glycolic acid

gly·​col·​ic acid | \ (ˌ)glī-ˈkä-lik- How to pronounce glycolic acid (audio) \
variants: or glycollic acid

Definition of glycolic acid

: an alpha hydroxy acid C2H4O3 found especially in unripe grapes and sugar beets and used especially in textile and leather processing and in skin-care treatments especially as an exfoliant

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Recent Examples on the Web Gentle enough to use twice or even three times a week, these peel pads target surface texture and complexion with a 10 percent glycolic acid concentration. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 18 Nov. 2021 The combo of soothing manuka honey and exfoliating glycolic acid leave skin smoother and brighter without leaving any redness or sting. Erica Metzger, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Sep. 2021 Products that contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid, retinoids or sulfur may be eventually added to an acne treatment plan, depending on a person’s needs. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, 28 Oct. 2021 The potent trio of alpha hydroxy acids, marine hydroxy acids, and glycolic acid penetrate deeper than your standard at-home peel, and for the best results, use nightly for two weeks. Katie Chang, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Although retinol, vitamin C, and glycolic acid consistently stay high on people's wish lists for ingredients known to make a noticeable difference in their skin, there's always room at the top. Marci Robin, Allure, 4 June 2021 Chemical peels with collagen-boosting active ingredients such as lactic acid and glycolic acid can also help improve skin elasticity, says Dr. Farhang. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 28 Aug. 2021 Hartman recommends using an exfoliator with salicylic acid or glycolic acid to treat it, along with a ceramide-rich moisturizer, since skin with KP doesn’t trap moisture well. Janae Mckenzie, Glamour, 3 Aug. 2021 The formula uses glycolic acid to smooth and brighten dull skin. Allure, 21 July 2021

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First Known Use of glycolic acid

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glycolic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary glycol + -ic entry 1

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glycolic acid

variants: also glycollic acid

Medical Definition of glycolic acid

: an alpha hydroxy acid C2H4O3 that is oxidized to glyoxylic acid in photosynthesis, is used as an agent to produce chemical peels in cutaneous rejuvenation treatments, and is the major toxic metabolite in ethylene glycol poisoning

called also hydroxyacetic acid

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