Ask a dermatologist Does glycolic acid stimulate collagen production?

Juju Ivanyuk glowing skin Does glycolic acid stimulate collagen production?

The question

Jody writes:

I just bought the Dermaglow Radiance Glycolic 10% Gentle Peel Solution for melasma, anti-aging benefits and glow/radiance. Will glycolic acid stimulate collagen production as well as retinoids have been proven to?

The answer

Dr. Nowell Solish says:

Retinoids are the “gold standard” for stimulating collagen. In North America they are by prescription only. There are some negatives when using them, though: they can be drying, irritating and not everyone can tolerate using them every day.

Glycolic acid does a better job at surface changes such as making the skin smoother and helping a bit with colour.

For melasma, retinoids or bleaching creams would be recommended.

For glow/radiance you can use the glycolic acid or try a peptide cream.

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Disclaimer: This information is for general purposes only and is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice relative to your specific medical condition or question. Dr. Solish recommends that you consult your physician or other medical professional for insight into your specific condition and medical options.

1 Comment

Friday, April 12/2013 at 9:55 am

I bought Peter Thomas Roth’s 10% Glycolic Toner from Sephora and it was good for a bit and then became waaaaay too much for my skin to handle everyday. I went for a facial a few weeks ago (she used Skinceutical products, yeehaw! Age&Blemish serum is ah-mah-zing!) and the facialist recommended cutting down my usage to maybe once a week. I haven’t plucked up the courage to use it again yet but I plan to this weekend. Remember it acts as an exfoliant!


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