Glycolic Acid Solution


Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) naturally found in sugar. When applied to the skin, glycolic acid works to break the bonds between the outer layer of skin cells, including dead skin cells, and the next skin cell layer. This creates a peeling effect that can make the skin appear smoother and more even over time. Glycolic acid, especially the use of higher concentrations found in chemical peels, can cause skin irritation, itching, swelling, and sun sensitivity. The higher the concentration and the longer the application duration, the greater the intensity and peeling effect. For these reasons, Glycolic Acid Chemical Peels are best administered under professional supervision by a healthcare practitioner.1



How Supplied

Patients that would benefit from the administration of this preparation may be prescribed this compounded preparation as determined by a prescriber. Common formulations prepared at Galleria Medical Pharmacy include but are not limited to:

Glycolic Acid 20% Solution

Glycolic Acid 30% Solution

Glycolic Acid 40% Solution

Glycolic Acid 50% Solution

As per FDA regulations, compounds prepared by a pharmacy are not intended for office use (e.g., office stock of a drug that is administered to multiple patients). As such, this preparation requires a prescription, which is then administered to the specified patient by a healthcare practitioner at their practice.


Store this medication at 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C) and away from heat, moisture and light. Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Throw away any unused medicine after the beyond use date. Do not flush unused medications or pour down a sink or drain.


  1. Sheau-Chung Tang, Jen-Hung Yang. Dual Effects of Alpha-Hydroxy Acids on the Skin. Molecules. 2018 Apr; 23(4): 863.

Compounding Pharmacy Statement

This preparation is compounded with drug components whose suppliers are registered with the FDA. While Galleria Medical Pharmacy adheres to USP <795> guidelines and applicable state and federal regulations to meet the required quality standards, the statements made regarding this preparation have not been evaluated by the FDA for safety or clinical effectiveness. As such, this preparation is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For inquiries concerning this preparation, please contact (504) 267-9876.