Products that contain glycolic acid, fruit enzymes and vitamin C can help substantially with dark spots and hyperpigmentation, which is probably why they’re the most popular for skin-brightening ingredients.
Glycolic acid (that’s derived from sugarcane) is an AHA—short for alpha hydroxy acid. It penetrates deep into the skin to exfoliate and brighten for noticeable results. It even offers anti-aging benefits that erase fine lines and plump wrinkles. Many dermatologists and estheticians swear by this safe-for-skin acid for at-home use.
While the most potent form of glycolic acid comes in a chemical peel, you can reap the benefits in other ways too, such as in your daily moisturizer, toner, or cleanser.
The latter will cleanse the skin of dirt, oil, and debris while sloughing away dead skin and pore-clogging impurities that, if left alone, could cause dull skin, acne, and other blemishes.
Just keep in mind that glycolic acid can be a bit drying, so it’s important to follow up with a moisturizer. Also, some cleansers aren’t meant to be used every day. Instead, they’re formulated to be used once or twice a week with a gentler cleanser in between. It differs by product, so make sure you always read up on the recommended use before using a glycolic acid product for the first time.
Boscia Detoxifying Black Charcoal Cleanser (£16.98)
100% vegan, 100% cruelty-free, preservative-free, sensitive skin types.
A warming gel cleanser that deeply cleanses, dissolves pore-clogging impurities, refreshes skin and refines skin texture.
This Beauty product is a truly brightening cult-favourite, this black cleanser warms up when it contacts the skin. It’s very relaxing, especially for a relaxing cleansing ritual at the end of a long day.
The Boscia Cleanser uses a combination of glycolic acid and vitamin C to lift dark spots and even skin tone. The namesake charcoal ingredients naturally purifies and detoxifies the skin. Its oil-controlling and pore-reducing properties make it a good option for anyone who has shiny skin.
Charcoal helps draw out excess oils and impurity’s by removing dirt and helps to minimise the look of pores over time. Activated charcoal absorbs dirt and excess oils, detoxifies and exfoliates to refine the appearance of pores.
Vitamin C Facial Cleanser by Poppy Austin (£17.49)
Vegan, cruelty-free, organic – best face wash for acne, oily & sensitive skin, simple natural face cleanser gel with aloe, rosehip & tea tree oil.
It cleans the skin while exfoliating, brightening, and fighting signs of aging too.
The Vitamin C Facial Cleanser by Poppy Austin is Rich in antioxidants, Natural and organic and certified organic, Free from artificial fragrances, colours, sulphates, Paravana and other harsh chemicals. Your skin will Thank you.
This Cleanser is suitable for all skin types, it includes vitamin rich emollients of aloe, rose hip and tea tree.
A deliciously lightweight and natural anti-ageing cleanser will soften and moisturise dry and sensitive areas and is suitable for all skin types for women and men of all ages.
You will notice Super fast results very quickly.
This cleanser Melts away impurities, revives and hydrates tired skin with its luxurious decadent vitamin C Formula.
Striking the perfect balance between deep pore cleansing and gentle skin softening, this succulent blend of fresh botanical extracts delivers a soft dreamy sulphate lather, for a simply stunning spa-quality face wash.
To reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, lighten age spots and hyperpigmentation, reduce inflammation, and directly tackle all other signs of premature ageing. Beautifully finished in a sustainable silk screen printed container.
Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser (£35.00)
This cleanser contains antioxidant-rich blueberry extracts, hyaluronic acid, and glycolic acid. Which means that it is anti-aging, hydrating, brightening and exfoliating.
Fresh from South Korea, Glow recipes Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser shares the secret recipe for a Seoul-worthy glow.
Beautifully bouncy, this rich gel cleanser works into a gentle lather to erase make up and impurities while also deeply hydrating skin,
It can be used as a moisturising cleanser and a quenching, deep cleaning mask when left on for 5-8 minutes.
Brimming with blueberry, a renowned antioxidant powerhouse, this cleanser protects, strengthens and clarifies skin, while gentle alpha hydroxy acids (including glycolic and lactic acids) exfoliate dead skin cells for renewed radiance. Leaving your complexion with a Seoul Glow.
Mario Badiscu Acne Facial Cleanser (£13.50)
For a budget-friendly cleanser, look no further than Mario Badescu’s. It combines the acid with herbal extracts to keep the skin’s moisture barrier intact.
Will prevent and heal existing acne with its exfoliating and deep cleansing wash. Formulated with acne-fighting salicylic acid. Contains aloe Vera and chamomile, natural ingredients that calms and soothes acne inflamed skin.
Kate Somerville Cleanser ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash (£49.97)
Kate Somerville’s purifying foaming cleanser combines glycolic acid with fruit enzymes for a true brightening and exfoliating effect. This is a very popular choice.
Use this cleanser to Reveal softer, smoother skin while gently cleansing away oil, makeup, and surface impurity’s with this creamy cleanser. The formula contains a duo of AHAs-Glycolic and lactic acids – and pineapple, pumpkin, and papaya enzymes to purify without over drying, leaving skin fresh, soft, and conditioned.
Anthony Glycolic Facial Cleanser (£22.50)
Luxury Men’s Cleanser, safe for women to use
The Anthony Glycolic Facial Cleanser is formulated with 4.9% glycolic acid to exfoliate, brighten, smooth, and even release ingrown hairs. Soothing ingredients, like calendula, chamomile, and aloe vera, counteract any irritation that might have occurred otherwise. Finally, vitamins A, C, and E protect against environmental damage and keep natural collagen intact.
A non foaming face wash contains just the right amount of Glycolic Acid Blend to deep clean delicate facial skin without stripping it. Glycolic Acid is a natural ingredient (derived from sugarcane) incorporated in our facial cleanser to gently exfoliate, brighten, re-texturise, and firm skin.
Glycolic Facial Cleanser is a great alternative to harsh scrubs that might irritate the skin as it contains a natural exfoliant.
This cleanser helps with mild acne problems and is great to add to your shaving routine; helps lift heard hairs for a closer shave and helps prevent ingrown hairs and razor burn.
Derma Doctor Wrinkle Revenge Antioxidant Enhanced Glycolic Acid Facial Cleanser (£47.05)
this product was formulated for mature and aging skin. Glycolic acid is combined with antioxidants that prevent free radicals from causing fine lines and wrinkles. What’s more is that it’s pH-balanced and soap-, oil-, and cruelty-free.
Wrinkle Revenge facial cleanser rescues your skin from the ravages of daily life that can prematurely deprive it of a youthful, vibrant glow.
Gently and effectively exfoliates cellular build-up and residue caused by pollution, make-up and excessive surface oils, leaving skin clean and radiant.
Super hydrating eye balm enriched with peptides, caffeine, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, approved for use on delicate upper eyelids, under eye area and crow’s feet region.
Derma E, Vitamin C Concentrated Serum with Hyaluronic Acid (£20.23)
100% vegan, cruelty-free, Paraben free, sulfate free,
mineral oil free, lanolin free, gluten free, GMO free.
If you’re determined to live a vegan lifestyle and that extends to your choice of beauty products, then this cleanser is for you.
The Derma E, Evening Tone Brightening Cleanser is 100% vegan-friendly and natural, with ingredients like vitamin C, vitamin A, and green tea and therefore effectively addresses hyperpigmentation.
Cleanse away ageing dullness and boost radiance with this skin-brightening and. Balanced facial cleanser.
This formula contains an intensive skin brightening complex including Madonna lily plant stem cells, bear berry, niacinamide, green tea and c-Esther, this natural, pH balanced formula leaves skin clean, healthy and glowing.
Ideal for skin showing signs of uneven pigmentation, discolouration, sun damage, freckles, age spots and dark spots.
Insta Natural Glycolic Facial Cleanser (£26.58)
This Insta Natural Glycolic Facial Cleanser is one of the internet’s most beloved glycolic acid cleansers. The reviews are in, and the vast majority are glowing.
Anti wrinkle, fine line, age spot and hyperpigmentation Face wash, with glycolic acid, organic extract blend & arginine