This isn't the first time we're singing the praises of glycolic acid. As Craig Austin, MD, told MyDomaine recently, "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. 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. Here's what enthusiastic reviewers had to say.
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 stars
Glowing Review: "Murad is one of my go-to brands because I have really sensitive skin and its products seem to work well for me. I am 'maturing' at age 42, have had two kids and was looking a little blah. Along with a few other products this really worked well for me. Made my skin clearer and got rid of my blotches from too much fun in the sun."
Rating: 4.5 stars
Glowing Review: "I started using this product a few weeks ago. I have dry, rough skin with large pores. It's worse in winter. I started using it—concentrating on my smile lines around my mouth and eyes, along with some lines on my forehead. Wow! What a difference! I highly recommend—just make sure you use it day and night."
Rating: 4.4 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 winter time. 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 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 stars
Glowing Review: "This is, hands down, the best glycolic acid product I have ever purchased. It is a clear liquid that goes on silky smooth, soaks in quickly, does not leave a tacky feeling on the skin, and it performs amazingly well. No irritation to my sensitive skin. In fact, it soothed my redness and gave my skin a nice glow. I hope they never stop making this product. The only thing I don't like is the packaging. The pump works well, but I would like to know what's in the bottle when it arrives."
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!"
Glowing Review: "This deep crease serum is amazing! I have used it faithfully for a week and a half, and the stubborn crease between my eyes are definitely better. The fact that it's made without parabens, a phthalate, is just beautiful icing. This brand really works!"
Rating: 4 stars
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