Why you need Glycolic Acid in your life

Hello beauties,

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you would know I’m a big lover of Glycolic Acid! Today I’m going to share with you why I love Glycolic Acid and what are my favourite Glycolic Acid products.

Disclaimer, I’m not a skincare expert. All views are based on my personal experiences. I have oily/ combination skin and my main skincare concerns are blemishes and texture.

What is Glycolic Acid?

Glycolic Acid is an AHA that can easily penetrate into the skin. When its used on the skin it can penetrate deeper and assist in removing dead skin cells, ie. its known as a chemical exfoliant. As a result you’re left with a more youthful appearance.

While Glycolic Acid is used predominately in anti-aging properties, however it also assists with acne prone skin by decongesting the skin, encouraging cellular renewal and minimises the appearance of pigmentation.


Why I love Glycolic Acid?

When my skin was at its most problematic, I turned to Glycolic Acid to clear up my skin. And OMG it did wonders for my skin. All the research states that Salicylic Acid is better for acne prone skin, but personally I found Glycolic Acid worked better for my acne prone skin. What’s great about Glycolic Acid is, you see results almost instantaneously. After a couple of months using Glycolic Acid I found that my skin had less blemishes, I was producing less oils and my acne scarring was fading a lot quicker.

If you have sensitive skin, speak with a skincare specialist before using Glycolic Acid.

Favourite Glycolic Acid Products, ranked in order of preference:

Alpha H Liquid Gold

This is my holy grail skincare product for beautiful clear skin. This is great if you have problematic skin, are interested in anti aging products and have non-sensitive skin. Click here for a full review.

Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser*

If you have sensitive skin then a Glycolic Cleanser is the way to go as its not on your skin for long. Click here for a review of the Skinstitut range.

John Plunket’s Glyco Peel

Love that this is more of a serum so its great to take when I’m travelling. I would say this is almost as good as Alpha H Liquid Gold. Let me know if you want a review of this.

Nib + Fab Glycolic Fix Pads*

Great drugstore option! They come in single use wipes make it easy, convenient and surprisingly the wipes don’t dry out. I much prefer the Extreme formulation over the original one. Click here for a review of the original Nib + Fab Glycolic Fix Pads.

Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub*  

If you like a physical exfoliant then this is the one to go with. If you have sensative skin than you should probably steer clear of this. Click here for a review of the Skinstitut range.

Just a reminder, I’m not a skincare expert. All opinions are based on my own personal experiences with Glycolic Acid and the products mentioned. Let me know your thoughts on Glycolic Acid below x 

*This product has been provided for reviewing purposes, all views and opinions are 100% honest.

**Disclaimer: All opinions are based on personal experiences, and are not sponsored. rachelbeautystyle is not a make up artist, beauty or skincare specialist and will not be held liable for any recommendations. Therefore try at your own risk.

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15 thoughts on “Why you need Glycolic Acid in your life

  1. I have been loving the glycolic acid range from Skinstitut. The things it does for my skin!! And I agree with you on the salicylic vs glycolic acid thing. I think its because I’ve been using salicylic acid for so long now that my skin has built up a tolerance to it.


    1. I haven’t heard of those wipes, I need to check them out! I love hylauronic acid mainly in winter, but otherwise hydration really isn’t a major concern for me. Weird how skin changes over time and seasons x


  2. I love glycolic, and can’t live without my bi-weekly dose of LIquid Gold! I just picked up two boxes of the Extreme Nip + Fab pads – am sure I’ll love them!


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