It all begins with Alpha Hydroxies, a group of fruit extracts used since ancient times to beautify the skin. Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and has more beautifying effects on the skin than any other fruit acid. But it has always been a little too irritating to be used daily. Gly Derm. Valeant created a unique form of glycolic acid that actually enhances the beautifying benefits and decreases the irritation. You see, Gly Derm Glycolics help the skin retain more moisture, make it smoother, healthier and younger-looking. For more details, read on, and discover how Gly Derm can help give you the beautiful skin you've always wanted.
GlyDerm skincare products are uniquely formulated with esterified glycolic acid. GlyDerm's proprietary esterification process allows for a time-released delivery of glycolic acid. This distinctive process allows GlyDerm to deliver gentle, full-potency glycolic acid without the unwanted irritation and clinical unpredictability of other glycolic formulations.
Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid, a naturally occurring compound found in milk and some plants. Alpha hydroxy acids have long been used on variety of skin conditions, including photoaged skin, and to reduce the signs of aging in skin. Glycolic acid is derived from the sugarcane plant. It has the smallest molecular size of any of the alpha hydroxy acids, allowing it to easily penetrate the outermost layers of the skin.
A common problem with alpha hydroxy preparations has been that, while effective, they can be very irritating and drying to the skin. To combat these problems, many products rely on neutralizing a portion of the acid to make it more tolerable. Once an acid is neutralized, however, it is rendered ineffective and can no longer work to rejuvenate the skin. Formulations that reduce a portion of the glycolic acid through partial neutralization increase tolerability but sacrifice potency.
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