How Glycolic Acid Helps AcneAcne is inflammation of the hair follicle or blockage of the pore which causes whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, cysts and nodules, and when left untreated, can leave scar tissue on the skin. Our skin is made up of pores that have direct links to oil glands under the skin. Our hair follicles, which are smalls sacs that produces and secrete liquid, are the connection between the glands and the pores. These glands produce sebum that carries dead skin cells through to the surface of our skin. The follicles become blocked, and oil builds up under the skin. A combination of dead skin cells, sebum and hair that come together to become a plug within the follicle. Bacteria infects the plug, resulting in swelling. When the plug begins to break down, acne forms. It commonly appears on the face, back, chest, shoulders and neck. Although acne usually occurs during puberty, when the sebaceous glands become active, it can appear at any age. While a good diet and balanced hormones are both key components in keeping acne at bay, glycolic acid is a must-have ingredient for any acne sufferer’s skin regimen. Glycolic acid is naturally derived from sugar cane, and is used as an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) used in a wide range of skin products. It’s an acne sufferer’s best friend because of its exfoliating properties. When you use a product with glycolic acid, it helps to speeds up the process of exfoliating dead skin cells from the surface of your skin by weakening the “glue” that holds the cells together. It removes the top layer of dead skin, meaning that the healthy, living cells underneath can be revealed and new cell growth is encouraged. Glycolic acid properties also eliminate the build-up of oils and dead skin cells, so pores are less likely to clog up, resulting in less acne breakouts. Aside of lessening acne breakouts, glycolic acid’s ability to exfoliate and rejuvenate means that it helps to reduce the appearance of scarring left behind by breakouts, as well as smoothing fine lines and surface wrinkles. Glycolic acid will leave your skin looking and feeling smoother and brighter. You can expect skin to feel soft, supple, and have a beautiful glow. The benefits of glycolic acid for acne don’t stop there. By helping with the exfoliating process, it also helps the skin to retain moisture. Generally, acne prone skin can be quite dry, causing the overproduction of sebum (aka oil). Cane + Austin glycolic acid pads all contain different strengths of glycolic acid and will help target the root cause of acne and dull skin. You are sure to see your skin at its best.
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