Does Glycolic acid cream lighten the skin?

Does Glycolic acid cream lighten the skin?


When you have scars, dark spots, freckles or other skin blemishes, you might be willing to go to any length just to get rid of them and get an even skin tone. This is the most common reason why people patronize skin whitening creams.

There are plenty of skin fade or whitening products in the market, and many of them contain glycolic acid. You may actually be using these glycolic acid containing products without knowing it or giving any thought to it.

The truth is that those products do work effectively in whitening the skin, and making the skin tone even and brighter. This is the reason why people buy them every day without thinking about the implications of doing so. Also, due to the high demand of these products, manufacturers are hell bent on churning out as many of them as they can, into the market every day. To them, it is business, and whatever sells has to be mass produced to make more money. This is the reason why there are lots of cosmetic products in the market containing glycolic acid.

Origin and Meaning of Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid is an acidic compound obtained from the sugar of beets, unripe grapes, and sugar cane. It occurs naturally in these plants, but it is currently used as an alpha hydroxylase in the industrial manufacture of some cosmetic products. Over recent times, it has been effectively used to soften and exfoliate the skin.

Industrial uses of Glycolic Acid

Industrialists have found many uses of glycolic acid. It has been used in making dye for leather and textile materials. It has also been adopted in the production of adhesives, plastics and emulsion polymers.

It has also been used in making pesticides, inks and solvents. This is because glycolic acid has adhesive properties, which helps in the adhesion and uniformed flow of materials.

In the cosmetic industry today, glycolic acid has become a very important chemical constituent of many creams, especially skin lightening body lotions. There are different reasons why glycolic acid is been used on the skin.

Plastic surgeons, professional aestheticians and dermatologists also use glycolic acid in their practices. They actually do use higher concentrations of the chemical, much higher than what is obtainable in skin whitening products used at home.


Why do they use glycolic acid?

Experts use glycolic acid on the skin because of its deeply penetrative property. Glycolic acid has the ability to penetrate the innermost layers of the skin and affect every single layer in different ways.

As an exfoliator, when applied to the skin, at the epidermis, glycolic acid sheds or detaches dead cells, which have attached to healthy skin cells. By so doing, glycolic acid helps in the skin regeneration process, thus ensuring a faster and more effective result.

As the chemical seeps deeper into the other surfaces of the skin, it also produces some microscopic effects, which are evident as increased production of collagen, which makes the skin look more supple and healthier. It also increases the production of other proteins necessary for a healthy skin.

Does Glycolic Acid Have Bleaching Effects?

At recommended concentrations, glycolic acid can lighten the color of the skin. Glycolic acid is not actually used for the purpose of whitening the skin, but due to the fact that it has other benefits on the skin, commercial skin whitener producers use it in making skin fade creams. Also, the fact that it causes the dissociation of dead skin cells from the healthy ones also means that it can improve the complexion of the skin.

Does Glycolic Acid have any side effects?

Just like every other medication and topical cream, the key to using glycolic acid containing creams is moderation. At low doses, glycolic acid containing creams improves skin complexion and help give an even skin tone, by reducing the pigmentation of the skin. However, using an excessive dose of it will causes skin irritation, increase blotchiness and even cause increased hyperpigmentation.

To avoid putting yourself at risk, do not abuse these products.  Always read, understand and follow the directions and instructions written on the leaflet or package of the products before you start using them. Abuse of glycolic acid containing skin lightening creams can worsen the skin condition which made you start using it in the first place.

To avoid these unpleasant and risky side effects, the best way to lighten your skin color is by using natural skin whitening recipes.

What other alternatives do I have?

Due to the amount of funds manufacturers have invested in advertising skin whitening products, most buyers now believe that commercial skin whitening products are the only available option of improving skin complexion.

The truth remains that manufacturers will tell you what you need to hear, and what they think will favor their business. Another truth, which may not be glaring till you try it out, is that you can actually whiten your skin safely and easily using natural skin whitening remedies, which you can produce at home.

These natural remedies work just as perfectly as the commercially packaged ones, and are even safer than them. Glycolic acid may be effective in lightening your skin color, but doesn’t the fact that it is used in making plastic, dyes and paints freak you out? Would you really want to apply the same thing on your face, and watch your body absorb it? I am sure you would rather use natural products on your body.

The beautiful thing about natural skin whiteners is that, apart from the fact that the ingredients are good on your skin, they are also nutritious to your body. And also, there are lots of different recipes you can try out until you find the one suitable for your skin.

You may be thinking about the time it would take you to try out different recipes before you can arrive at one that would be effective for your skin; well, it’s not bad to think about the time you’ll expend on it, however while at it, also think of terrible health effects that would come with those commercial products when the chips are down and they start causing their adverse side effects.

Homemade recipes are very easy to prepare; they just involve the mixing of different natural ingredients which you can easily lay your hands on.

What do you need to make your skin-whitening recipe at home?

The ingredients used in making skin-whitening recipe can be found in a grocery store or inside your garden. Some of them are; Cucumber, lemon juice, white potatoes, raw honey, powdered milk, Greek yogurt, and may other nutrient filled natural ingredients.

You can use these common ingredients to produce your skin whitening creams which will work as effectively as the ones you buy in the market. To find out about how to use these ingredients to produce the different recipes, get a copy of Skin Whitening Forever, a book written by Lucy Bennett.

The book contains all the available natural recipes for producing skin whitening creams. It will also give you more information on how to get a faster and more effective result from any type of recipe you decide to use.

You should consider this as a goldmine because using natural remedies will not only save you from the risks associated with the commercial products; it is also cheaper than the commercial products.


Also, remember that these recipes, just like the commercial products, need a period of one month to produce visible results.