Best used for treating hyperpigmentation, these products — packed with glycolic acid — promote cellular turnover to remove the top layers of the skin revealing a brighter, fresh complexion, says New York City-based dermatologist Dendy Engelman. “Glycolic acid is the smallest acid in size,” she says. (This means it can get deep into the skin.) “It is very effective in breaking down skin cells and removing dead particles,” says Engleman. “It boosts collagen production and elastin production with the removal of waste and dead skin cells.” Bottom line: By removing these dead cells, healthy, glow-y skin is revealed.
There are lots of ways to incorporate this potent, effective acid into your at-home skin regimen. Peel pads make it quick and easy, though. We like Dr. Dennis Gross’ famous Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Daily Peel, which is a two-step peel pad drenched in exfoliating glycolic, lactic, malic, citric, and salicylic acids.
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