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Glycolic Acid

CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories

Dermatological agent

Skin protectant

Chemical Names

2-Hydroxyacetic acid

Hydroxyetanoic acid

Foreign Names

  • Acidum glycolicum (Latin)
  • Glycolsäure (German)
  • Glicólico, ácido (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • 4-03-00-00571 (IS: Beilstein)
  • BRN 1209322 (IS)
  • Glycollic Acid (IS)
  • NSC 166 (IS)

Brand Names

  • Biobase-G (Glycolic Acid and Ethanol)
    Odan, Canada
  • Glicoderm
    Mex-América, Mexico
  • Glicolic
    Italmex, Mexico; Medihealth, Colombia; Roemmers, Ecuador; Roemmers, Peru; Roemmers Centroamérica, Costa Rica; Roemmers Centroamérica, Guatemala; Roemmers Centroamérica, Honduras; Roemmers Centroamérica, Nicaragua; Roemmers Centroamérica, Panama; Roemmers Centroamérica, El Salvador
  • Glicolic (Glycolic Acid and Tocopherol)
    Medihealth, Colombia
  • Glicolic-H (Glycolic Acid and Hydroquinone)
    Italmex, Mexico; Medihealth, Colombia; Roemmers, Ecuador
  • Glisal (Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid)
    Dermacare, Peru; Laboratorios Siegfried, Colombia
  • Glyco
    Micro Gratia, India
  • Glyco A
    Isis Pharma, Peru
  • Glyco-A
    Micro Gratia, India
  • Glycore
    Pharmacore Laboratories, Indonesia
  • Glyquin XM (Glycolic Acid and Hydroquinone)
    Valeant, Brazil
  • Interquin Plus (Glycolic Acid and Hydroquinone)
    Interbat, Indonesia
  • Teranex
    Innoderm, Philippines
  • Vansame GS (Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid)
    Valuge, Argentina


ISInofficial Synonym

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