Berg + Schmidt, expert in functional raw materials and distribution partner of CrossChem, offers customers in Europe true added value by providing exclusive advice and insights on how to best utilise the latest findings on GlyAcid® (INCI: glycolic acid). A new publication by US-based specialty chemical manufacturer CrossChem gathers latest scientific results, focusing on its molecular structure and unique mechanism for improved skin. Highly pure and formaldehyde-free GlyAcid® is available in either a 70% solution or in 99% solid form. Depending on the concentration, its exfoliating, rejuvenating and smoothing effect makes it perfect for consumer products such as creams, facial tonics, conditioners and nail care treatments. In the current pandemic situation it is also a trendy ingredient for defending the skin against maskne (acne from wearing face masks).

Combination of application know-how and research work brings benefits for customers

Florence Olechowski, Division Manager Cosmetics at Berg + Schmidt: "GlyAcid® is the current benchmark for glycolic acid products due to its high purity and the absence of formaldehyde. As the exclusive distributor in Europe, we know that application know-how is also elementary. Thanks to our in-house Technology Center in Ahrensburg and CrossChem's ongoing research work, we can offer individual service and consultancy on all aspects of product development, in order to formulate in the best possible way." 

Findings demonstrate positive effects of glycolic acid on skin and hair

CrossChem recently undertook a comprehensive analysis of available studies and has since published an overview of the current state of research on the effectiveness and application areas of glycolic acid. Being the smallest possible alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA), glycolic acid is able to penetrate the skin, enhances the penetration of other active ingredients into the skin, and helps to repair fatigued and damaged cells. The three-dimensional structure as well as the chemical composition of the structural units in the uppermost skin layers are well-suited to bond with glycolic acid. Moreover, glycolic acid weakens adhesion of dead skin cells, allowing them to be uniformly shed in a controlled manner. Induced repair mechanisms result in a strong exfoliating and cell-renewing effect, not only for healthy but also damaged and mature skin. At the same time, it can also lead to the release of cytokines that promote the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Formulations with glycolic acid promote rejuvenated, firmer and a more even skin appearance, as well as shiny, smooth hair and nail surfaces.

About Berg + Schmidt

The Berg + Schmidt GmbH & Co. KG offers the development and production of optimised ingredients for animal nutrition, cosmetics and oleochemistry. The product portfolio benefits from over 60 years of comprehensive expertise, continuous research and a clear service orientation towards the customer. As a subsidiary of the independent, owner-managed Stern-Wywiol Gruppe with a total of 12 sister companies, Berg + Schmidt profits from various synergies. The company gathers the combined know-how of some 100 R&D specialists in the large Stern Technology Center in Ahrensburg with its extensive application technology. Customers also can take advantage of the group's international network, consisting of 17 subsidiaries and numerous qualified foreign representatives in the important key markets. Added to this are jointly used production facilities and the group's own logistics. With a turnover of over 500 million euros and about 1700 employees worldwide, the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe is one of the most successful internationally operating companies in the world of food, feed and cosmetic ingredients.

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