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Alert: If you are looking for a all natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA's) then you need to try our DermaNew.

Our DermaNew is our replacement for Glycolic Acid, we wanted to bring you a plant derived alternative instead of the synthetic nature of Glycolic Acid.

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At Ingredients To Die For our Glycolic Acid is, a high purity, 70 to 72% aqueous solution of Glycolic Acid produced through a special enzymatic process requiring less energy, in production, and resulting in Glycolic Acid that is formaldehyde free and formic acid free

The industry standard Glycolic Acid is produced through a synthetic chemical process which results in the co-products of formaldehyde, and formic acid, being present in the final product.   If you are looking for a all natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA's) then you need to try our DermaNew.

On 6-10-2011 formaldehyde was included in the NIH's (US National Institute of Health) list of known, or suspected, carcinogens.  Wondering if your AHA products contain formaldehyde, or formic acid?  Make the switch to Ingredients To Die For Glycolic Acid and rest assured that it does not.

Glycolic Acid is the smallest molecule of the Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA's). Due to it's small size it is able to penetrate the skin, getting into the pores to clear out debris and unclog the pores.

Glycolic acid is mainly used to improve the appearance, and texture, of the skin through chemical peel process. Once applied, to the skin, it breaks down the lipids that hold the dead skin cells on the surface, speeding their removal, resulting in an improved appearance with fewer spots, refined pores, and a more even skin tone that is more radiant. They say that 18 year old skin exfoliates about every 28 days, which slows down, with the normal aging process, to as high as double that time for 45 year old skin, resulting in dull, dry, congested skin and a patchy complexion.  . 

Through the speeding up of the exfoliation process, Glycolic Acid helps to improve acne scarring, hyper pigmentation, age spots, wrinkles and seborrheic keratosis, as well as hyper keratosis.  This is, essentially, removing old skin to reveal new skin, which is much more refined in appearance but, is also more fragile*, and care must be taken to make sure that it is used properly.  Glycolic Acid is not to be taken lightly

It's important to note that the pH of the final cosmetic base with glycolic acid is just as important as the concentration level. At home products should be formulated within the usage range of 10 to 12%, with a pH between 4.0 and 4.5.


  • add to water phase or at cool down if heating to above 120F
  • at home supportive skin care 2 to 12%
    • toners - 2 to 5%
    • creams / lotions - 2 to 12%
  • professional skin care
    • aestheticians and dermatologists may call our tech support for information (be prepared to provide license)
  • you must check your final pH to make sure that you are within safe levels between 4.0 and 4.5


Appearance: Clear Non Viscous Liquid                                                                   
Odor: Characteristic Acid
Solubility: Water
Storage: Tightly Sealed / Cool / Dry / >41F and <104F
Processing: Do Not Heat Above 120F
Shelf: 24 Months when Properly Stored / Handled, then retest
pH: 0.3 - 0.6 at 70F

NOTE::  Please be aware that when you use AHA's on the skin you are exposing new skin, which is much more susceptible to UV damage. Always follow with an adequate sunscreen. Per FDA guidelines, "FDA Topically Applied Cosmetics Containing AHA's Labeling Requirements", all products should include the AHA warning, below, and suggestion to include or follow with a sunscreen. You can copy and paste the red text into your web browser or go to the FDA website and read the entire document, which is highly recommended. 

* Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards

CAUTION :: As with all of the acids, it is important to let your skin acclimate to their use. For those who's skin is not used to the acids a slight stinging and redness may result. If this occurs, reduce usage to every other day for 2 weeks, before resuming daily application. If irritation persists, discontinue use. If you experience anything more than a slight stinging, or redness, discontinue use immediately. Any time that you experience discomfort, you can apply a 10% solution of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to neutralize the acid, then wash with soap and water to thoroughly remove any acid residue. If irritation develops, or persists, seek medical advise.

Nothing on the Ingredients To Die For website should be considered, or construed, as medical advise.


INCI: Glycolic Acid
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