What you NEED to know about Glycolic Acid

Updated: Jul 21


1. What is Glycolic Acid – A powerful AHA (Alpha Hydroxy acid), Glycolic Acid helps to visibly resurface and exfoliate the outermost layers of skin, to leave a brighter and clearer complexion.

2. What does Glycolic Acid do to your face? When applied to the skin, glycolic acid works to break the bonds between the outer layer of skin cells, including dead skin cells, and the next skin cell layer. This creates a peeling effect that can make the skin appear smoother and more


3. What product is it paired with in the Medik8 range? – The Glycolic Acid comes in the same package with the Balance Moisturiser

4. What are the benefits when using together? - The powerful AHA (Glycolic Acid) is applied before the probiotic moisturiser (Balance Moisturiser) to supercharge the power of Balance Moisturiser in order to enhance the absorption of the moisturiser for maximum results.

5. How often do I use it? - For boosted performance and exfoliation, use Glycolic Acid Activator 2-3 times a week, or less depending on your skin's sensitivity. ONLY USE AT


6. How do I apply it? - After cleansing in the evening, apply 4-6 drops to the face, neck and décolletage. Once dry, apply Balance Moisturiser. Do not mix Glycolic Acid Activator and Balance Moisturiser directly. If using a serum, apply Glycolic Acid, then your serum, then the Balance Moisturiser last.

7. How does it work? - Glycolic Acid works to dissolve bonds between dead skin cells so they can be gently exfoliated away. This allows Balance Moisturiser to penetrate deeper into the skin, targeting the freshest skin cells with its blemish-busting actives.

8. Does it increase sun sensitivity? - Yes, because of its exfoliating benefits. This is why we recommend using a physical sunscreen DAILY to protect your skin against sun damage/pigmentation.

9. Does this replace a physical scrub? - Yes, you don’t need to use a scrub as well as the Glycolic Acid. We recommend only using either a chemical exfoliant (acid) or a mechanical exfoliant (scrub).

10. Is it harsh? No, it's a lot gentler on the skin compare to a scrub because scrubs can worsen broken capillaries and spread active breakouts

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