How to Make a Glycolic Acid Toner

Updated April 17, 2017

Glycolic acid is found in fruits, vegetables, and other plants such as sugar cane. When applied to the skin, glycolic acid works as an exfoliant, helping to remove any dead skin cells that may have accumulated. Glycolic acid also helps to unclog pores and create a smooth texture on the skin's surface. Glycolic acid can be found in many professional and over-the-counter cleansers, moisturisers, and toners. Making your own glycolic acid toner can be a great way to gently introduce glycolic acid into your beauty regimen, as you can control the strength of the product.

Pour 212ml of distilled water into a large glass jar. Add 1 teaspoon coco betaine, 1 1/2 teaspoons Aloe Vera concentrate, 1 1/2 teaspoons wheat protein, 2 1/2 teaspoons glycerine, 1/2 teaspoon sorbitol, 1/2 teaspoon provitamin B5, 1/2 teaspoon potassium sorbate, and 1/2 teaspoon AHA fruit acids. AHA fruit acids contain a combination of glycolic, lactic, tartaric, and citric acids with the highest concentration being glycolic acid.

Mix the solution by stirring gently with a plastic spoon until it is well blended. Dip a pH strip into the toner solution and match it with a pH chart to find the solutions pH value. If the pH is higher than 5.0, add a pinch of AHA fruit acids to help lower it to that level. If the solutions pH is lower than 5.0 add a teaspoon of distilled water to help raise it to that level. Keep adjusting and checking the solution pH until it reaches 5.0.

Pour the glycolic acid toner into a 284gr plastic bottle. Place the lid on the plastic bottle and store it in a cool, dry place until ready to use.


The ingredients for the glycolic acid toner can be purchased online at Making Cosmetics or at just about any cosmetic ingredient suppliers website. The pH papers and colour charts can be purchased at a local department or hardware store. This glycolic acid toner hydrates and conditions the skin along with exfoliating dead skin cells. If you find the glycolic acid toner to be a bit strong for your skin, decrease the amount of AHA fruit acids and increase the amount of distilled water.

Things You'll Need

  • 2041gr. distilled water
  • Large glass jar
  • 1 tsp coco betaine
  • 1 1/2 tsp aloe vera concentrate
  • 1 1/2 tsp wheat protein
  • 2 1/2 tsp glycerine
  • 1/2 tsp sorbitol
  • 1/2 tsp provitamin B5
  • 1/2 tsp potassium sorbate
  • 1/2 tsp. AHA fruit acids
  • Plastic spoon
  • pH papers
  • pH chart
  • 284gr. plastic bottle
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