If you’re struggling with aging and fighting signs of growing older, then you need to do some research to be better informed as to why it’s happening. In doing so, you’ll come across a number of products and ingredients that have been known to combat lines, wrinkles, and just about every other skin issue that you can think of having to deal with. Along the process, you may come across an ingredient known as gluconolactone.

Those that are fans of incorporating serums into their daily routines may notice that this is a popular ingredient included in many of the formulas out there. The ingredient is frequently included in creams, serums, and many other types of skin products that are specifically meant to help eliminate fine lines that form and wrinkles that develop on your face, neck, and other problematic areas on your body. I’ll do my best to share all information I have on this ingredient.

The first thing that you’ll want to know about this ingredient is that it’s been approved by the FDA for various skin treatments. However, knowing that it’s approved simply isn’t enough to make a decision on whether to incorporate it into your daily routine. You’ve also got to make an effort to understand how it works on your skin. It may work differently for individuals depending on the type of skin that they’re attempting to treat. That’s why I’ve taken the time to share some facts about the ingredient and hopefully helping you make a more informed decision to buy or avoid a product containing the ingredient.

gluconolactoneWhat You Need To Know About Gluconolactone

The first question that I typically get is simply, “What is gluconolactone,” so that’s where I’m kicking things off here. This ingredient is a polyhydroxy acid. Before making assumptions, I’ll let you know that this is not the same as AHAs and BHAs. Alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids are different from a polyhydroxy acid. The AHAs and BHAs are commonly found in low concentrations within skin products due to the damage that they can cause at high concentrations. Gluconolactone is much gentler on your skin and therefore can be used at higher concentrations. The main reason this ingredient isn’t as damaging is due to the molecular structure of the ingredient. The structure is much larger than the other “acids” incorporated in skin products.

However, there is a drawback to using this ingredient versus the more harsh AHAs and BHAs. The problem with gluconolactone is that products containing this ingredient may not be able to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. As a result, wrinkles below the surface are typically inaccessible.

If you’ve got sensitive skin or skin that’s been showing serious signs of aging, then using products that contain this ingredient might be a better choice. Sure, you’ll be sacrificing the benefits of using an acid that penetrates and works on deeper wrinkles, but your skin may fair better with the less invasive approach.

Who’s It Meant For?

Products containing gluconolactone are meant for many types of people. If you’re the type of individual that likes to get spa treatments such as chemical peels that incorporate the use of AHAs or if you like to purchase treatments that you can do in the comfort of your own home, then this might be for you. Should you experience negative side effects from using products that contain acid-based ingredients then gluconolactone might be perfect for you. Assuming that you want to avoid the harsh side effects that come along with using these acids, then you might want to consider a product containing gluconolactone. It’s far more tolerable for most consumers.

The Side Effects

Just like using any other product that contains any ingredients, there are chances of you experiencing negative side effects. It’s just part of the experience that many of us are willing to risk in efforts for achieving the perfect skin complexion. The good news is that gluconolactone is not as harsh as other acids, meaning the side effects are not nearly as bad. Incorporating AHAs and BHAs can lead to worse side effects. This type of acid has very low side effects. However, if you’ve got sensitive skin, then it’s best to head to your dermatologist prior to incorporating any ingredients containing this ingredient. The bottom line is that this is likely a better choice if you’ve got sensitive skin and your battling lines and wrinkles.

Typical Consumer Results

Assuming you’re considering incorporating a product or two that contains this ingredient, then you probably want to find out just how effective it is in comparison to other acids like beta hydroxy acid and alpha hydroxy acid.

There are a few things that you can expect to occur when using products that contain this ingredient. If photoaging is one of your issues, then you can expect to see a reduction in associated wrinkles and lines. These results are not immediate and they take some effort in order to see positive results. Be prepared to use the product for a minimum of four weeks. If you’re looking for some sort of “quick fix” then you’re totally out of luck with this ingredient, I’m sorry about that!

If you do plan on using a product containing this ingredient over a long period of time (months at a time) then you need to fully understand how it may effect the pigmentation and condition of your skin. Keep an eye on it as you use it and definitely seek professional help should things start to look strange.

Buying Products Containing Gluconolactone

If you’re interested in purchasing products that contain gluconolactone, then the first thing you’ll want to do is take some time to read a number of product labels displaying the specific ingredients incorporated. The best thing to do for this is to head to the local ULTA or Sephora. Ask a sales associate to show you the products containing the ingredient. Be sure to let them know what your main skin issue is and what you’ve been using to combat things lately. They’ll be able to point you in the right direction as far as product use is concerned.

Conclusion: Sensitive Skin, Then This Might Work

This might be a viable solution for someone looking to reduce lines and wrinkles but without having to deal with the side effects of using more harsh acids on the market today. Give it a shot and see how it goes, just be sure to get clearance from your dermatologist first.

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