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Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA) are used as chemical exfoliators for the skin. Chemical exfoliation is the use of acids to break the bonds between dead skin cells on the surface of the skin.

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) in various concentrations are used in chemical peels and for chemical exfoliation of the skin.

These various Alpha hydroxy acids are:
Sugar cane contains glycolic acid
Sour milk contains lactic acid
Malic acid found in fruits
Citric acid found in fruits
Tartaric acid found in fruits

Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) is also considered a chemical exfoliator, mainly salicylic acid. Salicylic Acid is an oily-loving acid so it the preferred exfoliator for thick, oily skin and acne prone skin.
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CELLective AHA / BHA Exfoliating Cleanser Trial Size Revision Exfoliating Facial Rinse Replenix Gly Sal 5-2 Cleanser
Exfoliating Facial Rinse
Our Price: $18.00
Gly / Sal 5-2 Cleanser
Our Price: $22.50
CELLective AHA / BHA Exfoliating Cleanser is an intensive cleanser that polishes away dullness and impurities with three exfoliating agents: Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Glycolic Acid and Jojoba beads revealing a smoother, younger-looking complexion. Clarifying Toner for Smoother, Clearer Skin
Revision Exfoliating Facial Rinse is a stimulating astringent that tightens pores and deep cleans by removing embedded dirt and sebum, helping to control daily oil. Contains salicylic acid which sloughs off dull looking surface cells and leaves the skin clean and revitalized.
RepleniX Gly / Sal 5-2 Cleanser is specially formulated for oily and acne-prone skin. Contains 5% ultra-pure glycolic acid in combination 2% salicylic (an acne medication). This cleanser is fortified with Green Tea Extract and Zinc.
Replenix Gly Sal 10-2 Cleanser GlyDerm Gentle Cleanser DCL Beta Hydroxy Acne Cleanser
Gly / Sal 10-2 Cleanser
Our Price: $25.00
Gentle Cleanser
Our Price: $26.00
Glycolix Gly / Sal 10-2 Cleanser is specially formulated for oily and acne-prone skin. Contains 10% ultra-pure glycolic acid in combination 2% salicylic (an acne medication). This cleanser is fortified with Green Tea Extract and Zinc. This product has been phased out -- We recommend the following similar cleansers:
Cellective AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
RepleniX Gly / Sal 5-2 Cleanser

GlyDerm Gentle Cleanser is a concentrated 2% AHA (glycolic acid) cleanser which contains no soap or alkalis and may be used on even the most sensitive skin.
This product has been phased out by DCL. Replacement product is DCL Active Cleanser

DCL Beta Hydroxy Acne Cleanser
Foam away impurities and dead skin cells with this rich frothy cleanser, ideal for acne-prone skin.
Glycolix 15% Cleansing Pads CELLective Elite Treatment Pads 10 DCL AHA Revitalizing Lotion 10
Elite Treatment Pads 10%
Our Price: $29.00
Glycolix 15% Cleansing Pads - - Contains 15% ultra-pure glycolic acid to gently exfoliate, moisturize and assist in the removal of oils and residue on the skin. CELLective Clinical Glycolix Treatment Pads 10% contains glycolix
acid in easy to apply pads to gently exfoliate, moisturize and assist
in the removal of oils and residue on the skin. These convenient and
simple to use treatment pads contain witch hazel to deliver skin toning
and astringent benefits.Excellent for teens or on the go to throw into
the gym bag. Assists in removing oils and sweat quickly and easily to
support a treatment program where blackheads and breakouts are a concern
or for a quick toning and exfoliating treatment. Leaves skin feeling
clean, beautifully radiant and smooth.
Recommended Alternatives:
Glytone Exfoliating Lotion 11
GlyDerm Lotion Plus 10%

Elegant translucent lotion specifically designed to relieve visible signs of dry skin. Followed with an application of a light moisturizer the skin will be left feeling smoother looking healthier and appearing radiant.
DCL AHA Revitalizing Cleanser GlyDerm Lotion 5 Gly Derm Lotion Lite 5
Lotion 5%
Our Price: $34.00
Lotion Lite 5%
Our Price: $34.00
DCL AHA Revitalizing Cleanser 4
Purifying cleanser floats-away excess oil and pore-clogging debris. Leaves skin immaculately clean and radiantly refreshed. Glycolic acid concentration 4%. AHA Revitalizing Cleanser 4 should be used a part of your daily regimen when using any glycolic acid based treatment product within the DCL line.
GlyDerm Lotion 5% allows for a low dose glycolic acid in a time
released formula to exfoliate dead skin cells while also hydrating the
skin and providing for gentle remodeling without the irritation and
redness typically associated with glycolic products. Excellent for
sensitive skin and teens.
GlyDerm Lotion Lite 5% - 5% AHA Indication - Normal, combination to slightly oily skin. Lite Lotions and Lite Hydrotone are formulated with no petrolatum or mineral oil.
Used to continue to improve skin appearance or to maintain the in office facials.

GlyDerm Lotion Lite 5%
is indicated for use to break up and slough off dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. In removing these dead skin cells, the skin functions optimally and pores shrink down. Improvement in skin coloring and overall health. Glycolic acid, when applied topically to the skin, smoothes the appearance of pores, fine lines, increases skin hydration and the skin begins to get a healthy glow.
Glyderm Cream Glycolix Elite Treatment Pads 20% CELLective Clinical Glycolix Elite Facial Cream 15%
Cream 5
Our Price: $35.00
GlyDerm Cream 5 AHA Indication - Dry or mature skin. Used to
continue to improve skin appearance or to keep the results of the
in-office applications lasting longer.
CELLective Clinical Glycolix Treatment Pads 20% contains glycolix
acid in easy to apply pads to gently exfoliate, moisturize and assist
in the removal of oils and residue on the skin. These convenient and
simple to use treatment pads contain witch hazel to deliver skin toning
and astringent benefits.Excellent for teens or on the go to throw into
the gym bag. Assists in removing oils and sweat quickly and easily to
support a treatment program where blackheads and breakouts are a concern
or for a quick toning and exfoliating treatment. Leaves skin feeling
clean, beautifully radiant and smooth.
CELLective Clinical Glycolix Elite Facial Cream 15% contains 15%
ultra-pure glycolic acid to accelerate the removal of dead skin cells
and provide softer, smoother, skin texture and tone.
Cosmetically elegant cream formulation contains dimethicone to help
prevent water loss and improve moisturization. Rich cream formulation
contains vitamin E, vitamin A, and vitamin C to condition the skin and
assist in minimizing free-radical-induced skin damage.
Exuviance Essential Multi-Hydrating Hand and Body CELLective AHA / BHA Exfoliating Cleanser GlyDerm Gly Masque
Gly Masque
Our Price: $38.00
Exuviance Essential Multi-Hydrating Hand and Body Lotion is Fragrance-Free, Contains hyaluronic acid, Ophthalmologist-Tested

All Skins Formula - Formulated with nourishing emollients, moisturizers, antioxidants, multivitamins, essential lipids and botanicals to soothe the delicate eye area and help prevent the signs of aging.
CELLective AHA / BHA Exfoliating Cleanser is an intensive cleanser that polishes away dullness and impurities with three exfoliating agents: Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Glycolic Acid and Jojoba beads revealing a smoother, younger-looking complexion. GlyDerm Gly Masque - 3% AHA* - A unique, combination of Glycolic esters and natural rare earths. The Masque makes the skin feel invigorated and smoother. In addition, make-up may be applied immediately after.
gloTherapeutics Renew Serum Neostrata Ultra Smoothing Cream GlyDerm Lotion Lite
Renew Serum
Our Price: $38.00
Lotion Lite Plus 10%
Our Price: $38.50
gloTherapeutics Renew Serum contains hydroxy acids and retinol to stimulate a mild exfoliation and cell renewal to smooth, improve texture and tone of the skin. Blended with anti-bacterial agents that provide oil control benefits.

7% Glycolic Acid - keratolytic AHA that smoothes and improves skins texture

2% Salicylic Acid - renews skin and has anti-acne and anti-irritant properties

1% Retinol - accelerates cellular renewal
An extra rich emollient cream for light exfoliation and hydration of sun damaged skin. Fragrance-free. Contains 10% glycolic acid, and is suggested to improve dry, rough or photo-aged skin on the face and neck. Gly Derm Lotion Lite Plus - 10% AHA Indication - Normal to slightly oily skin. Lite Lotions and Lite Hydrotone are formulated with no petrolatum or mineral oil. Used to continue to improve skin appearance or to keep the results of the in-office applications lasting longer.

Time Released exfoliating glycolic acid reduces breakouts, fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation as it unclogs pores and controls oil production. Lemon extract supports a bright and healthy tone, leaving the skin with a restored glow. Glycolic acid in a time released state allows for better tolerance of higher concentrations.
Gly Derm Lotion Plus 10% Gly Derm Cream Plus 10 CELLective Clinical Glycolix Elite Facial Cream 20%
Lotion Plus 10%
Our Price: $38.50
Cream PLUS 10
Our Price: $38.50
Attain smoother, healthier, and younger-looking skin.

Gly Derm Lotion Plus 10% helps the skin retain more moisture to rejuvenate the skin.

Many glycolic acid products simply can't do what they promise. And most over-the-counter brands have been neutralized or buffered. If you want the most effective Glycolic acid formulations available, rely on the power of physician-strength Gly Derm.
GlyDerm Cream Plus 10% AHA Indication - Dry or mature skin. Used to continue to improve skin appearance or to keep the results of the in-office applications lasting longer.

  • Improved skin hydration
  • Removal of excess dead skin cells revealing a smooth complexion
  • Softening of lines and wrinkles around the mouth, eyes and forehead as well as cheeks
  • Reduction in the size and visability of enlarged pores
CELLective Clinical Glycolix Elite Facial Cream 20% is cosmetically elegant and has been specially formulated to help achieve softer, smoother skin texture and tone. This light cream formula contains a rich blend of antioxidants including Liposomal Vitamins A, C, E and Green Tea Extract with combination of Co-Q10 to assist in minimizing free-radical-induced skin damage while aiding in the restoration of healthy looking skin.

DCL AHA Revitalizing Gel 15 GlyDerm Cream Plus 12 Glytone Exfoliating Lotion 1
Cream PLUS 12
Our Price: $40.00
Exfoliating Lotion 1 PM
Our Price: $40.00
AHA Revitalizing Gel 15 is no longer made by DCL. We recommend the DCL Resurfacing Lotion 20

A medium potency glycolic acid-based gel formula to relieve rough, dry, thickened skin. Excellent on body acne and calluses of the elbow, knees and soles of the feet.
GlyDerm Cream Plus 12 AHA Salicylated Glycolic Acid - Dry or mature skin. Used to continue to improve skin appearance or to keep the results of the in-office applications lasting longer.

GlyDerm Cream Plus 12% is a free acid value of glycolic acid in a time released formula allowing for exfoliation of dead skin cells and hydration of the skin simultaneously.
Step Up System
Penetrates to exfoliate the top layer of skin to enhance skin tone for a healthy, revitalized complexion. The product has a pH of 3.3 and free glycolic acid percentage of 5.5%.
CELLective AHA BHA Lipo Serum gloTherapeutics Refine Tonic DCL AHA Revitalizing Cream 15
Refine Tonic
Our Price: $42.00
CELLective AHA / BHA Lipo Serum This unique serum is formulated with combinations of alpha hydroxy and beta hydoxy acids. When you combine alpha and beta hydroxys, the skin responds two-fold. AHA's break down dead skin cells at various levels (glycolics exfoliate deeper while lactic acid exfoliates superficially).
Recommended For: Aging, sundamaged, combination, oily, congested, dull complexions, pre-treatment
gloRefine Tonic rebalances and repairs wounded skin by decreasing inflammation. It also effectively prepares skin for serum treatments.
Recommended Alternatives:
Glytone Rejuvenate Facial Cream 2
Glycolix Elite Facial Cream 15%


A medium potency glycolic acid-based cream formula to relieve rough, dry, thickened skin. Contains 15% glycolic acid in a cream base that will exfoliate and refine skins surface while maintaining moisture to avoid excessive dryness during treatment.