🏆The must-have glycolic skincare products in 2020

Jun. 30, 2020
If you’re going to add glycolic acid to your skincare routine, you’re going to have to read this.
If you’re reading this you’re probably no stranger to the fact that some acids are used in skincare. A common one is glycolic acid. Recap on what it does, and read on to find out what I think are the best products containing glycolic acid out there this year.
What is glycolic acid and what does it do?
Naturally occurring and derived from sugarcane, glycolic acid falls into the alpha-hydroxy acid group of face acids. It’s a versatile chemical exfoliator that helps fight acne, blackheads and wrinkles. Being the smallest in molecular size, it can easily penetrate the skin and break apart the cellular glue that holds together dull and dead skin cells to reveal new and healthy skin from underneath – a process dermatologists refer to as desquamation.
Glycolic acid also stimulates collagen and elastin production, which are important for skin healing. So if you have dark spots that need to be faded, or a rough patch you want to even out, glycolic acid’s a good choice.
Must-have glycolic acid products
Product by treatment type
Best for Dark Spots: Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Overnight Cream
This cream presents a super combo or three ingredients: glycolic acid, papaya extract and vine sap viniferine. Made to reduce dark spots and acne scars overnight, it’s safe even for very sensitive skin. Its unique formula uses a time-released mechanism to slowly allow glycolic acid to penetrate your skin over the course of eight hours.
Best for Pores: Malin + Goetz 10% Glycolic Acid Pads
Soaked with 10% glycolic acid, you can literally feel yourself wiping your way to new skin with these pads. Look into the mirror and be wowed by the improved skin texture and clarity, with effects observable after your first use. Best used at night, simply place a pad over clean, dry skin for 30 minutes, being sure to avoid the eye and lip area. Simply rinse with water to neutralize.
Best Anti-Aging: Alpha-H Liquid Gold
An all-in-one toner, exfoliator, serum and moisturizer – it’s not called liquid gold for nothing. Fast-acting and powerful, you can consider this your go-to overnight facial. Liquid gold can diminish wrinkles, brighten your skin, improve your acne and reverse sun damage. All this while delivering its anti-aging benefits. 
Best by skin type
Best for Dry Skin: Biossance Squalane + Glycolic Renewal Facial
Suitable for all skin types, and even for dry skin, this product triples up as a peel, exfoliator and mask. Packed with a suite of skin-renewing AHAs, it also contains natural ingredients like bilberry, sugar cane and sugar maple extracts. Squalene’s added to help lock in that moisture. Users love the feel of the product – gentle mineral spheres polish and smooth the skin, making you look and feel the part!
Best for Sensitive Skin: Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser
This foaming cleanser is perfect for removing minor blemishes on your skin and for gentle exfoliation. Packed with herbal extracts like chamomile, St. John’s wort, marshmallow and sage, it is especially suited to those of you with sensitive skin. Recommended to be used 2-3 times per week. You’ll find it at a very affordable price on Amazon, where it boasts 75% 5-star reviews.
Best by product type
Best Glycolic Acid Pads: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel
If you’re looking for a peel that’s gentle enough to be used every day, look no further. Dr Dennis Gross’ known for its two-step peel pad system that makes it gentle yet effective. In no more than two minutes, you’ll see the powerful effects of the blend of five acids at work to even skin tone and texture, remove fine lines and wrinkles and reduce enlarged pores. Packed with vitamins A, C and E and topped with resveratrol, these pads are great at combatting signs of aging.
Best Toner: The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
This toner promotes your skin’s natural radiance by smoothing your skin texture. On top of glycolic acid, you’ll find a Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative to reduce irritation and Ginseng Root and Aloe Vera to soothe and further brighten the skin. You might want to find a less powerful formula if you have sensitive skin though. Priced at just $14.50, it turns out you can have your lunch and eat it.
Best serum: SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator Resurfacing and Replenishing Serum
Good for both exfoliation and hydration, this top of the range serum contains 20% glycolic acid is incredible and diminishing the appearance of fine lines, leaving your skin smooth and radiance. Use twice daily, apply 4-6 drops to the face. Suitable for use for all skin types. 
So there you have it, a directory for all the best glycolic products in one place. Are there any others that you think should have made it into the list? Comment and share with us below!
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