Glycolic acid powder (79-14-1) video
Glycolic acid powder (79-14-1) Specifications
|Product Name||Glycolic acid powder|
|Chemical Name||▪ glycolic acid
▪ 2-Hydroxyacetic acid
▪ hydroxyacetic acid
▪ Glycollic acid
|Brand Name||Glycolic acid|
|Drug Class||Beauty peptide|
|Monoisotopic Mass||76.05 g/mol|
|Melting Point||75-80 °C(lit.)|
|Color||White to off-white powder|
|Solubility||H2O: 0.1 g/mL, clear|
|Application||Glycolic acid powder is mainly supplemented to various skin-care products to improve the skin’s appearance and texture. It can also reduce wrinkles, acne scarring, and hyperpigmentation.|
Glycolic acid powder (79-14-1) Description
Glycolic acid powder is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid (or AHA) that’s derived from sugar cane. It joins other acids you might recognize, such as lactic acid (derived from sour milk and purportedly a favorite of Cleopatra’s), tartaric acid (from grapes), and citric acid—which, you might guess, comes from citrus fruits.
But it’s unique. “Of the AHAs, glycolic is the simplest in structure and the smallest; it has the lowest molecular weight,” says Kenneth Howe, M.D., a dermatologist at Wexler Dermatology in New York City. That small molecular weight means “it’s easy for it to penetrate your skin and be super effective,” says Alix Shapiro, skin therapist at Heyday in NYC.
Glycolic acid powder has the smallest sized molecules of all the alpha-hydroxy acids. Because of these super tiny molecules, glycolic acid can easily penetrate the skin. This allows glycolic acid powder to exfoliates the skin more effectively than other AHAs. Glycolic acid powder works by speeding up cell turnover. It helps dissolve the bonds that hold skin cells together, allowing dead skin cells to slough off more rapidly than they would on their own.
Glycolic acid powder also stimulates your skin to create more collagen. Collagen is the protein that gives skin its firmness, plumpness, and elasticity. (Collagen is also the protein that gives strength to your bones and connective tissues.) As you age, collagen production naturally slows down. It’s also destroyed by excessive sun exposure. Using glycolic acid powder regularly can help prevent this breakdown of collagen.