Glycolic Acid Lotion - The Top 3 Products That Work

A glycolic acid lotion is the easiest way to incorporate this beneficial ingredient into your skin care routine. I absolutely love this acid and think everyone should be using it.

Below are my Top 3 recommended products, with benefits of each and who they are good for: 

1. (Top Choice) MD Forte Glycolic Acid Lotion

MD Forte Facial Lotion

This is one of the best glycolic acid lotions available 'over the counter'.

With a whooping 15% concentration you will see significant results in a short time, and the longer you use it, the better your skin.

Best for:

Highly recommended for all skin concerns - but extremely beneficial for blackheads, cystic acne and premature aging (as well as 'already aged skin'!)

  • Because of the high percentage, start by using it every 2nd or 3rd night, and build up to every night once you are used to it (less tingling, no flaking/dryness).
  • A bit pricier than the above options, but well worth it for the stronger concentration and results. Only a very small amount is needed (pea sized), and not using it every day to begin with will make it last longer.
  • Also great as a spot treatment for blackhead prone areas - it will significantly reduce their appearance and with regular use completely clear them

I can't recommend this one highly enough, MD Forte Facial Lotion will change your skin!

2. Best Value - Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Glycolic Lotion

Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Glycolic Lotion

This lotion contain 10% glycolic acid and is one of the best priced products out there. You can't beat it for value.

It also contains a significant amount of Vitamin E which works as an emollient and provides extra antioxidant benefits - however it is still fairly drying so best for oily skin. 

It spreads easily so only a small amount is needed.

Fragrance free which is always a bonus - although some people may find the 'natural' smell less pleasant...

Best for:

  • Oily skin or those living in a humid climate. The light texture ensures it doesn't feel heavy, and absorbs easily.
  • This glycolic acid lotion can also be used as a spot treatment - if you have blackheads on your nose for example but the rest of your face is sensitive, apply it to this area only after cleansing, and follow with your normal moisturizer.
  • Because it's such a good price, it can also be used as a body lotion to smooth, hydrate and remove dark spots.

3. Best For Dry Skin - Aqua Glycolic Face Cream

Aqua Glycolic Face Cream

Another great product with a decent 10% glycolic acid concentration.

Best for:

Dry and sensitive skins as it contains an emollient (cetyl ricinoleate) - which counteracts the drying affects of glycolic acid.

Non-greasy - dry/dehydrated acne prone skins will also benefit.

Use it at night to start with. This might be enough to see a difference with this product. Build up to twice daily after two weeks for acne prone, pigmented or thick skin.

A very good choice if you have dry skin, Aqua Face Cream will give you the refining and clearing benefits of this acid in a soothing, hydrating emollient base. 

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