The only ingredient aside from glycolic acid in this exfoliant is water, so you know you’re getting a hefty dose of the good stuff. Glycolic acid is a fan-favorite skin-care ingredient because it does more than just exfoliate. Yes, it works by dissolving the outermost layer of dead cells, leaving your skin brighter and glowier, but it also boosts collagen production in order to help smooth out wrinkles. That makes it—and this product—a smart pick for those with more mature skin who are looking to restore a youthful glow and texture. However, the concentrated formulation may not be a good option for those with sensitive or easily irritated skin.
7.5% Glycolic Exfoliator
A chemical exfoliant that contains only water and glycolic acid at an effective 7.5% concentration, to even skin tone, increase radiance, and reduce lines and wrinkles over time
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What you should know:Treats these skin concerns:
Ideal for these skin types:
- excess oil
- large pores
fragrance-free, gluten-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, sulfate-freeSuitable for these skin tones:Fair Type ILight Type IIMedium Type IIITan Type IVBrown Type VDeep Type VI
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- Exfoliating is an important part of any skin-care routine, particularly as we age and the rate at which our cells turn over slows down. Regular exfoliation removes the buildup of dead cells so that skin looks brighter, smoother, and more radiant. It also ensures that the active ingredients in any other products you’re using are better able to penetrate.
- Exfoliants can be either chemical or mechanical (these use small particles to physically slough off dead skin). Which one you choose is a matter of personal preference, though many chemical exfoliants, including the glycolic acid in this formula, offer additional benefits on top of exfoliation, giving you more bang for your buck.
Apply a small amount to skin after cleansing. This can be used nightly, but if you notice any redness or irritation, scale back to every other night.RealSelf tips:
Those with sensitive skin may be better served by a gentler option, such as ClarityRx Detoxifying Charcoal MicroExfoliant or ClarityRx 10% Lactic Acid Solution.
While regular exfoliation is a good thing, too much exfoliation is not. Use only one exfoliating product in your skin-care routine at a time, particularly if it’s meant to be used daily.
Avoid using other potent ingredients, such as retinoids, at the same time as acid-based products, such as this. For example, if you use a retinoid nightly, apply this exfoliating cleanser in the morning and use a gentler cleanser, like ClarityRx Cleanse Daily, in the evening.
Alpha hydroxy acids, such as the glycolic acid in this formula, can make your skin more susceptible to the sun, so be extra diligent about using sun protection daily.
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Glycolic acid: One of the most popular alpha hydroxy acids, it also has the smallest molecular weight and can better penetrate skin, making it more potent than others. (Note that this, in turn, ups the potential for irritation as well.) By dissolving dead cells on the surface of the skin, it leaves your complexion brighter, more even, and more radiant. But its benefits aren’t limited to the surface of the skin. It’s also known to work on the deeper layers, where it can help stimulate collagen production, so continued use may also result in some line-smoothing benefits as well.
Purified Water, Glycolic Acid