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Glycolic Acid: How and When to Use Glycolic Acid for Skin

Discover how Glycolic Acid works for skin and learn how to use glycolic acid in your skincare routine for visible results and benefits.

What are Glycolic Acid benefits for skin?

Glycolic Acid is an ingredient which has many benefits for the skin and visibly improves its appearance. As it works to exfoliate the skin, Glycolic Acid can also help to visibly the skin tone and improve skin texture. Glycolic Acid is also known as an antioxidant ingredient.

Glycolic Acid to Exfoliate Skin

Glycolic Acid is a common chemical exfoliant for skin. Whilst the term chemical exfoliant may sound scary, a chemical exfoliant like glycolic acid can be a gentler exfoliant for skin in comparison to physical scrubs with beads or a gritty texture.

Glycolic Acid to Visibly Improve Skin Texture

As glycolic acid helps to increase skin cell turnover it can lead to visible improvements in skin texture for a smoother looking complexion. Glycolic Acid has been shown to improve the look of skin texture and visibly reduce the size of pores on the skin. Glycolic Acid can also help to visibly smooth fine wrinkles .

Glycolic Acid to Brighten Skin Tone

As it works to exfoliate the skin Glycolic Acid has also been shown to help visibly improve the skin tone. In studies Glycolic Acid has been shown to visibly brighten the skin tone and is known as an ingredient which can help fade existing dark spots.

Glycolic Acid and Sensitive Skin

One important note about Glycolic Acid: it’s a photosensitive ingredient which means it can cause increased skin sensitivity – especially to the sun. As such, make sure you wear your daily sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure.

Lancôme Products with Glycolic Acid

Glycolic Acid can be found in many different skincare products – including products within Lancôme.

Our Clarifique Exfoliating Face Essence is a dual exfoliating essence which works to both exfoliate & nourish the skin and contains Glycolic Acid in its formula. Glycolic Acid is dispersed in the clear active essence portion of this dual action exfoliating essence which contains Organic Beech Bud Extract, Glycolic Acid, and Salicylic Acid to gently exfoliate the outermost layer of the skin. The Lipidic Oil Essence portion contains ingredients like Grapeseed & Sunflower Seed Oil to help nourish & hydrate the skin.

Can you use Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid together?

Glycolic Acid (an AHA) can work together with Salicylic Acid (BHA) and it’s a combination you may find it in different skincare products. Both ingredients are regularly used for exfoliating skin and the combination together and can help to improve to visibly improve the appearance of skin tone, texture and radiance. A glycolic and salicylic acid combination serum has previously been shown to , even texture, and smooth skin. You can find glycolic acid and salicylic acid in our Clarifique Facial Essence.

Lancôme Clarifique Skincare

Our Clarifique line of skincare is formulated with French Beech Bud Extract for refined skin texture and smoother looking skin, with visibly improved radiance.

A counterpart to our Clarifique Facial Essence try the Clarifique Pro-Solution Brightening Serum formulated with 10% PHA (polyhydroxy acid), niacinamide, and beech bud extract (discover what Polyhydroxy Acid is).

Discover other skincare ingredients:

Salicylic Acid

Polyhydroxy Acid

Ferulic Acid

Vitamin C

Hyaluronic Acid


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