Glycolic acid can be found in innumerable over-the-counter skincare treatments because of its effectiveness at exfoliating and renewing your skin. Like mandelic acid and lactic acid, glycolic acid is part of the alpha hydroxy acid family.

In particular, glycolic acid is able to better penetrate through the skin’s topmost layers, revealing the fresh, healthy skin underneath. As the outer layers of dull, dead skin are exfoliated away, cell renewal is accelerated, helping your skin heal from hyperpigmentation and the signs of aging.

Adding Glycolic Acid to Your Skin Routine

At Advanced Skin Therapeutics, we have an extensive line of treatments that contain glycolic acid, along with other skin-nurturing ingredients. AST carries medical grade products that contain higher percentages of active ingredients than can be found in over-the-counter products. The NeoStrata line is the most comprehensive, featuring products for every step in your skincare routine.

With Cellular Restoration, Apple Stem Cell Extract pairs up with AHA and peptides to delay the signs of aging by plumping and filling the skin. With the Foaming Glycolic Wash AHA 20%, (for experienced glycolic acid users) your skin will be deeply cleansed while glycolic acid and lactobionic acid goes to work smoothing fine lines.

NeoStrata’s glycolic exfoliator, Gel Plus AHA 15, is a light, non-greasy product that helps relieve rough, dry skin and promotes healthier looking skin, smoother texture, and a more even tone on oily skin. While not appropriate for those with sensitive skin, it is a powerful part of your skin-perfecting routine.

If you are new to using AHAs and glycolic acid, you can moisturize with a ride range of NeoStrata creams and lotions, including Glycolic Renewal Smoothing Cream AHA 10   and  Glycolic Renewal Smoothing Lotion AHA 10.  If you already have some experience using this skincare essential, you can opt for a more powerful formula, such as the Lotion Plus AHA 15% (also great for rough, bumpy skin on the body) or High Potency Cream AHA 20%. All of these products deliver intense moisture along with youth-reviving glycolic acid.

Our own line of pore-cleansing, exfoliating pads are available in 2% glycolic/2% salicylic, 5% glycolic/2% salicylic formulas, and 10% glycolic, 2% salicylic concentrations.

Glycolic Acid Peels

For the most intense glycolic treatments, there are a few at-home options that are only appropriate for those who have consulted with a dermatologist regarding techniques and concentrations that are appropriate for your skin type. The NeoStrata Perfecting Peel is a two-step kit that has been clinically proven to improve skin clarity and brightness and diminish fine lines. These peels are recommended for  weekly use. Smooth Surface Glycolic Peel Pads with 10% glycolic acid and Aminofil boosts your daily AHA regimen by refining skin texture, tone and minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

The most intensive results come from clinical application of glycolic peels. Our clinic offers chemical peels fine tuned to exactly what your skin needs in high concentrations not available outside of a dermatologist’s office.

A visit to Advanced Skin Therapeutics can help you discover which glycolic acid is right for your skin concerns and the results you wish to achieve.