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    What is Glycolic Acid used for?

    Glycolic Acid topical cream is used to treat acne, prevent future acne breakouts and diminish the appearance of acne scars. With anti-aging effects, Glycolic Acid is as well indicated to treat other aging signs, including facial wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and skin discoloration. The exfoliating properties of Glycolic Acid help promote the shedding of dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, leading to firmness. This also results in the fading of dark spots, as well as prevents clogging of pores.

    Glycolic Acid belongs to the group of chemical compounds called alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). With prolonged use, Glycolic Acid has been reported to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, thereby softening fine lines and wrinkles. Glycolic Acid cream may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Glycolic Acid?

    The dosage of Glycolic Acid cream prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

    Apply a thin layer of Glycolic Acid cream directly onto the affected area and rub it in gently. Use Glycolic Acid cream preferably at night, or as directed by your physician.

    Glycolic Acid cream is meant for use on the skin only. Avoid getting the cream into your eyes, nose or mouth. Be sure to use a sunscreen while using the Glycolic Acid cream.

    What if you miss a dose of Glycolic Acid?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to apply Glycolic Acid in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.

    What if you overdose on Glycolic Acid?

    Any medication used in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Glycolic Acid, seek medical attention immediately.

    What other drug(s) could interact with Glycolic Acid?

    There are no known interactions between Glycolic Acid cream and other medicines. However, it is important to inform your doctor about the use of any other oral/topical medications including non-prescription medications (over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Glycolic Acid) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. It is also important to tell your healthcare professional if you have any medical conditions or a family history of any medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    What are the side effects of Glycolic Acid?

    Like other medicines, Glycolic Acid can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Glycolic Acid are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Glycolic Acid cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Glycolic Acid develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Glycolic Acid cream may cause side effects such as skin irritation, dryness, redness, itching, peeling, flaking, burning or stinging. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Glycolic Acid.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Glycolic Acid?

    Is it possible for me to use Glycolic Acid with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I use Glycolic Acid?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Glycolic Acid?
    How will Glycolic Acid work in my body?
    How should Glycolic Acid be applied?
    How to reduce the risk of Glycolic Acid drug interactions and side effects?

    What other important information should you know about Glycolic Acid?

    Before taking Glycolic Acid, make sure to tell your doctor if you

    • have been using isotretinoin cream;
    • use tanning bed;
    • have sensitized skin;
    • have recently underwent a microdermabrasion treatment.
    • - Do let your doctor know if you are allergic to Glycolic Acid, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other medicines.
      - Glycolic Acid may make you more sensitive to the sun. Make sure to apply sunscreen lotion while on treatment with Glycolic Acid.


      The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Glycolic Acid is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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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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