Does Using Glycolic Acid On Your Underarms Really Do Anything?
Viral beauty TikTok hacks leave some people incredibly happy and others wishing they’ve never tried it. User @Calistatee posted a viral video showing her using The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid Toner on her underarms, leaving people to wonder if it’s safe to try.
Calista and others used this toner in place of deodorant because they said it eliminates odors, treats ingrown hairs, and brightens your skin. Glycolic acid is a chemical exfoliant, and Dr. Ana explains, “It essentially works by breaking the bonds between dead skin cells which helps to resurface (or smooth) the top layer of the skin.”
Experts agree that glycolic acid brightens and helps ingrown hairs, however, it should not replace your deodorant. Dr. Ana says, “I am not a fan of this trend at all and would definitely recommend sticking to tried and tested deodorants,” and Dr. Marisa Garshick revealed using glycolic acid on your underarms can lead to dryness, flakiness, and irritation.