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Glycolic acid is one of the hottest ingredients in skincare. Learn what it is and how it works in my first edition of “Beauty Ingredients Demystified.” Once you know more, you will probably want to try a product with glycolic acid. Here are 18 fantastic at-home products containing the popular ingredient.
OLAY REGENERIST NIGHT RESURFACING ELIXIR
This fragrance-free formula gently exfoliates overnight while hydrating and tightening with antioxidants and moisturizers. Available at Amazon, $22.54.
AVON ANEW CLINICAL ADVANCED RETEXTURIZING PEEL
These scrubby pads boast results similar to an in-office peel. Available at Avon, $22.
GLO PROFESSIONAL RETINOL CS
This fantastic serum combines retinols with glycolic acid to minimize the appearance of fine lines and promote a more even texture. Found on Glo Professional, $58.
SKINCEUTICALS PURIFYING CLEANSER
This gentle exfoliating cleanser is suited for normal or combination skin. Found on Skinceuticals, $34.
PETER THOMAS ROTH AHA/BHA ACNE CLEARING GEL
This cleanser combines 10% glycolic acid and 2% salicylic acid to fight blemishes, whiteheads, and blackheads. Get it at Peter Thomas Roth, $54.
GLYCOLIX ELITE TREATMENT PADS
These easy-to-use pads contain 20% glycolic acid and witch hazel for astringent benefits. Available at Amazon, $22.60.
NEOSTRATA FOAMING GLYCOLIC WASH
This potent 18% glycolic face wash is recommended for experienced glycolic acid users. Found at Neostrata, $40.
JAN MARINI BIOGLYCOLIC CREAM
This anti-aging cream with glycolic, salicylic, and azelaic acids promises reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduce acne breakouts, and refine skin texture. Available at Jan Marini, $65.
DDF 10% GLYCOLIC EXFOLIATING MOISTURIZER
Increase hydration and minimize fine lines with this 10% glycolic acid lotion. Found on DDF: Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula, $55.
GARNIER SKIN RENEW CLINICAL DARK SPOT OVERNIGHT PEEL
Glycolic acid and vitamin C work overnight to fade dark spots and reveal brighter, more even skin. Found on Garnier, $16.99.
BLISS THATS INCREDI-“PEEL”!
These overnight resurfacing pads are individually wrapped for ultimate convenience on the go. Available at Ulta, $49.
MARIO BADESCU GLYCOLIC FOAMING CLEANSER
Use this glycolic cleanser two to three times per week to exfoliate and brighten. Available at Mario Badescu, $16.
VICHY NORMADERM ANTI-AGING
Fights aging and acne-prone skin with glycolic acid, LHA, and vitamin Cg. Available at Amazon.
MALIN AND GOETZ 10% GLYCOLIC ACID PADS
Easy-to-use pads make adding exfoliation to your skincare routine a snap. Found on Malin and Goetz, $48.
DERMA E GLYCOLIC FACIAL CLEANSER
Shed old, dead skin cells with this pH-balanced cleanser. Found on Derma e, $7.95.
ISOMERS DAILY EXFOLIATING SERUM
This intensive serum renews skin with high levels of AHA and BHA. Available at Isomers, $30.
GLYTONE OVERNIGHT CREAM
This cream includes glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, collagen and avocado oil for the ultimate exfoliating and hydrating combo. Available at Amazon.