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Benefits of Glycolic Acid Cream

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Based in Blue Springs (MO), the ArmChairGeek has worked as a freelancer since 2007. An alumni of the University of California, San Marcos, he specializes in writing health-related eBooks, articles and other web content for a number of websites, including Demand Studios, eHow and WiseGeek.
Benefits of Glycolic Acid Cream
Using glycolic acid cream has benefits for all skin types, young or old. Photo Credit: David Oxberry/Photodisc/Getty Images

Glycolic acid is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid, or AHA, that can be an effective staple of any skin care regimen. A glycolic acid molecule is extremely small, enabling it to penetrate the skin more easily and deliver powerful results. While glycolic acid is often administered as a peel, using a glycolic acid cream can deliver greater beneft, since it is left on to be absorbed by the skin.

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Glycolic acid removes dead skin cells, clearing pores and allowing for greater absorption of vitamins and minerals.


Glycolic acid speeds the growth of collagen, a protein that contributes to the skins vitality and elasticity. Collagen, which

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