Friday, 19 November 2021 10:39

Going Glycolic: The Possibilities of Acid

Written by   Catherine Atzen

Glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), is an ingredient product developers incorporate into topical formulations as an exfoliant in creams, gels, or lotions. It has a characteristic light smell that dissipates within seconds after application. It acts as a chemical exfoliant, meaning it melts dead skin cells off the surface of the epidermis instead of mechanically sluffing them off as a scrub would.

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Catherine Atzen Catherine Atzen was named a Legend by DERMASCOPE Magazine in June 2016 for her contributions to the industry. She is recognized for coining the term “day spa” and setting its standards. A talented product developer, she formulated ATZEN Superior to Organic Skin Care that combines organic and cosmeceutical ingredients like organic plants, INTACT DNA, and peptides, and contains no hormone disruptors and no carcinogens. She also developed the LymphMed device for lymphatic drainage massages. Atzen holds an MBA from University of California, Berkeley, California, an MBA from Columbia University, New York, and a CIDESCO diploma. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

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