Ingredient of the Month - Glycolic Acid

Ingredient of the Month - Glycolic Acid

About Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid is a natural ingredient derived from sugar cane. It falls into a set of molecules known as Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs). There are 5 different types of AHAs; Lactic Acid from milk, Citric Acid from oranges and lemons, Malic Acid from apples and pears, Tartaric Acids from grapes, and of course Glycolic Acid, which is the most commonly used AHA, and it has a reputation of being one of the safest as well.

You’ll find Glycolic Acid in many chemical peels due to high percentages being very effective for skin treatments, and it is even safe enough to use on sensitive skins. A lower percentage of Glycolic Acid can be used in our daily skincare products. The skin needs to get used to AHAs, so it is best to start use low concentrations to start out, then with time you can increase the concentration without much risk of irritation or reaction.

It's important to note that you should always wear sunscreen, even more so when you're using AHA's like Glycolic Acid, as your skin is more susceptible to sunburn when you use facial acids.  

How can Glycolic Acid Help my skin? 


Glycolic acid increases cell turnover, so it sloughs away the dead skin built up on the very surface, and helps the new cells at a lower level surface to the top. Glycolic Acid ultimately the holy grail of exfoliators, it safely removes the outer layer of dead skin cells on your skin, bringing fresh, new skin to the surface of your skin. Glycolic acid is a great exfoliator for anyone looking to reveal younger looking skin, but it is much more than anti-aging product.


Glycolic Acid is ideal for anyone wanting to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Studies show that Glycolic Acid assists with boosting collagen production, which is brilliant for plumping up the skin. Collagen is a vital structural protein, helping the skin tissue remain firm and resist wrinkling. At low strengths, Glycolic Acid is the key ingredient to look out for when it comes to shopping for effective anti-ageing skincare product.


Glycolic Acid can even help those with acne-prone and blackhead-prone skin. The ingredient can penetrate deep into the skin, making it ideal for addressing cystic and regular acne breakouts alike - plus it almost seems to dissolve blackheads on contact. Additionally, the ingredient helps give pores a more miniscule appearance. When dirt, oil, and sebum are clogging your pores, they tend to take on a much larger appearance, Glycolic Acid and will clear the blockage and cause the pores to tighten.

Lightens Discolouration of skin

Products that contain Glycolic Acid are used often to treat skin discolorations such as acne scarring, skin sun spots or age spots. This is thanks to the exfoliation properties; skin cells are renewed which help effectively fade scars and spots caused by the sun or acne by evening out the scar and fading the discoloration.

How Does It Work?

In our opinion, Glycolic Acid can do no wrong when it comes to providing exceptional results for most skin types, and skin concerns. If you're nervous of using skin acids DIY style, don't be - while you might feel a gentle 'tingle' this is the acid getting to work on those dead skin cells. 

Once applied, Glycolic Acid reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis, weakening the binding properties of the lipids that hold the dead skin cells together, this is when a slight tingling may be felt. Glycolic Acid is made up of small molecules which can penetrate the skin deeply and easily, thus why this remarkable ingredient is so effective for treating fine lines, acne, blackheads, dullness, oiliness, and uneven texture – dead cells are eliminated to reveal smoother, brighter, younger looking skin. 

Pevonia Products with Glycolic Acids

Renewing Glycocides Cream

This highly smoothing formula reduces the appearance of fine lines, leaving skin rejuvenated, hydrated and soft. The glycolic acid works to loosen dead cells' bond preventing epidermal thickening and promoting a gradual daily exfoliation.

Problematic Skin Care Cream

It is excellent for preventing pore clogging and blackhead formation. Dead skin cells, impurities and toxicity build-up are gently eliminated on a daily basis, preventing hyperkeratinisation. Recommended for acne/problematic skin. Excellent for men. UV Protection.

Spot Treatment

A true on the spot acne fighter with efficacy and visible results. Powerful active ingredients reduce bacterial formation and activity while soothing irritability and preventing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. As a comedolytic, it declogs pores and keeps them clear from any hyperkeratinisation

Power Repair Eye Contour

A radical treatment to fight wrinkles, crepiness and slackening of the eyelids. Containing Collagen, Elastin, Squalane Oil and Hyaluronic Acid this non-greasy fluid is nourishing, regenerating and moisturising. Green Tea Extract offers anti-irritant, whilst Vitamin E provides a feeling of freshness and anti-fatigue.

Evolutive Eye Cream

Specifically formulated with botanical extracts, this nourishing and repairing eye cream impressively nourishes and firms the eye contour while softening and smoothing skin texture. Greaseless and firming, it also minimises fine lines whilst offering UV Protection.

Multi Active Hand Cream

This light-textured, non-greasy cream protects and hydrates the skin. It helps the hands withstand cold weather and 'hard' water. The Glycolic Acid keeps the skin's surface smooth by promoting a daily light exfoliation. Rich in Vitamins A and E, it combats ageing signs within the cuticle.

Multi Active Foot Cream

A multi-functional cream that promotes daily exfoliation through the use of salicylic acid and glycolic acid. The salicylic acid and tea tree oil provide an antiseptic effect, keeping the feet bacteria-free, deodorised and refreshed. Shea Butter provides healing and moisturising benefits.

Pevonia Treatments with Glycolic Acid

Micro-Retinol Peel

A dynamically anti-ageing facial treatment featuring a unique formula to reveal an evenly toned, porcelain-smooth complexion. This high performance treatment combines a deep cleansing, potent yet gentle peel, and Micro-Retinol treatment to recapture smoother, denser and younger-looking skin - instantly. Suitable for all skin types except Sensitive and Acne.

Lacto-Flora Peel

This innovative facial peel uses Lactic Acid which is extremely compatible with human skin enabling greater results. This acid will gently exfoliate and hydrate as it possesses strong moisturising properties, this teamed with Pyruvic Flower Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Green Tea makes it suitable for most skin type’s, in particular uneven texture, thickened epidermis and hyper pigmentation. It will also control Acne as it reduces sebum production and pore clogging.  Recommended for all skin types.  Must avoid if lactose intolerant/dairy allergy

Wellness Grounding Foot Soak

This foot bath ritual allows you to feel relates while your therapist grounds your physical soles to your spiritual soul. The natural sea salt and algae found in this treatment deliver corrective therapy for the feet., which are often neglected yet are prone to fatigue, accumulated dead skin cells, and excess perspiration. Provide your feet with the care and attention they deserve by going barefoot confidently to reveal fresh, silky-soft, hydrated feet.

The above treatements are offered at Pevonia spas throughout the UK and Ireland and the homecare products can be purchased from


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