Glycolic acid is what is known as an "alpha hydroxy acid". Alpha hydroxy acids, or "AHAs," are a family of acids that occur naturally in various fruits and foods. Glycolic acid, found in sugar cane, is the AHA that has received the most attention medically because of all the AHAs, it has the smallest molecule. This small molecular size enables glycolic acid to penetrate the skin more effectively and to ultimately bring about the most dramatic and beneficial changes of all the AHAs, often collectively referred to as fruit acids.
Among other things, glycolic acid loosens the glue like attachments or cellular cement that are characteristic of many skin conditions such as acne, photo damage (environmental aging), and hyperpigmentation. This non-invasive lifting of the cells in the stratum corneum enables glycolic acid to act as a phenomenal resurfacing agent that can immensely improve the appearance of the skin. It has even proven to be a valuable tool in reducing the depth of acne scarring.
As physicians and researchers have developed a greater interest in glycolic acid, medical studies have revealed that glycolic acid stimulates collagen, increases epidermal volume and even acts as a powerful antioxidant and free radical inhibitor. Tests also illustrate how glycolic acid acts as a delivery agent when combined with other beneficial ingredients or medications, thus potentiating the desired results.
The Bioglycolic Line combines proven glycolic acid standards with technological advancements far beyond anything previously available. Jan Marini Skin Research has created Bioglycolic products to provide the ultimate resurfacing agents along with additional scientifically calculated components that equate to unparalleled skin care management.