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Glycolic acid and its effects on acne

Glycolic acid is a natural product of sugar cane which has been proven to help dermatologically treat and improve the texture and health of skin. Using it as peels or for exfoliation helps remove the outer epidermis or skin layer to give you shiny and younger looking skin.

It works by chemically loosening all the bonds between the top skin cell layers to provide for quick exfoliation and in the process, encourage new skin cell growth and remove dead or damaged cells. This in turn gives the skin a new, refreshed glow while reducing all acne side effects.

Besides, glycolic acid peels also help reduce acne breakouts. However as there is always a chance of chemical peels causing skin irritation, and redness, it’s not advised to use it on acne or any open skin sores.

Acne reduction

By helping with the exfoliation or shedding of dead skin cells on the epidermis surface layer, glycolic acid helps prevent the cell build-up on the skin which leads to a dull complexion and clogged pores.

As oily and acne-prone skin is naturally slower at natural exfoliation, the skin is susceptible to enlarged and clogged pores which cause nodular acne, blackheads and whiteheads. Dermatologists state that acne flare-ups can be prevented through increased natural skin exfoliation.

Reduced scars and pigmentation

Those suffering from acne know that it can lead to pitted, colored or pigmented skin scars. It has been recommended by the CNN Health website to use glycolic acid skin peels to gently remove older and surface skin cells. This helps provide for a gradual improvement of skin color blemishes and mild acne scars.

The benefit of doing this is that exfoliation provides for increased skin cell turnover which quickly helps reduce the scars caused by acne. Skin cream or glycolic acid peels can lead to a subtle change in the skin by peeling away cell layers over time to give your skin an improved complexion and texture.
Increased skin moisture

One of the main reasons for most skin problems like dry skin and chapped skin is loss of moisture. Glycolic acid can help treat this problem by reducing skin inflammation through early promotion of removal of dry and flaky skin cells to consequently lead to an increase in the skin’s moisture content.

All this helps balance the skin’s sebum or oil production as excess and tapped skin sebum only leads to clogging of pores, reduced exfoliation and skin inflammation in acne-prone skin. Moisture is essential for all skin types, including oilier complexion as its moisture which maintains healthy and balanced skin cells.