Not all glycolic acid products work to get rid of wrinkles, crepey skin, lighten age spots and skin barnacles or unclog pores. Learn why and find the best products to brighten your complexion and treat wrinkles, age spots, and acne all at once.
For non-prescription anti-aging skin care, glycolic acid products are the best for fixing many of the most stubborn skin problems that occur as your skin ages. Add a broad spectrum zinc oxide sunscreen along with the right glycolic acid product and you have a powerful anti-aging skin care routine. We love professional level glycolic acid products in my office because they are:
- One of the best non-prescription anti-aging wrinkle creams you can use.
- One of the best products to unclog your pores and fight blackheads and acne.
- A skin brightener that works almost overnight by exfoliating and enhancing your skin using natural chemistry to reshape the outer dead skin cell layer in a way that almost polishes it to a shiny lustre. This means you can get instant gratification when you add glycolic acid to your skin care!
- A deep skin hydrator to give you more youthful, supple and hydrated skin. It does this by stimulating your skin to produce hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is natural and important for moist, healthy skin that looks its best.
- An excellent skin lightener that works by sloughing dead cells which hold excess melanin in melasma, age spots and skin barnacles. When patients ask me how to remove age spots and fight irregular skin pigment on the face and body skin I always incorporate glycolic acid into their complete skin care routine.
Glycolic acid is available in professional strength products as facial and body creams and lotions. When you use these products in your complete skin care routine they act as powerful skin lightening products that fight crepey skin, wrinkles and skin roughness, moisturize dry skin and brighten skin tone.
With so many benefits, you can see why glycolic acid is an important component in so many facial and body skin care products.
And, it’s natural! Yep, glycolic acid comes from sugar cane. It’s one of the alpha hydroxy acids that people have used since Cleopatra’s time.
How do you tell if a glycolic acid product will work?
Don’t be fooled. Not all glycolic acid products deliver results. Product pH and free acid content determine effectiveness. You can’t tell this from reading the product label. Only the lab that made the product knows this information and it takes effort to find it.
Even if the percentage of glycolic acid is listed on a product you still don’t have enough information to judge a glycolic acid product. It’s the chemistry of all the ingredients together that determines how much ‘free’ glycolic acid is in a product to fix your skin problems.
My glycolic acid creams and lotions have high ‘free acid’ content; they are the most powerful products available for home use. These are the products that I’ve used to treat my patients for years in my dermatology practice. My family and I have also used these products for years. In fact, my entire family has at least one of these glycolic acid products in their personal complete skin care routine.
I’m a big glycolic acid fan. I've watched products come and go and change over the years and I know that the glycolic acid products I have on DrBaileySkinCare.com are the best available. Without fail, these products deliver the best results for all those benefits I listed above.
How do you pick the right glycolic acid product for your skin type?
Pick your facial glycolic acid skin care products based on your skin type (oily, dry, normal, or combination skin). Add one of my zinc oxide sunscreens, also based on your skin type, and you have a powerful anti-aging skin care routine that will transform your complexion and fight skin aging over the course of your lifetime. To make your choices simple, I have three types of glycolic acid skin care kits:
- Oil Free Glycolic Acid Kit with a light oil-free face lotion for oily skin. I also offer a maximum strength version of this kit for those that have used the lower strength product already and are ready to work up in strength.
- Dry Skin Glycolic Acid Kit that contains a rich hydrating face cream for extremely dry skin. I also offer a maximum strength version of this kit.
- Glycolic Acid Kit for Normal or Combination Skin that has a light and oil-free face cream. This is my most popular glycolic acid kit.
My glycolic acid creams and lotions also offer different strengths of glycolic acid so that you can start on the lower strength product if you're new to glycolic acid and work up in strength as your skin adjusts.
How do you combine glycolic acid products with other products for even more anti-aging and acne fighting results?
Finally, if your goal is to use the most powerful anti-aging products possible for your skin, consider combining one of my Glycolic Acid Kits with my Retinol Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream.
Use your Glycolic Acid Kit products during the day followed by one of my Facial Zinc Oxide Sunscreens and use the Retinol Cream at night. If you have really tolerant skin you can layer the Retinol Cream followed by the Glycolic Acid Cream at night.
To get every single proven age-fighting ingredient into your complete facial skin care routine, you will want to combine:
- My Antioxidant Antiaging Skin Care Kits
- A Glycolic Acid Kit for Normal or Combination Skin
- Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream
Use the Antioxidant Antiaging Kit during the day. Use the Glycolic Acid Kit products at night, and then layer on the Retinol. Sensitive skin complexions may need to work up to this powerful routine. My kits come with instructions for step-up therapy to build skin fitness.
This really is the best of the best from science and nature for today's intelligent anti-aging skin care. Whether you choose glycolic acid alone or in combination with my Antioxidant Kit and/or my Retinol Cream, the results are astounding!
What is the best way to use glycolic acid on your body skin?
Know that all the other proven age-fighting ingredients such as vitamin C and Retinol are difficult to formulate into products that have meaningful penetration through thick body skin. This means that your best results are going to come from using powerful professional glycolic acid products like those in my Glycolic Acid Body Kit.
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Maximize your anti-aging benefits by adding glycolic acid to my Antioxidant Anti-Aging Skin Care Kit. Use Glytone Facial Cream 2 for dry skin and the best anti oxidant anti aging skin care products made. Have confidence that you're using the best products that skin care science has to offer!$290.70
This is the perfect combination of products for effective anti-aging glycolic acid skin care for oily skin.$69.00
Strong professional strength glycolic acid skin care products offer the best anti aging skin care treatment for reducing wrinkles and lightening age spots.$61.00
Strong professional strength glycolic acid skin care products offer the best anti aging skin care treatment for reducing wrinkles and lightening age spots.$75.00
AHA therapy with a light water base for oily skin. I have patients use it to improve acne and rejuvenate skin.$32.00
This rich hydrating face cream is perfect for people with dry skin that have used lower strength glycolic acid products and are now ready to move up to the strongest level.$42.00
This kit includes Glytone Mild Gel Wash, Buf Puf Facial Sponge, and Glytone Facial Cream 3 (20%).$77.00
Professional products to remove painful calluses and unwanted dry, hard, rough, and cracked dead skin from your feet.$50.00
This is an excellent exfoliating foaming cleanser that preps the skin for glycolic acid creams and lotions. It's an excellent cleanser for acne treatment or to exfoliate as part of an anti aging skin care regimen.$28.00
The same light water base for oily skin as in the Glytone Exfoliation Lotion #2 but with a stronger level of AHA therapy. I have patients use it to improve acne and rejuvenate skin. I recommend conditioning the skin by beginning with Lotion #2 and then advancing to #3.$34.00
An extremely hydrating glycolic acid cream. It's a perfect starting point for beginning AHA therapy for dry skin types.$40.00
Our Dr. Bailey SKIN Oil Off Cleanser, formulated for sensitive skin types. This 2% Glycolic Acid/2% Salicylic Acid foaming cleanser is strong enough to remove oil and debris from clogged pores while remaining gentle enough for most sensitive skin.$17.50
This is the perfect combination of products for effective glycolic acid anti-aging and acne skin care for oily skin.$67.00
Tolerant skin benefits from the high concentration of acne medicine in the Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit, Extra Strength.$55.00
Enjoy the maximum benefits of glycolic acid to brighten your skin and treat age spots using Glytone Facial Cream 3 with the highest level of glycolic acid that I recommend for home use plus my Antioxidant Anti-Aging Skin Care Kit. Use Glytone Facial Cream 3 for dry skin and the best antioxidant anti-aging skin care products made. Have confidence that you're using the best products that skin care science has to offer!$292.70
Tolerant skin benefits from 10% glycolic acid, which I think is the ideal concentration to loosen black heads. These medicated pads perform this feat while lifting oil and debris from the skin.$21.25
Replace your normal body wash or body cleanser with the Glytone Body Wash for velvet soft, smooth skin on your entire body. I recommend using Glytone Body wash in combination with the Salux Wash Cloth or a Buf Puf Body Sponge.$24.00
This extremely strong 10% Glycolic Acid/2% Salicylic Acid foaming cleanser is the strongest acne cleanser I recommend. Regular use dissolves oil and black heads. It's ideal for tolerant skin.$21.25
Most regular acne products are irritating to sensitive skin, but this acne treatment kit delivers the best acne medications at levels that are appropriate for sensitive skin.$47.50
This incredibly powerful glycolic acid cream is the super hero when it comes to getting rid of unwanted rough and thick skin on your feet; nothing, including prescription products, comes close!$43.00
These high tech antioxidant anti-aging skin care products will brighten skin, help reduce wrinkles and age spots while protecting your skin from the sun and every day stresses. Enjoy the benefits of Glycolix Facial Cream with glycolic acid as part of this skin care kit for normal skin.$273.70
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Everyone can have soft, velvety smooth skin on their entire body. All it takes is really good body exfoliation!$61.00
With a free glycolic acid value 17.5% you will exfoliate away rough skin and age spots! My absolute favorite body care product. This is the most effective glycolic acid body moisturizer that I have found.$32.00
2% Glycolic Acid and 2% Salicylic Acid acne treatment medicines are strong enough to treat stubborn acne but gentle on sensitive skin.$17.40
This rich soap-free cleanser brightens your complexion and leaves your skin silky smooth and ready for your treating and correcting products. Ideal for all skin types including oily skin because it gently but thoroughly removes product, oil, dirt and debris from the skin surface. The glycolic acid in this cleanser prepares your skin for the application of additional gycolic acid creams and lotions by balancing pH; fight keratosis pilaris, age spots and dry flaky rough skin with AHA cleansing, correcting and hydrating steps in your complete skin care routine.$28.50
Complete professional-strength treatment for fast results!
This combination skin treatment is proven to improve body skin problems including keratosis pilaris (chicken skin), seborrheic keratosis (age barnacles), and solar lentigines (liver spots). This treatment is also the best self-tanning skin primer for even and professional results.$61.00
No active ingredient beats glycolic acid for fast results when it comes to smoothing skin texture, creating a youthful and dewy skin luster, and lightening age spots. The ‘devil is in the details’ though when it comes to comparing glycolic acid products. This Glycolic Acid Lotion works beautifully to smooth out keratosis pilaris, soften seborrheic keratosis (age ‘barnacles’), and hydrate flaky and rough dry skin. It’s also a great back acne lotion to loosen blackheads.$32.00
Eco-friendly beads combine with AHA and BHA to instantly brighten your complexion. Loosen dull dead cells and uneven pigmentation. Renew skin luster to a more youthful glow and instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.$41.50
The perfect AHA face cream for normal and combination skin.$28.00