Improve Skin with Gylcolic Acid in Dr Perricone Skin Care

Gylcolic acid, or hydroxyacetic acid, is the smallest alpha hydroxy acid and is used in some skin care products, including Dr Perricone Skin Care. Glycolic acid can be found through isolation of such foods like sugarcane, sugar beets, pineapple, cantaloupe, and unripe grapes.

Wondering how glycolic acid can improve skin?

This article will discuss:

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Alpha hydroxy acids are a class of organic carboxylic chemical compounds. They occur naturally or can be produced synthetically. Alpha hydroxy acids are more commonly used in skin moisturizers, cleansers, toners, and masks to improve skin’s complexion.

Alpha hydroxy acids found in skin care products include:

  • Glycolic acid – sugar cane
  • Lactic acid – sour milk
  • Malic acid – apples and pears
  • Citric acid – oranges and lemons
  • Tartaric acid – grapes

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Glycolic acid and lactic acid are the more commonly used alpha hydroxy acids because they penetrate skin more easily because of their bioavailability characteristic. Also, more research concerning effectiveness and side effects has been done with glycolic acid and lactic acid.

Alpha hydroxy acids have also been linked to increasing collagen and elastin production for tighter, more contoured skin. For skin care products, the ideal concentration of alpha hydroxy acid is between 5% to 8%. Most over-the-counter products contain this low concentration of alpha hydroxy acid. Products with lower concentrations can be used daily. Using products with much higher concentrations around 10% and 50% can show more pronounced results, but only last temporarily. Some mild side effects from alpha hydroxy acid include skin redness, irritations, and flaking.

Glycolic Acid Uses

Glycolic acid can improve skin by:

  • Smoothing texture
  • Reducing wrinkles
  • Diminishing acne scars and hyperpigmentation
  • Treating sun-damaged, oily, and dry skin
  • Helping with actinic keratosis, hyperkeratosis, and seborrheic keratosis

Most often, glycolic acid is used in chemical peels. Chemical peels remove the damaged layers of skin to improve skins appearance, but some risks may come with chemical peels, as with most cosmetic operations. In addition, chemical peels must be repeated every 3 to 6 months to maintain results. Chemical peels can either be performed by a dermatologist or at home. The at-home chemical peel kits contain a much lower concentration of glycolic acid.

Topical creams formulated with glycolic acid work well to improve skin’s appearance because glycolic acid reacts with the upper layer of the skin’s epidermis to weaken the lipids binding properties which hold skin’s dead cells together. After the dead skin cells are separated, they can be easily removed to reveal softer, smoother skin.

Glycolic acid is also used as:

  • Intermediates for organic synthesis
  • Monomers in preperation of polyglycolic acid
  • Dyeing and tanning agents
  • Food flavoring agents and preservatives

Dr Perricone Skin Care with Glycolic Acid

Advanced Face Firming Activator from Dr Perricone Skincare is formulated with glycolic acid and can correct imperfections for more radiant and youthful skin.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycolic Acid, L-Tyrosine, Thioctic Acid (Alpha Lipoic Acid), Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), Isopropyl Palmitate, Triethanolamine, Hydroxylated Lecithin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Urea, Glycosaminoglycans, Ceteareth-20, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysorbate 60, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Bisabolol, Zinc Sulfate, Parfum (Fragrance), Dimethicone, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Pyridoxine HCl, Citric Acid, Pantethine, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, BHT, Tocotrienols, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Copper Gluconate.

A bestseller of the Dr Perricone skin care line, Advanced Face Firming Activator transforms skin to look more toned while preventing further skin damage. Using this cream twice a day can visibly resurface skin’s texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles , and enlarged pored, and reveal a radiant and healthy complexion.

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13 Comments • Please comment below


  1. I am 68 and have used Perricone products in the pass, I absolutely loved them, my skin looked so much younger unfortunately since retirement I can no longer afford to buy them. I would love to be a tester of the Perricone products. My advice is for anyone that can possibly afford them to do so. It makes such a difference.

  2. I remember in the 90′s going to Dr. Patterson’s office. Your products were in a glass case. I researched them some then but didn’t start using them. I recently bought a couple of items but would love to be a testor and would definitely share the good news with others.

  3. thanks for the advice Dr. Perricone! I had an actinic keratosis lesion removed from my face in late November, and am still trying to get the scar to heal nicely. I just read about using gycolic acid from Dr. P. I will definitely give this a try…am hoping it will work. Would love to try, and be a tester, for any Perricone products…would also love to meet him! any chance of him coming to the midwest any time soon?!

  4. advance skincare user but would like to try your product

  5. If you’re not using this yet… you need to… If I could attach a photo…I am a 13 year veteran of the product… it is a miracle cream…. do yourself a favor and buy it!! BTW, weigh the cost over two or even three months… the bottle lasts a long time! Then compare it to the cost of a cheaper version which would would have to bathe in to see any results!! You won’t be sorry!

  6. Was hoping to include a photo so you know whom u are choosing to test your products but I see no means of doing such, as I clicked on the blank, empty photo spot and it lead me to my site.

    Product testing is a top of the line job! I love it.

    Thanks again for possibly considering me.

  7. I am 52 and would love to try your products. I definately enjoy testing products and would love to find something that really works like claimed. All of your products definately look interesting and good quality. The website listed is only one of many I belong to.

  8. I would love to try your products, I have always instilled in my daughter to wash her face morning & night.
    I am a 411/2 year old that has break outs still monthly. Dove is the soap I use and Oil of Olay moisturizer.
    I would be interested in becoming a tester for you, I have 5 sisters 3 have acne really bad and have tried the store brand options. I would love to find something that would work for me but more importantly something to balance out there skin.
    Thank You for your time & considering me for a tester of your products.

  9. I am so interested in becoming a tester. I am 53&noone ever believes me. I have always been aware of my appearance&used nothing but good products. This is right down my avenue.Taking care of my skin was taught to me at a very young age.

  10. After reading your info about the product I instatnly realised that it would work for me. Glycolic acid will work well to improve my skin’s appearance as I have tiny scars left from my teenag, and beleive it adult spots. I tried all sorts before and did extensive research it seems like your product fits my skin perfectly. I would love to try it.

  11. I read Dr. Perricone’s book years ago but never started using the products(not sure there were any when I heard his information about anti-inflamation) Now I am becoming increasingly aware of the importance of such products and looking forward to trying them out. Thanks.

  12. I have problem skin and am always on the search for quality skin products and make up for oily skin. I would be very interested in becoming a product tester!

  13. I would be very interested in testing your products. I am an aesthetician who cares so much for keeping skin healthy. I am always looking for new products to do so.