glycolic acid

noun
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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GH Beauty Lab test-winning L'Oréal Revitalift Bright Reveal SPF 30 also contains glycolic acid, a gentle exfoliant, as well as brightening vitamin C. 3. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "7 Tips to Get Glowing Skin, According to Skin Care Experts," 1 Aug. 2019 The Supernova Serum is used in Vargas’s Supernova Facial, which uses cryotherapy, blue-light LED devices, vitamin C serum, and glycolic acid for skin worthy of her clients, like Eva Mendes, Jenna Dewan, and Sofia Coppola. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "This Retinol Serum Promises to Make You Glow Like a Galaxy," 18 Apr. 2018 This facial leaves your face feeling super soft and helps to clear up any mild breakouts thanks to glycolic acids. Brittany Loggins, NBC News, "11 amazing items to make life easier — created by and for working moms," 14 Aug. 2019 The Serum, which took 75 trials before the exacting Mr. Ford gave it a green light, is fortified with gentle lactic and glycolic acids to brighten and smooth skin, as well as peptides to diminish fine lines. April Long, Town & Country, "Tom Ford Launches New Skincare Line Tom Ford Research," 12 Aug. 2019 Though there are different types of peels for various skin types and ailments, a safe bet is always one using glycolic acid. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "What is a Glycolic Acid Peel?," 27 June 2019 Aveeno Clear Complexion Pure Matte Peel-Off Face Mask Palm says this no-rinse mask is gentle yet effective, with ingredients including lactic acid and glycolic acid that target pimples and heal post-inflammatory pigmentation and redness. Christina Heiser, NBC News, "What are the best skin care products for acne-prone skin? Look for these key ingredients," 25 July 2019 When choosing yours, there are a few key ingredients to look for: Salicylic or glycolic acid: These ingredients help exfoliate the skin. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "5 Signs You're Dealing with Hormonal Acne—and How to Treat It," 2 July 2019 The tan eraser spray contains a dose of glycolic acid to dissolve the tanning pigments, along with moisturizing coconut and avocado oils to counteract any irritation. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "This Woman's Self-Tanner Fail Left Her Foot Orange," 17 Oct. 2018

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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

noun
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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