Glycolic Acid Benefits: The Super Skincare Powers Of Glycolic Acid

Around the world, dermatologists recommend and celebrate the wondrous powers of glycolic acid for skin. One of the most studied acids, it boasts a number of proven benefits as a skincare ingredient. 

The “holy grail of exfoliation”

At the forefront of its many benefits is the acid’s ability to deeply exfoliate the skin. In fact, glycolic acid is considered the “holy grail” ingredient for exfoliation. It is made up of small molecules which allow easy deep penetration and exfoliation of the skin. It even has an incredible capability of penetrating deep into the hair follicles and releasing built-up sebum and proteins that lead to blackheads and breakouts.

Repairing skin damage and scarring

Next, to its undeniable exfoliating properties, glycolic acid is also widely celebrated for its restorative powers. It plays a critical role in aiding collagen production as well as replacing lost moisture, helping with healing and improving skin issues such as scarring and skin discolouration as well as plumping up signs of ageing including fine lines and wrinkles.

Kind on sensitive skin

Those with sensitive skin can rejoice as glycolic acid is safe to use daily and is known to cause little to no irritation. It possesses natural botanical properties ensures the ingredient can even be beneficial for skin conditions such as Psoriasis, Melasma and Seborrheic Keratosis.

A full range of Glycolic Acid products to Explore

Derived from sugar cane, this ingredient is a common feature in skin care formulas, but usually just as one of many. The dosage can vary significantly in concentration from product to product too. However, you can embrace the power of this natural acid through La Clinica’s very own range of concentrated glycolic acid skincare products. Glycolic acid is the primary ingredient in this range (excluding the Vitamin C Potent Antioxidant Oil), enabling you to take your skincare regime to a whole new level.

Our Gly C product range has already enjoyed huge success and has fast become the most sought after range of glycolic acid Australia wide. We are consistently trialling and testing additional applications and products using glycolic acid and already, we have an expansive collection of great products for you to explore. Some of our top customer favourites include:

Resurfacing Facial Cleansing Wash and Gel

Whether you prefer a cream cleanser or cleansing wash gel, we’ve got both options for you to consider. Our Gly C facial cleansers are premium quality products, gently removing impurities and pollutants from the skin and aiding skin problems such as blocked pores, coarse skin textures, blemishes, acne and oily skin. 


Shop the Glycolic Acid Wash Gel

Shop the Glycolic Acid Cream Cleanser

Resurfacing AHA/BHA Moisture Creams 

Our Stage 1 “Gentle” Moisture Cream is the perfect introduction to glycolic acid, deeply hydrating the skin, while refining and smoothing the texture. Once your skin has become familiar with glycolic acid, step up your skincare game with our Stage 2 “Refine” Moisture Cream. Our “Refine” moisturiser includes a 10% AHA, BHA & PHA Complex to ensure deep nourishment and powerful anti-ageing properties.


Shop the Resurfacing Stage 1 Moisture Cream with Glycolic Acid

Shop the Resurfacing Stage 2 Moisture Cream with Glycolic Acid

Resurfacing Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream with Glycolic Acid

This Glycolic Acid based anti-ageing eye cream gently exfoliates and refines the delicate skin around the eyes, leaving a fresher, younger appearance. 


Shop the Resurfacing Anti Wrinkle Eye Cream


Resurfacing Skincare Kits

Introduce yourself to an end-to-end skincare regime powered by glycolic acid with our microdermabrasion kits. Each kit includes all the full-size products you need to protect and care for your skin on a daily basis. We have two options available – Gentle for those new to glycolic acid or with sensitive skin and Active, for those whose skin is familiar with glycolic acid. 


Shop the Gentle Resurfacing Skincare Kit

Shop the Active Resurfacing Skincare Kit

Buy Glycolic Acid skincare online with La Clinca

Are you ready to embrace the powers of glycolic acid? Enjoy free shipping on all orders over $75 across Australia with international shipping options also available. The results and reviews of our Gly C products have been incredible and now it’s time for you too to join the Gly-C revolution.

At La Clinica, we provide the best Australian skincare products for the face and body. We use cosmeceutical active ingredients and our products range from cleansers, creams, face wash, face masks, oils, serums and more!


What does glycolic acid do to your face?

Glycolic Acid is applied topically and as it is absorbed into the skin it works on separating the connection that holds dead skin cells together. Basically this formula helps to remove the upper layer of skin by detaching it from the layer underneath. This process boosts renewal of your skin and will leave it looking clean and bright and feeling soft and supple. Introducing a glycolic skin care to your routine will aid with exfoliation which will unclog pores and help any scarring to fade.

Is it OK to use glycolic acid everyday?

Yes, but glycolic acid skin care products don’t necessarily need to be used every day to be effective. Depending on the product type and concentration, less is more is a general rule. With a night cream, you should begin using it once a week for a few weeks, and progress to three nights a week. Different skin will need different products, for acne prone skin, using a La Clinica glycolic acid cleanser once a day can help to clear it up. 

The glycolic acid creams that dermatologists use (20-70%) are more highly concentrated and remove more skin quicker than your at home products will. La Clinica glycolic acid peel products are designed for more frequent use and are just as effective. It is important to note that it is mostly about how each individual's skin reacts and what kind of routine is best for each person.

How long does glycolic acid take to work?

2 - 6 weeks, but a good point to remember is that everyone has different skin and it will react accordingly. A peel that your dermatologist applies will be higher in percentage of glycolic acid than a glycolic acid moisturiser you use at home. 

Consistency is key when using these products. Once you have figured out the best glycolic acid skincare products for you, and have a routine in place that you are seeing results with, then stick to it. Generally, your skin will have fully transformed at about the 6 month mark.

Which is better, retinol or glycolic acid?

The short answer is - one is not better than the other. They work quite differently to each other. Both products aid in the fight against ageing but you can’t use them at the same time. Glycolic acid products tend to be a lot more mild than retinol products. Retinol encourages skin to rebuild and glycolic acid loosens the bond between new and old skin cells. Both products can make your skin more photosensitive.

Can I leave glycolic acid on overnight?

It is better to use glycolic acid in the evening time as your skin will be able to recover and regenerate while you rest. A night time glycolic moisturiser will have a higher concentrated level of the active ingredient and can be left on overnight as this is its purpose. Make sure you use a lightweight sunscreen the following day as your skin may be more sensitive to the sun.

Do you wash off glycolic acid?

Depending on which glycolic acid skincare product you are using. A moisturiser you can leave on and not wash off. A face wash is designed to be on your skin momentarily and then washed off with warm water. A glycolic acid peel is also something that will be rinsed off after use in line with the specific product instructions. 

What does salicylic acid do to your skin?

This product from the family of salicylates specifically targets acne and black/white heads. When applied topically it works to shed the top layer of skin and decrease inflammation and discolouration. It penetrates the pores and gets deep into the skin while also speeding up the healing process.

What is salicylic acid used for?

Typically used for fighting acne and other problems that come with oily skin. It helps eliminate bacteria on the skin's surface that causes breakouts and dissolve keratin plugs to regulate the skin. Black and whiteheads are no match for salicylic acid. This wonder product has also been known to help with chronic dandruff.

Is salicylic acid safe?

Yes. Like any skincare product, different skin will have different capacities for the concentration of the active ingredient. It is always good to test a patch of skin to see if any irritation occurs. The products you use at home are much less potent than the ones a dermatologist would use. Also, it is great to speak to a dermatologist as they will be able to tell you if a certain acid is appropriate for your skin type or not. 

How long does it take salicylic acid to work?

Up to 6 weeks. A salicylic acid skincare product needs to be used regularly and safely to take full effect. It may be several weeks before you start to notice a difference in your skin’s texture and appearance. If you’re not seeing the results you expected after this period of time then it is best to check in with your dermatologist and they can recommend a course of action.


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