Glycolic acid is an excellent treatment for fading dark pimple marks and preventing future acne breakouts. Glyco-6 contains 6% glycolic acid.
If you are looking for a decent glycolic acid product suitable in India, Glyco 6 can be that choice, with some reservations. Read on.
It is available at Indian medical stores and some online pharmacies. The price of Glyco 6 is Rs. 111 for a 30 gm tube.
Glyco-A is a variant with 12% concentration of glycolic acid. Another acne and scar treatment is Retino-A.
The ingredients mentioned are 6% glycolic acid and a cream base. The thick cream base is greasy and makes the face look shiny. Because of this it cannot be used during daytime. The cream has a faint, typical skin cream like sweet smell that fades away in some time.
Does Glyco 6 work for acne scars / pimple marks?
Used over a few weeks, you notice more even skin and reduction in brown spots. Glyco 6 fades discoloration around any depressions, so even pitted scarring looks smoother. Don’t expect miracles with depressed scarring though.
The percentage of glycolic acid which although good enough, is lower than what professional glycolic peels contain. So while you will get better skin lightening and scar reduction results from going to a dermatologist or aesthetician for glycolic peels, Glyco 6 can be used for maintaining the skin in between.
How to use Glyco 6
The best way to use Glyco 6 or any other glycolic acid product is to ease into it slowly. Say start with a thin layer tonight. Then skip for 2 nights. Continue this for 2 weeks or so. After that use it every alternate day. If you find excessive skin peeling or skin roughness, stop use for a few days and restart.
If your skin is sensitive from using other acne treatments or just sensitive, using glycolic acid in this concentration can cause a mild burning sensation. The burning fades away quickly, but if you cannot tolerate it, wash it off immediately.
Exfoliating creams such as this one, or Retino A should not be applied immediately after washing your face. That can increase skin irritation and burning. Wait for 15-20 minutes for the facial skin to dry completely, then apply a thin layer. For starters, you can wash off the cream after 15 minutes if you don’t feel like keeping it over night.
Glycolic acid is not only useful for fading dark spots but also for preventing pimples. Glycolic acid exfoliates the skin, in turn keeping the skin pores unclogged. So it can be used as a night-time acne treatment. Glycolic acid is also good for spot treatment of pimples.
You will need to use a good sunscreen during daytime since glycolic acid makes skin sensitive to the sun. Without the use of a full spectrum sunscreen, any skin regenerating benefits of glycolic acid will be lost.
Glyco 6 benefits
- one of the few glycolic acid creams available in India
- inexpensive compared to imported glycolic acid products
- contains a strong enough amount of glycolic acid
- lightens dark pimple marks and hyper pigmentation (if it doesn’t break you out first)
Glyco 6 side effects
- because of its thick cream base, it can cause pimples if your skin breaks out easily
- the cheap cream base makes the face oily, can only use as a night cream
- good hdyrating agents such as hyaluronic acid missing
- no soothing ingredients such as aloe or allantoin
- skin peeling and dryness
- (rarely) may result in hypo pigmentation (lighter skin patches) on dark skins
Alternatives to Glyco 6
Glyco 6, although a suitable glycolic acid product, is often reported to cause pimples on acne prone skin. It is more suitable for dry, normal and oily skin that does not break out easily.
If the greasy cream base of Glyco 6 gives you pimples, Olliza Gel is an alternative, although it has double the percentage of glycolic acid. Olliza Gel is basically 12% glycolic acid in a gel form. Glyco A is also a 12% glycolic acid product, but somehow Olliza sounds better due to its gel base. Olliza also has the correct acidic pH (4.2) needed for exfoliation.
If budget is not a problem, try Avene Triacneal Treatment Care for Acne-Prone Skin. With Retinaldehyde (0.1%) and Glycolic Acid (6%) Triacneal can be used to heal existing acne and prevent new acne breakouts. Triacneal has the same percentage of glycolic acid but in a non-comedogenic base.
You can purchase it from a medical store or online shopping sites. You do not need a doctor’s prescription for it. If you can’t find Triacneal, ask for Avene Diacneal which is the older formula.
The price of Avene Triacneal in India is Rs. 1300 for 30 ml. It is an imported product and the price is quite high because of that. The price is justified by the effectiveness since you are getting two of the best ingredients : a retinoid and glycolic acid in a non-comedogenic, gentle base.