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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The glycolic acid in them gently exfoliates and helps turn over skin cells on your bum. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Say "See Ya Bye" to Body Acne with These Helpful Tips," 21 Mar. 2017 Use a product that contains a mix of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like lactic and glycolic acid, like ProX by Olay Nightly Purifying Micro-Peel ($29.54, Amazon.com) to gently remove the top layer of your skin, which will even out discolorations. Melissa Matthews, Woman's Day, "The Foolproof Anti-Aging Skin Routine," 24 Aug. 2015 Try using an over-the-counter salicylic acid or glycolic acid wash to prevent and cure blemishes — Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Face Cleanser ($14, amazon.com) is a good pick. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "5 Reasons You're Getting Back Acne — And How to Make It Go Away," 7 Dec. 2018 To zap it, use a glycolic acid or a .5- to 1-percent salicylic-acid cleanser — for oily skin, up to 2 percent — twice a day to unclog pores. Sally Wadyka, Redbook, "My Skin is Breaking Out Like a Teenager's, What Can I Do?," 8 Aug. 2011 This smoothing moisturizer, with 17.5 percent glycolic acid, evens skin texture, brightens and reduces the appearance of uneven skin tone. Hallie Gould, The Seattle Times, "6 top products for smooth summer skin," 26 July 2018 Chemical exfoliations use fruit enzymes or acids like glycolic acid, derived from sugar, and lactic acid, which is made from milk. Crystal Martin, New York Times, "Exfoliation Tips for the Best Skin Ever," 25 June 2018 There's also a new self-tanner remover, Tan-Luxe Glyco Water, which relies on glycolic acid to safely exfoliate away unwanted color, on shelves now. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Ashley Graham Apparently Removes Self-Tanner Streaks With Windex — Here's Why You Should Not Do That," 29 May 2018 For example, retinol and other exfoliating ingredients—salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and benzoyl peroxide—should not be used at the same time because the skin can get really dry. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "The 9 Best Skin-Care Tips I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Being a Beauty Editor," 13 July 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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