What Is Glycolic Acid For?

Glycolic Acid is a Alpha Hydroxy Acid that chemically exfoliates the skin. Hydroxy what-a-mejig…? I know, let’s not get too technical because no one will know what we’re talking about… including myself. Just like products containing those BHA or AHA Exfoliators, Glycolic Acid is a milder exfoliant. In a high percentage it can become a stronger exfoliant of course. But in this product below it contains 7% Glycolic Acid. This Product from The Ordinary is a Toning Solution. You’ll just put some on a cotton round and gently swipe across your skin. You don’t need to wipe it of or rins. Just leave it on and continue with your Skin Care Routine. Beware though that you shouldn’t use multiple chemical exfoliants on top of each other. They can react to each other and extremely irritate your skin. So make sure to only use one type of chemical exfoliant at a time. Not sure what to look for? No worries, scroll down to find all the names of chemical exfoliants so you know what to look for in/on your skin care products:)

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Don’t Mix These Chemical Exfoliators, Unless they’re in the some product.

  1. BHA
  2. AHA
  3. HA
  4. Glycolic Acid
  5. Lactic Acid
  6. Mandelic Acid
  7. Salicylic Acid

You’re perfectly fine to use any of these exfoliants on their own just don’t mix products please. When the actual product has multiple exfoliants mixed, that’s totally fine. You can trust the that the product is made in such a way the 2 or more exfoliants work well together and contain the correct percentages. Just don’t mix the products yourself, your skin will thank you:)

You might be wondering; ‘ok great, now I have a little list of all these different exfoliators but what do each of them do, and which one would be the best fit for me?’ Well, keep reading and find out what each of them do and are used for. Hopefully you’ll find a great product that fits your skin’s needs.

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Beta Hydroxy Acid goes a little deeper into your skin compared to AHA. It has the ability to clean out congested pores. In other words; whatever kind of dirt, make-up and/or spf has been stuck in your pores will be cleared out by an BHA exfoliant. Click Here: https://amzn.to/3hP7WDd to find a product containing BHA:)


Alpha Hydroxy Acid concentrates more on the surface of the skin, clearing up any dark sports or an uneven complexion. Both AHA and BHA are found in this (the ordinary) Product. I use it only once a month because of it’s potency. Make sure to only apply a thin layer to your skin and have it sit on there for just 10 minutes. Any longer and you will damage your skin beyond repair, so beware! My skin is so clean and soft afterwards, I have larger pores on my nose and forehead and I can feel and see such a big difference after using this product: https://amzn.to/3C4SGcI.

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HA + Lactic Acid

Lactic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid. When used in a 10% concentration it offers a milder exfoliation than BHA & AHA. For sensitive skin this is a better way to introduce your skin to chemical exfoliants. This product I found and have used before contains that 10% Lactic acid and is a great fir for people with sensitive skin or for people who are new to chemical exfoliants and want to slowly introduce their skin to it. Click Here: https://amzn.to/3AeHPMX to have a look at that product I just told you about:)

Glycolic Acid

Ah, the reason I started this Article; Glycolic Acid. I always do this. I start writing an article about something and I always wonder off into more or other things haha. I hope you don’t mind and find it helpful and/or interesting:) Anyhow, Glycolic Acid is also an Alpha Hydroxy Acid. In this 7% Toning Solution it offers a mild exfoliation and it’s a leave on product so no need to rins or wipe it off. To check out this product Click Here: https://amzn.to/3lqpciQ.

Mandelic Acid

In a 10% concentration it offers a very mild superficial exfoliation. So also great for beginners or people with sensitive skin. In this product from The Ordinary the Mandelic Acid is combined with an AH exfoliator. Mandelic Acid has larger molecules so it pernitrates the skin slower than other exfoliants. To have a look at this product I talk about Click Here: https://amzn.to/2Xnzqsq.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic Acid is a Betha Hydroxy Acid. This product from Paula’s Choice contains 2% Salicylic Acid (find link below). What SA does is clear the inside walls of your pores. With longer use, this product can really clear up your complexion and eliminate the appearance of blemishes. To shop my favorite SA product Click Here: https://amzn.to/3nRL2yy

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I think we got it, right? I covered a whole bunch a stuff and almost half of it was actually about what you came here for;) So I call that a win haha. Did this Article leave you with any questions or maybe you got some feedback for me, I’d love to hear it! Just pop your comment down below and I will get back to you ASAP! I have no life whatsoever so that’s why I can confidently say I will get back to you within 8 hours max;) Hope you enjoyed this article and please have a little browse around if you want to read more about skin care and/or Laser Hair Removal:) I loved having you here and even if you don’t have a question or feedback just come say hi in the comments, so I get some “human” interaction once in a while;)

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