glycolic acid

noun
gly·col·ic acid | \(ˌ)glī-ˈkä-lik- \
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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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 Prism is a featherlight, essence-like elixir, made with all-natural fruit acids (malic acid from apple, salicylic acid from willow bark, glycolic acid from bilberry, vitamin C from kakadu plum, and orange peel) to gently exfoliate the skin. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Herbivore Botanicals' New Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion Is the Prettiest Serum of the Summer," 12 July 2018 Ones with higher concentrations of glycolic acid should be limited to once weekly. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "Once and for All: How Often Do You *Really* Need to Exfoliate?," 5 May 2015 Try a Gentle Scrub Created with ultrafine jojoba beads and exfoliating glycolic acid, this new face and body scrub sloughs off dead cells without overdrying and controls skin’s oil production. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "6 Ways to Get Rid of Acne for Good This Summer," 8 July 2018 Salicylic and glycolic acids should also be avoided unless discussed with your dermatologist or OBGYN. Allure, "11 of the Best Skin-Care Products for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers," 30 Mar. 2018 In what can only be described as a pair of plastic socks, the Baby Foot peel is packed with potent exfoliants like lactic and glycolic acid. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "O.M.G. It’s Baby Foot Season," 17 Apr. 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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