18Sep 2015

What is Glycolic Acid?

Glycolic acid molecular formula is C2H4O3. And the cas is 79-14-1

Glycolic Acid

Its Synonyms are Hydroxyacetic Acid,acide hydroxyacetique;alpha-Hydroxyacetic acid;alpha-hydroxyaceticacid;HOCH2COOH,

Glycolic acid is a natural ingredient derived from sugar cane, though it is now often made synthetically. Glycolic acid has cosmetic grade and pharmaceutical Grade.

It falls into the set of ingredients called AHA’s, or alpha hydroxy acids. There are five ingredients that fall into the AHA category, Mr Bruce Guide to Dermatology explains as: glycolic (sugar cane), lactic (milk), citric (oranges and lemons), malic (apples and pears) and tartaric acids (grapes).

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