Adding a glycolic acid face wash to your skin care regimen can work wonders for reducing acne, smoothing out the skin and removing dark marks. This post is a list of glycolic acid face wash brands available in India.
Glycolic acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that increases skin cell turnover, therefore removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin faster. This way it keeps the pores of the skin unclogged and prevents acne. It also lightens brown marks through exfoliation.
Glycolic acid is fast emerging as the gold standard in the care of acne prone skin. Don’t let the word “acid” in its name scare you away. It is a fruit acid derived from sugar cane.
Too high concentrations of glycolic acid can cause tingling, stinging, peeling and dryness, so choose a low % to begin with and work your way up as your skin starts tolerating it better and better. Limit using these face washes to once a day to avoid the risk of skin over-drying and peeling. If you need to wash your face more than once a day, use a milder face wash for the rest of the times.
The facewashes listed here are not prescription-based and can be bought at medical stores.
Where to buy glycolic acid face wash in India
1% glycolic acid
Ingredients – glycolic acid 1%, aloe vera 5%, vitamin E, bronopol, disodium EDTA, sodium hydroxide, Tween 80, cresmer RH 40, Proteol Oat, Oramix NS10, sodium lauryl sulphate and coloured microcapsules
Relatively mild AHA product, also soothes acne bumps and pain
See price and reviews of AHAGlow Skin Rejuvenating Face Wash Gel
5% glycolic acid (see comments for details)
Ingredients – glycolic acid, pro vitamin B5, aloe vera, liquorice extract (skin lightening agent)
Liquorice extract is an effective skin whitening agent that will help with lightening dark acne marks as well. Glycolic acid will help with acne.
See price and reviews of Glomed Face Wash Gel
2% glycolic acid
Ingredients – 2% glycolic acid, 1% salicylic acid, 5% aloe vera and vitamin E 0.5%
Rejuglow is similar to AHAGlow except it also contains salicylic acid and double the percent of glycolic acid.
See price and reviews of Rejuglow Face Wash Gel
5% glycolic acid
See price and reviews of KLM KLIN AHA Skin Rejuvinating Refreshing Face Wash Gel
% glycolic acid unknown
Ingredients: Purified Water, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate, Aloe Vera Extract, Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Vitamin E, Allantoin, Fragrance
See price and reviews of Lumofa Face Wash Gel
Glycolite Skin Lightening & Rejuvenating Face Wash
% glycolic acid not known
Ingredients: glycolic acid, lactic acid, aloe vera, D-panthanol (vitamin B5), vitamin E, glycerin
(if anyone uses this face wash, please post ingredients in the comments)
Sounds like a moisturizing formulation (glycerin) that will help with lightening dark spots (liquorice, vitamin B5) while exfoliating the skin (lactic acid, glycolic acid). Good candidate for use with the CPP process to lighten dark acne marks.
Price not known, available at medical stores
4% glycolic acid
Ingredients: water, sodium laureth sulphate, cocamidopropyl betaine, decyl glucoside, glycolic acid, glycerine, sodium hydroxide, ceteareth-60, myristylglycol, acid blue 3 (ci42051), disodium EDTA, parfum, serenoa serrulata fruit extract, zinc salicylate
With 4% glycolic acid, it is a medium strength exfoliant. Apart from this, it has zinc salicylate which also helps with reducing acne.
See price and reviews of Keracnyl Foaming Gel
Melawash by Curatio Healthcare
6% glycolic acid
Ingredients: glycolic acid, aqua ,sodium laureth sulphate,cocobetaine,glycolic acid,acrylates copolymer,decyl glucoside,glycerin,sodium hydroxide,dmdm hydantoin,disodium edta,methylchlorisothiazolin one and methylchlorisothiazolinone
Pretty strong glycolic acid concentration here. Melawash is targeted mainly at melasma (that’s why the name Melawash) but can also be used to fade dark acne spots fast. If your skin is not sensitive and you only want to include one exfoliant product in your skin care routine, and no AHA / Retinoid creams etc. just this could be enough.
See price and reviews of Melawash Gel
Vichy Normaderm Anti Imperfection Deep Cleansing Foaming Cream
0.175 % glycolic acid
Lipo-Hydroxyl Acid (LHA) 0.14%, salicylic acid (BHA), 0.5% glycolic acid (AHA) 0.175%
One of the lowest concentrations of glycolic acid. The three acids (poly-hydroxy acids) in it aid skin exfoliation and removal of dark spots. This is still one of the gentler / weaker ones so results will take time. Better for use with other exfolianting agents such as creams etc.
Price Rs. 550 for 125 ml. Can be purchased from Health & Glow, healthkart.com and other online shopping websites.