If you are looking to fight the signs of aging, which show in your face in the form of fine lines and wrinkles, saggy skin with dark circles under your eyes, you must know the ingredients that you are using to find if the product is right for you. One of those ingredients you will commonly see in anti aging skin care products is Gluconolactone. Approved for use by the FDA for a number of different products, I will review what this ingredient does and why it is so widely used today.

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Molecular structure of Gluconolactone

Gluconolactone – What Is It?

This chemical is a polyhydroxy acid, not to be confused with alpha and beta hydroxyl acids (like lactic acid and glycolic acid) which can be harmful to the skin when seen in high concentrations. While this is also an acid, it is more gentle on the skin as a result of its structure. It has larger molecules than the other kinds of acids used in health and beauty products for anti aging purposes. While this has some advantages, it does have its drawbacks as well. Because of the larger molecular size, it is tougher to penetrate through the layers of the skin to get to the root of the problem at the skin’s internal layers.

Who is Gluconolactone Good For?

If you have experienced side effects from more acidic products on the market, such as redness, dry skin, peeling or other irritations, you may need a more gentle acid in the products you are using. This is especially true for those who have sensitive skin, and gluconolactone may be a better option for you than the more harsh products you have been using. These side effects can cause great pain and discomfort, and it is recommended you discontinue use as soon as any adverse reactions are experienced.

How Effective is It?

You may be curious how this ingredient performs in relation to those that contain other acids such as alpha and beta hydroxy that are used more commonly an active ingredient. Tests have been conducted that show that fine lines and wrinkles in the facial area can noticeably decrease in around six weeks on average, with better results shown after more prolonged use of a few months or more. As with anything, consistency is key. Do not expect immediate results overnight, as the formulation needs time to be absorbed into the skin to show the best results. If you are looking for overnight results, botox might help, but beware the risks.

Side Effects

There is a low instance of side effects with products containing this as opposed to more harsh acids. Those with particularly sensitive skin may have an adverse reaction such as dryness, redness or other irritations, but these effects are uncommon due to its gentle nature. Be sure to consult your dermatologist before starting any new skin care product to see if it is a good fit for your skin type, and stop using at the first sign of any bad side effects.