid can be especially effective for acne-prone skin as it helps to break up dead skin cells, excess oil, and dirt in the pores, removing congestion and leading to clearer skin.

On a deeper level, glycolic acid has been known to stimulate collagen synthesis – slowing down the appearance of skin aging and improving overall skin texture.


ursa major fantastic face wash


Glycolic Acid In Your Routine

Now that you know about the benefits, how do you incorporate glycolic acid into your routine?

As with any exfoliator, it’s important to start low and go slow. Many skin types, especially sensitive skin, can experience side effects ranging from slight redness to skin tingling when they begin using glycolic acid. These are typically mild and go away with continued use.

Here are a few of our routine favourites:

For The Beginner

New to glycolic acid? These formulas are a great way to dip your toe into the glycolic pool.

Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash

This clarifying gel cleanser removes dirt, oil, and impurities with a blend of AHA, aloe vera, and rice extract.

Acure Resurfacing Inter-gly-lactic Shimmer Serum

This gentle serum delicately exfoliates the top layer of skin to reveal a smooth, even glow.

sahajan brightening mask

For The Experienced

You know a thing or two about exfoliators and aren’t afraid of trying something new.

Sahajan Brightening Mask

This treatment is filled with nourishing shea butter to soothe stressed skin as lemon and bilberry extracts resurface and brighten.

Indie Lee Clearing Mask

Do you deal with frequent breakouts? Meet your new best friend. Glycolic and salicylic acids work together to prevent and clear blemishes.

For The Exfoliant Enthusiast

When it comes to glycolic acid, you’re a connoisseur. Here are our most advanced formulas.

LASPA Intensive Glycolic Peel Overnight Kit

Reduce the appearance of fine lines, dark spots, and texture with this powerful overnight emulsion.

Consonant Maximum Glycolic Meta Serum

This potent serum targets hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, and wrinkles for a clear and smooth complexion.

Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Masque

Say hello to bright, glowing skin with this all-in-one, concentrated treatment mask.


Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Masque

Is glycolic acid a part of your routine? Are you a new or experienced user? Let us know in the comments below and connect with us on Instagram @thetruthbeautycompany.

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