Can you use glycolic acid and vitamin C together?

Glycolic acid and vitamin C are among the most popular active ingredients in skin care. In the right combination, they can ensure an even complexion, give a healthy glow and counteract impurities. Learn all about the effects of using glycolic acid and vitamin C together on your skin.


What is glycolic acid?


Glycolic acid belongs to the alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) family and is classified as a fruit acid. In skin care, these are valued for their exfoliating effect, which is why they are included in special cosmetic products and chemical peels. In contrast to mechanical peelings, the exfoliating effect of AHA acids is particularly gentle: glycolic acid dissolves cellular compounds and gently removes them. Glycolic acid stimulates skin cell renewal by removing old cells from the skin surface. As the skin texture is refined by the exfoliating effect, the complexion appears more even and gains radiance. Skin prone to blemishes also improves with the use of glycolic acid.


Glycolic acid effect on the skin 


By removing the uppermost layer, sebum can drain away more easily. Pores become less likely to clog, which can help prevent the appearance of pimples and blackheads. Glycolic acid can offer the skin many benefits. In particular, oily skin prone to impurities can benefit from the positive effects:


Benefits for the skin:

  • smoother complexion
  • fresher complexion
  • impurities are reduced
  • refined pores
  • more even skin tone
  • counteracts signs of premature aging


AHA and BHA: The Difference 

In addition to fruit acids (AHA), there is also salicylic acid (BHA). While AHA works on the surface of the skin, salicylic acid can penetrate deeper layers of the skin. It is very suitable for oily skin that is prone to blemishes. Even if you are prone to rosacea, psoriasis or chafed skin, care with salicylic acid can help. In skincare products you will often find a salicylic acid concentration of 0.5 to 2%. Try getting a certified organic facial tonic with salicylic acid. Its exfoliating action frees the skin from old cells and evens the complexion. In addition, plant extracts and organic essential oils revitalize and soften the skin. You also get salicylic acid and glycolic acid serum as an effective active ingredient complex. The serum is especially suitable for the care of acne-prone and blemish-prone skin. The formula with glycolic acid acts on the surface of the skin. The serum reduces impurities and specifically counteracts the formation of new pimples and blackheads. In addition, wrinkles are reduced.


It depends on the concentration


The effect of glycolic acid depends primarily on the concentration. You should always adjust this to your skin type and skin condition. A concentration below 4% glycolic acid has a low exfoliating effect and is particularly gentle. For an evening application with a visible effect, it is best to use a glycolic acid concentration of between 4 and 10%. In this way, you can specifically combat the signs of skin aging. A glycolic acid concentration of up to 20% requires a pre-treatment of the skin and a recommendation by a dermatologist. As a rule, this concentration is only used by a professional skincare expert.


Does glycolic acid have side effects? 


Like any peel, glycolic acid can cause skin irritation. The right glycolic acid concentration is crucial! If you notice that your skin is irritated after using the active ingredient, it is better to reach for a product with a lower glycolic acid concentration. Sometimes it is also possible that the skin reacts sensitively to certain substances in general. In this case, it is best to find a gentle alternative. Ask your pharmacy or dermatologist for advice.


Empyri Vitamin C Kit

What is vitamin C and how does it affect the skin?


Vitamin C can also make your complexion glow and give you a brighter complexion! Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant found primarily in citrus fruits. Ingested through food, it protects the immune system and regulates many metabolic processes in the body. Vitamin C is also an indispensable ingredient in skincare. In serums, creams, lotions, and ampoules, vitamin C enriches daily skincare and, when used regularly, helps to give the skin a more youthful, clear appearance. However, the light-sensitive vitamin should always be used in conjunction with UV protection.


Vitamin C benefits:

  • smoothes lines and wrinkles
  • counteracts pigmentation spots
  • protects the skin from free radicals
  • boosts the skin's collagen production
  • reduces impurities
  • refines the complexion


With all the benefits, it's no wonder that vitamin C for the skin also plays a significant role in anti-aging skin care. However, this does not mean that you should not use vitamin C at a young age. The earlier you provide your skin with precious active ingredients, the longer your skin will remain beautiful even in old age.


Be careful though if you feel irritation when applying Vitamin C. With empyri's vitamin C kit, you can adjust the strength of your treatment to suit even the most sensitive skin.


Mixing glycolic acid and vitamin C together for the skin


Glycolic acid toners with vitamin C are true all-rounders when it comes to skin care. They make your skin's surface look fresher overall, reduce the signs of aging and protect it from external influences. These are plenty of reasons to incorporate vitamin C and glycolic acid into your daily skincare routine. It protects your skin from photoaging and free radicals. Fine lines and wrinkles are reduced and the complexion gains radiance.


A serum that involves combining glycolic acid and vitamin C protects the skin against wrinkles and free radicals. The care is effective against dry skin, acne scars dead skin cells, and skin impurities. In addition, these serums contain hyaluronic acid, which intensively moisturizes and plumps up your skin. The ampoules come packaged in amber glass, which protects the light-sensitive contents.


We suggest using a glycolic acid face wash followed by vitamin C toner together in your morning skincare routine.


In conclusion


Now you know that you can use glycolic acid and Vitamin C together in your skin care routine. Try it out for yourself on any skin type and convince yourself of the positive effect of these extraordinary active ingredients. In any case, give your skin some time to get used to the new, efficient skin care. Your wait will soon be rewarded!