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    What does Glycolic Acid treat?

    Glycolic Acid topical cream is a medication usually prescribed to clear acne, stop acne breakouts and reduce acne scars. It promotes exfoliation and this helps the skin shed dead cells. This has anti-aging properties and also works to reduce facial wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and skin discoloration. This is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.

    Dosage Instructions

    Follow the Glycolic Acid topical cream dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. The right way to use the cream is to apply a thin layer and rub it into the skin preferably at night or as your doctor instructs. Do not allow this cream to get into your eyes, nose or mouth. Always use a sunscreen when going out as long as you are applying this cream.

    Missed a dose?

    Apply it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.


    Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention.

    Drug Interactions

    Drug interactions must be considered before starting to use any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Glycolic Acid topical cream is used along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase or interfere with the effect of Glycolic Acid topical cream.

    So far, there has not been any known interaction of other medicines on Glycolic Acid topical cream.

    Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.

    Possible Side Effects

    Glycolic Acid topical cream might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.

    Some of the side effects could be redness, itching, peeling, flaking, burning, skin irritation, dryness, or stinging. This is not the complete list though.

    In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.

    What to ask your doctor before you start on Glycolic Acid topical cream

    • Can I take Glycolic Acid topical cream along with other drugs? 
    • Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Glycolic Acid topical cream? 
    • What is the dosage of Glycolic Acid topical cream to be consumed? 
    • How should I use Glycolic Acid topical cream? 
    • How will Glycolic Acid topical cream work on my body? 
    • How can the drug interactions and side effects of Glycolic Acid topical cream be minimized or completely avoided?


    The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Glycolic Acid topical cream is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.


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    Posted By... IDMRx User | 2012-10-26
    Is that glycolic acid safe to apply directly to my face. Reply
    Replied by Pharmacist @ IDM
    Hi, Yes!!! you can apply directly to your face but if you are feeling any Irritation, itchiness in the skin, Dry skin, Redness, Peeling or Flakiness please do consult your dermatologist and get alternatives.
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