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Skincare Science: Is glycolic acid the secret to a healthy glow?

By Fiona Embleton

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Glycolic acid is likely to crop up in several products in your bathroom. But it’s perhaps the most underrated of all AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) in terms of potency and results

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Much is made of glycolic acid’s resurfacing properties – and yes, these are truly transformational if your skin is dull or rough as it helps to shed the topcoat of dead cells more speedily. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Glycolic acid can also make a difference to fine lines; it can help pigmentation to fade and boost collagen production for plumper skin, making it a formidable ingredient to have in your anti-ageing arsenal.