This isn't the first time we're singing the praises of glycolic acid. As Craig Austin, MD, told MyDomaine, "Glycolic acids exfoliate the top layer of the skin (the epidermis) and penetrate into the second layer (the dermis) to repair damaged collagen and elastic tissue, improving the skin texture, pigmentation, and fine lines." He recommends regular glycolic acid peels to improve the appearance of wrinkles, large pores, scarring, and hyperpigmentation, among other issues.
If you want to get maximum benefits from this miracle ingredient, you might want to add one thing to your skincare routine: glycolic acid serums.
What Are Glycolic Acid Serums?
Glycolic acid serums are used for exfoliation, effectively removing the outermost layer of dead cells from the face in order to brighten the skin. Products containing glycolic acid are used often to treat scarring, discoloration, and signs of aging, such as wrinkles or fine lines.
With a ton of options out there, which one should you pick to get the best results? We scoured Sephora to find the top-rated glycolic acid serums.
Glowing Review: "I'm a Lancer devotee, and when I got a sample of this product, I immediately fell in love. After two weeks, I noticed my fine lines were barely even noticeable anymore. Recommend to anyone who wants to lose the lines and get an even-toned skin."
Rating: 5/5 stars
Glowing Review: "After two bottles of the serum, my large sunspots on my face are gone. I actually did see a difference in one week. My skin was so bright and skin tone much more even. I had very red blotchy skin. Now when I walk into Sephora to try different foundations, I have had 3 different workers tell me that my skin is so clear and bright I don't need a foundation."
Rating: 4.2/5 stars
Glowing Review: "I cannot rave about this more; this product has helped my skin so much. I have extremely sensitive skin that gets unbelievably dry in the wintertime. I just recently had a really bad breakout along my chin, and my forehead, and I used this product every other day, and it helped calm down the acne I had. I mix this with the B Hydra since I do have the dry skin and then add a few drops of Marula Oil in the extra dry spots and top it off with Origins Night-A-Mins. It is definitely worth the splurge, and one pump is more than plenty for the entire face."
Rating: 4.3/5 stars
Glowing Review: "Since I hit my twenties, acne has become an issue for me. I've tried all sorts of spot treatments, but honestly, this product is the only thing that has helped significantly. And on top of that, it makes my skin feel so much softer and look brighter! The only thing I dislike about it is the smell, but after a while, you get adjusted."
Rating: 4.3/5 stars
Glowing Review: "This is the greatest antiaging serum ever, and I have tried so many that I lost count. It doesn't smell like a bouquet of roses, but for the superb results I have received in 1 month, I'm more than happy to deal with it. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't smell horrific, but it just isn't the most appealing smell either. I've been using it for a little over a month, and the results are fantastic. The lines I had around the nose and mouth are 95% gone! My skin looks smooth and healthy. It's as if I reversed the aging process and look young again!"
Rating: 4.4/5 stars
Glowing Review: "As a busy mom, I don't always have time to do a good skin routine at night. I love that this is a serum and moisturizer in one so I can cut out a step at night and STILL take good care of my skin. The texture is light but feels hydrating." I have noticed my skin looking brighter and feeling softer.
Rating: 4/5 stars
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