Last updated on 23 September, 2022
Glycolic Acid is a water soluble and smallest size molecule of the AHA family that penetrates the skin easily. Glycolic acid possesses exfoliating properties, that bring the fresh skin cells to the surface while revealing a bright skin.
It restores the moisture and plumps up the skin and facilities collagen production, softens fine lines as well as wrinkles.
While glycolic acid is suitable for all skin types, a patch test is must while using the product for the first time. Initially toners with higher percentage of glycolic acid can be used twice a week while gradually increasing the frequency as per the skin’s tolerance.
Glycolic Acid based products should never be combined with other exfoliating products having ingredients such as retinoids, retinol, BHA, Vitamin C.
Best Glycolic Acid Toner In India
Plum Green Tea Alcohol Free Toner
Plum is one of the few brands that launched glycolic acid based products in India. The toner has glycolic acid and is also free from alcohol, parabens, SLS, phthalates, DEA, PABA. The toner is best suited to oily, acne prone skin as it also helps reduce the formation of new pimples and breakouts. Fortified with green tea extracts help soothe and clarify the skin.
True Therapy Retexturize and Glow 10% Glycolic Acid Face Toner
This is a high-strength 10% glycolic acid toner that acts as an exfoliant and removes excess oil and pollutants from pores and minimising their appearance. The toner contains glycolic acid along with other key ingredients such as Lactic Acid, Avena Sativa Extract, Amino Acid Complex 17, Pro- Vitamin B5. The toner is suitable for dry, congested, blemished, oily, acne prone skin. It is also fortified with 2% Avena Sativa (Green Oat) Extract for soothing the skin. True Therapy Retexturize and Glow Glycolic Acid toner can also be beneficial in reducing blemishes from other body part such as neck, underarm, and elbow. Exfoliate 1-2 times a week if you are using this toner.
PIXI Glow Tonic
PIXI glow tonic has an unique formula enriched with 5% glycolic acid, aloe vera, ginseng along with other ingredients. It is a highly raved glycolic acid toner and an award winning one too. Ginseng improves circulation and energizes whereas aloe vera soothes and hydrates the skin. Being free from paraben and alcohol it doesn’t dry out the skin. Some people may experience purging while using PIXI glow tonic which is quite normal.
Dr Sheth’s Gulab And Glycolic Toner
Dr Sheth’s toner is one of a kind that combines calming and refreshing rose water with exfoliating and brightening glycolic acid. Aloe and calendula, along with green tea help soothe and repair the skin. This toner works to tone, brighten and exfoliate the skin. The glycolic acid helps with mild exfoliation while enhancing the penetration of serums and creams. Dr Sheth’s Gulab And Glycolic Toner deserves a spot as best glycolic acid toner in India as it brings best of both the worlds.
Dot and Key 5% AHA Toner
The active ingredients in Dot and Key toner are glycolic acid and lactic acid. Formulated with 5% AHA, it sloughs off dead skin cells and excess oils to clear out the pores for a more even toned, radiant complexion. With regular use it visibly reduces blemishes, wrinkles and fine lines. The natural skin hydraters such as borage flower, grapeseed oil & calendula oils help to condition the skin.
Neemli Naturals Glycolic Acid & Apple Cider Vinegar Exfoliating Toner
The Neemli Glycolic Acid & Apple Cider Vinegar exfoliating toner helps clear the dirt and debris accumulated through the day. It combines the potent mix of ingredients that is balanced by the calming properties of aloe vera. Apple Cider Vinegar in the toner acts as an astringent and helps increase the blood flow to the skin. The toner is not tested on animals and is free from animal derived raw materials, sulphates, parabens, petroleum oils and alcohol.
The Derma Co. 7% Glycolic Acid Toner
The Derma Co toner has 7% glycolic acid which is fairly higher percentage than other toners. The dermatologist-designed formula contains other ingredients such as witch hazel & rosemary. The formulation is SLS & paraben-free but might irritate sensitive skin types. This toning solution not only boosts radiance and clarity but also reduces inflammation and redness with its antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
Biocule Ever Glow Radiance Toner
Biocule Toner is enriched with 5 natural AHAs – Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Malic & Tartaric Acid along with Vitamin C from Kakadu Plum. The natural AHAs are derived from a fruit mix of Sugarcane, Bilberry, Orange, Lemon & Sugar Maple. It reduces skin imperfections at micro level and gives a natural glow. This toner improves skin radiance by making it easier for the skin to shed off older cells. The best part about the Biocule Toner is that it is alcohol free, fragrance free & synthetic dye free.
The above mentioned toners have varying concentrations of glycolic acid. Some brands do not disclose the percentage of glycolic acid and hence should be incorporated slowly into the routine. Using adequate sun protection during the day while using exfoliating products is a must.
Other benefits of Glycolic acid for the skin
- Helps fade away sun spots, hyperpigmentation and post inflammatory marks left over from acne
- Helps in removing the surface layer of dead skin cells, thereby cleansing the pores
- Long-term use prevents blackheads/clogged pores
- Increases cellular turnover and gives the skin a glow as fresh skin cells are revealed to the surface