Benefits of Glycolic Acid Cream

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Using glycolic acid cream has benefits for all skin types, young or old. (Image: 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.

Exfoliation

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

Anti-Aging

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

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