How to Derive Glycolic Acid From Sugar Cane

Written by michele casteel
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Sugar canes are the main source of glycolic acid. Using hydroxyacetic acid (glycolic acid) is a good way to battle the signs of skin ageing. It is also perfect for people experiencing acne and blackheads. A regular visit to the dermatologist, or purchasing various products on the market can get expensive. You may want to try making your own glycolic acid, which will also give you the opportunity to understand how it is derived.

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Things you need

  • 1 cup white sugar or sugar cane
  • Approximately 5 drops of lemon juice
  • Avocado oil (should be extracted from ripe avocados)
  • Two drops of lavender oil
  • Two drops orange extracts
  • Juicer
  • Sugarcane knife
  • Wooden spoon
  • 2 small bowls

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  1. 1

    Gather all the best sugar cane specimen selections that you can find. Choose only the fresh ones. Chop the canes open using a sugar cane knife.

  2. 2

    Collect the cane’s extracts into one container using a juicer. Alternatively, using white sugar purchased from the supermarket is quite fine. Make sure that you put the sugar into a clean bowl.

  3. 3

    Combine the avocado oil along with the orange extract, lemon juice, lavender oil and avocado oil. Using a wooden spoon, stir the combined oil mixture into the sugar cane extract.

  4. 4

    Stir the combination of oils and extracts for about 1 to 3 minutes, or until the mixture becomes a light paste. Do not stop stirring until you have obtained the desired texture.

  5. 5

    Apply the mixture to your face immediately, once your glycolic acid has the correct consistency--similar to a light syrup. Leave on your face for 3 to 5 minutes. Wash off with soap and water.

Tips and warnings

  • The recommended frequency for applying a glycolic acid peel is once a month.
  • Glycolic acid is a popular way of rejuvenating your skin, giving you a smooth, fair complexion of which you will be proud. It is also an effective treatment for freckles and fine lines. The top layer of your skin is removed by the acid, revealing your new skin underneath.
  • Discard all unused glycolic acid after 24 hours.
  • As skin will be sensitive following your glycolic acid peel, use sunscreen when going outside.

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