What it is
Ammonium Glycolate is a form of Glycolic Acid.
What it does
Ammonium Glycolate is an exfoliant: when applied on the skin, it weakens the bonds that holds the skin cells together, dissolving them. This removes the dead skin cells on the surface, revealing the brighter and healthier skin underneath. This also helps reduce the appearance of discolorations, uneven pigmentation, blemishes, scars, fine lines and wrinkles.
In addition, it is also used to adjust the ph of cosmetics. When used this way, it is often paired with Glycolic Acid to maintain the ph levels needed to allow exfoliation.
Ammonium Glycolate, like all exfoliants, can be irritating. That’s why it can only be used in products in concentrations up to 10%.
In addition, it also increases sun sensitivity so products with this ingredient should be used in conjunction with a broad-spectrum sunscreen.