Glycolic Acid

For Transformed, More Even Skin

What it is?

Derived naturally from sugar cane, Glycolic Acid is a versatile and used exfoliating agent.

Best For

Smoothing and moisturizing the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, evening skin tone, texture and helping clear up acne[8]


  • Helps improve skin tone and texture
  • Optimizes efficacy and penetration of other ingredients by removing dead skin cells
  • Helps promotes an overall healthy complexion [6,7]

Hyaluronic Acid

For Plumped, Hydrated Skin

What it is?

A naturally-occurring sugar molecule found in nearly every cell of the body. Is a particularly important component of skin, with 50% of the body's Hyaluronic Acid located in the skin and lips[5].

Best For

All skin types, especially skin prone to irritation and sensitivity.


  • Helps minimize skin lines and to support skin regeneration and rejuvenation[4]
  • Suppresses oil production at the cellular level[9]
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce redness

Azelaic Acid

For Brighter, More Radiant Skin

What it is?

Derived naturally from wheat, rye and barley, Azelaic Acid is a water-soluble alpha-hydroxy acid.

Best For

Treating hyperpigmentation, acne and rosacea - a common skin condition that causes redness, pimples, and swelling [1]


  • Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Can prevent future break outs and clean bacteria from pores that cause acne[2]
  • Can stop discolored cells from appearing

Salicylic Acid

For Clear, Smooth Skin

What it is?

A popular exfoliant derived from willow tree bark and similar in structure to aspirin. Member of the beta family of hydroxy acids.

Best For

Treating and preventing acne, specifically blackheads and whiteheads.


  • Suppresses oil production at the cellular level[9].
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties which helps those with red, inflamed pimples

Acids 101

Active Acid Myths, Debunked


Azaleic Acid contains gluten

Hyaluronic Acid provides moisture to the skin

Glycolic Acid cannot be used on a daily basis.

Salicylic Acid is only for young people with acne.


Glytone's Azaleic acid is made from sugar cane and is 100% gluten-free.

Hyaluronic Acid helps skin attract and retain water, but it doesn't contain water, so it must be applied to moistened skin to prevent further drying.

Glytone Glycolic Acid products are formulated to be effective while being gentle enough for daily use.

Salicylic Acid is a beta-hydroxy acid and an effective exfoliant that can be used to smooth wrinkles in mature skin.

Acids 101

When to Talk to Your Dermatologist

  • You are unsure which acid is best for your skin type or symptoms
  • Your symptoms are getting worse
  • You are no longer seeing improvements with your current regimen

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