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Est-ce-que l'acide glycolique fait ressortir les boutons ?

Does glycolic acid cause pimples to surface?

Glycolic acid and the emergence of pimples, it's normal!

Yes, it can happen that the application of a glycolic acid treatment may cause pimples to surface, but this does not mean that its use should be discontinued, quite the contrary!

When regularly applying a treatment containing active ingredients that boost cell renewal, such as glycolic acid, the microcomedones that are forming will all emerge a few days later. This phenomenon is referred to as "the purge".

As a reminder, a natural cycle of skin cell renewal lasts approximately 28 days . However, this can vary greatly depending on the individual, ranging from 3 weeks to 8 weeks! During this cycle, new cells are born at the level of the basal layer, which is thedeepest layer of the epidermis. As the cycle progresses, these cells migrate to the surface of the skin. During this process, they lose their nuclei and transform into dead cells. They then form the horny layer, the most superficial layer of the epidermis. The dead cells or keratinocytes are then shed (either naturally, or through chemical or mechanical exfoliation), and a new cell cycle begins.

28 days is therefore the average time it takes for the skin to regenerate. However, when this time lengthens, dead cells accumulate on the skin's surface and clog the pores. If this is combined with hyperseborrhea (overproduction of sebum), we can then see the appearance of microcomedones. These can either disappear on their own or evolve into whiteheads, blackheads, papules, or pustules. The formation time of a microcomedone is directly correlated to the time it takes for the skin to naturally exfoliate, which is on average 28 days as previously explained. By accelerating this exfoliation time, glycolic acid therefore speeds up the formation rate of microcomedones which "resurface" more quickly but also take less time to disappear. Furthermore, glycolic acid prevents pore obstruction and thus the appearance of future microcomedones.

How can you determine whether to continue or stop applying a glycolic acid treatment?

Sometimes, breakouts do not correspond to a purging phenomenon, but simply to the fact that the glycolic acid treatment in question does not match your skin and its needs. So, how do you make the distinction? You just need to answer the following two questions.

  1. Are acne outbreaks located in the same areas as usual?

    If so, we advise you to continue using your glycolic acid skincare product. If not, the product is likely not suitable for you and it would be better to discontinue its use.

  2. How long have you been applying the product in question?

    If it has been less than 8 weeks, which is the maximum time a skin cell renewal cycle can take, we advise you to continue using your glycolic acid skincare product. If it has been more than 8 weeks and you are still experiencing more intense breakouts than usual, the product is likely not suitable for you and it would be better to discontinue its use.

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