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 Medium depth peels are most commonly performed with glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), or Jessner’s solution, which is a mixture of lactic acid, salicylic acid, and an antiseptic exfoliant. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: Acids for Skin Care Ingredient Guide," 19 Nov. 2020 But knowing your mandelic acid from your glycolic acid can be overwhelming. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "To Scrub, Slough, or Chemically Dissolve? Experts Weigh in on the Ultimate Guide to Winter Exfoliation," 13 Nov. 2020 King is a fan of this peel containing .5-percent retinol and 14 percent glycolic acid, a popular type of Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA). Nicole Saunders, NBC News, "11 Best retinol creams and retinol serums for acne and wrinkles," 23 Oct. 2020 Each single-use pad contains 10% glycolic acid, as well as salicylic acid, vitamin K, bilberry and chamomile. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "How to Get Rid of Dark Spots on Your Face: Tips, Treatments, and Serums," 2 Oct. 2020 To start, use glycolic acid pads three times a week and work up to daily application. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "How to Get Rid of Dark Spots on Your Face: Tips, Treatments, and Serums," 2 Oct. 2020 Thus far, the Derm Intensives line includes skin care with 10 percent vitamin C, 10 percent glycolic acid, and 1.5 percent pure hyaluronic acid. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Exclusive: L'Oréal Paris Is Launching a New Retinol Serum for Under $40," 2 Oct. 2020 Sugar also contains natural glycolic acid, which works as a chemical exfoliant to help get rid of even more dead skin. Jennifer Blair,, "The best body scrub," 22 Aug. 2020 Well, all except for one: The Ordinary's glycolic acid toner — an under-£10 solution that caught my eye after my dermatologist, Dr Dendy Engelman, MD, recommended an AHA product to help treat my KP. Karina Hoshikawa,, "The £7 Toner That Miraculously Smoothed My KP Bumps," 9 July 2020

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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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23 Nov 2020

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“Glycolic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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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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