MUAC Gly-Luronic Acid Serum | Pimple-free complexion that’s smooth like a hard boiled egg

MUAC Gly-Luronic Acid Serum is a great skincare product I’ve discovered in 2016 and am still using it now in 2020. If you are looking to achieve younger-looking skin and pimple-free complexion, check out this review.

Gly-Luronic Acid Serum
MUAC Gly-Luronic Acid Serum

Did you know that Gly-Luronic Acid serum is my go-to pimple-buster? It kills pimples fast while helping me achieve firmer and more radiant skin at the same time. In case I’ve made this acid serum sound like a pimple cream, it’s not.

Gly-Luronic Serum is an exfoliant that contains 15% Glycolic Acid. It works by removing dead skin cells to reveal baby-soft skin. Here are its published benefits: 

  1. – Minimizes the look of large pores
  2. – Softens scars
  3. – Reduces skin discolorations of all kinds
  4. – Refines skin’s texture and natural tone
  5. – Brightens skin

Does it live up to its claims? We’ll find out soon.


7 Things I Love about Gly-Luronic Acid Serum

1. Kills Pimples Quickly

Every time I suffer from a breakout, I would instinctively reach out for Gly-Luronic Acid Serum. It works speedily in killing my active pimples…like within 2 days. And my complexion would recover in record time.

2. Firmer Skin and Smaller Pores

After using Gly-Luronic Acid Serum for a week, my pores appeared less visible. Fast forward another few more weeks and I started noticing how taut and firm my skin was.

The nasolabial folds also didn’t bother me as much as before. 

Gly-Luronic Acid Serum
Smaller pores in 7 days

3. More Radiant Skin

With the killer combination of Gly-Luronic Acid Serum and Vitamin C serum, my skin looked more radiant. No more dullness. 

4. No Purging Phase

Unlike MUAC Mandelic Acid Serum that worked well but came with an initial purging phase, Gly-Luronic Serum was safe on my pimple-prone skin.

There was never an instance when my face broke out, whether before, during or after application. That’s why I’ve been using this product since 2016. 

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5. Moisturized Skin

What makes MUAC Gly-Luronic Acid Serum stand out is the combination of Glycolic Acid (15%) and Hyaluronic Acid (50%). The former is dehydrating while the latter is famous for its water-retaining ability.

After applying the exfoliating serum, I didn’t feel an immense need to layer on with a moisturizer. In fact, I’ve occasionally skipped moisturizer when I feel lazy. :) 

6. Reasonably-Priced Anti-aging Serum

The price has gone up by a few dollars since I first published this review in 2016. Right now, it’s priced at US$25 for a 30ml bottle

I think it’s still reasonably-priced for an anti-aging serum that comes with good and proven ingredients. Many serums out there with the same ingredients would easily cost double or triple the price.

7. Great Packaging

MUAC products typically come in fuss-free and under-labelled bottles. Gly-Luronic Acid Serum is different as it belongs to MUAC’s premium “Bell Evolve” range.

The silver and sturdy pump bottle provides hygienic and easy application. One pump delivers just the right amount for a one-time application. You can also find clear instructions at the back of the bottle.

Gly-Luronic Acid Serum
Pump Bottle


Should I use Gly-Luronic Acid Serum or DIY Chemical Peel? 

My holygrail DIY chemical peel is 40% Glycolic Acid Peel. So what’s the difference between using Gly-Luronic Serum and Glycolic at-home peels? Can they be used together?

First of all, Gly-Luronic Acid Serum contains only 15% glycolic acid, while DIY chemical peels can contain 30% to 70% of acid. With the serum’s lower acid strength, it can be used daily or on alternate days as part of your beauty routine. On the other hand, DIY chemical peels can only be used weekly or fortnightly.

How do I combine the usage of both? I used to use DIY peels fortnightly until I discovered Gly-Luronic Acid Serum. Since the latter is easier to apply, I find myself relying less on DIY Chemical peels. Here’s my new routine:

  • I use Gly-Luronic Acid Serum on alternate days or daily when I have pimples
  • I use DIY Chemical Peels once every few months as I find application a hassle
  • Do note that I never overlap their usage on any given day. I would refrain from using any harsh or exfoliating products 3 to 5 days before/after a chemical peel 


How to apply MUAC Gly-Luronic Acid Serum? 

Here’s the official instruction:

Cleanse, allow skin to dry. Squeeze a few drops of serum onto a cotton ball or cotton pad. Apply thoroughly all over your face, neck and chest. Do not rinse.
Layer your other skin care products on top, as desired.

For me, I skip the cotton pad and simply dispense the serum onto my palm and dab it onto my face using my finger tips. I thought it’s less wasteful and my skin gets better contact with the acid.


Ingredients – MUAC Gly-Luronic Acid serum

Here’s the ingredients:

Purified Water, Glycolic Acid, Ammonium Hydroxide, Hyaluronic Acid,  Ethoxydiglycol,  Aloe Barbadensis leaf extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoexyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Gly-Luronic Acid Serum
Ingredient List


What to Expect after using MUAC Gly-Luronic Acid Serum? 

1. Texture

MUAC Gly-Luronic Acid Serum leaves a slightly sticky afterfeel. As such, my skin feels lightly-moisturized which allows me to skip the moisturizer at times.

Gly-Luronic Acid Serum
Texture of Gly-Luronic Acid Serum

2. Pain Level

I feel a slight stingy sensation at times (when skin was more dehydrated) and only on certain parts of my face (the drier portion). On a scale of 1 to 10, the pain level is just 1/10

3. Any skin peeling? 

I have not experienced any visible peeling or flaking of the skin. Therefore, this serum is great because you get exfoliated skin without having to suffer any downtime.

4. Dried-up Sebum in Pores after 1 week

As with all acid products I’ve used, I would feel dried-up sebum (like white-heads) in my pores after a week. That’s when I would reach out for my Cure Natural Aqua Gel which would efficiently remove most, if not all of these white heads.

> MUST-READ: Cure Natural Aqua Gel | A gentle exfoliator that works



I’m up to the last few drops of MUAC Gly-Luronic Acid Serum and would likely be repurchasing it. It’s an effective everyday acid serum which I would recommend to those who have the following skin concerns:

  • Dull skin
  • Acne-prone skin
  • Large pores
  • Mild sagging of the skin (start with this before moving on to higher-strength peels)

Rating: 5/5


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(This post was first published in March 2016 and last updated in April 2020.)

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17 thoughts on “MUAC Gly-Luronic Acid Serum | Pimple-free complexion that’s smooth like a hard boiled egg”

  1. I’m confused…you say 15% glycolic acid and 50% hyaluronic acid but on the ingredients list is has glycolic before hyaluronic which would be the other way around if it had more hyaluronic than glycolic. I thought the nature of ingredient lists was such that the higher percentage ingredients were listed first and then in descending order…

  2. hello, do you still find the serum useful?
    there is significant difference in your skin in the photo and i do wanna try for my pore and scar
    however , i am a bit scared so i just wanna check before i buy it

    1. Hi Susan, I’m still using it, especially when I have breakouts and want them to disappear fast. You will feel a tingle. This thing is unlikely to cause burn as it only qualifies as a superficial peel. Still, do follow the product instruction, and not to overuse it or combine it with other exfoliant product such as scrub or laser. All the best! =)

  3. hi ! i tried purchasing the peel from MUAC through vpost but they said the items are prohibited and cannot be sent over. Did you have the same difficulty ?

    1. Hi Feon, I did order this through vpost too, and did not encounter any problem. Did vpost say why the items are prohibited? Thanks for sharing with us and hope to hear from you on the follow-up, as I may need to do a replenishment soon.

      1. I think because it has acid in it, I’ve even sent them the product safety sheet from MUAC and yet they said they are prohibited items :( Now I’m trying to use Ezybuy to ship over the items instead. If you take a look at the vpost items restrictions, there are a ton of banned items. My experience with the vpost was really unpleasant, it has been a month and my items are still stucked in that vpost warehouse… would strongly advise you to look for other courier service instead.

        1. Thanks for updating us, so that we can be more careful when choosing a logistics provider for acid products. Perhaps, the prohibited list has changed since the last time I ordered the products, and I’m glad you were able to find an alternative provider. Regarding my recent experience with Vpost (2 months ago), it was actually quite good. After my first product arrived at vpost, they offered free holding period of 21 days and I made use of that to order a few more items from different online shops. After I saw that all had arrived, I then click a button to allow vpost to commence shipping. Thereafter, the products arrived within a week, very much shorter than my chosen (cheaper) speed option. And I only needed to pay the base charge once for all these items.

          1. You are very lucky hehe, wait till when sh** happens then you will know how lousy their service is. I was very shocked at how their customer service handle the case, I needed to call their hotline every time just to have a follow up because they never bother to reply me…

            May I know when was the last time you ordered from MUAC through vpost ?

          2. Choy! Touch wood. Now, you are really scaring me. I can imagine how frustrating that must have been for you. Glad that the ordeal is over.

            The last time I used Vpost was during Christmas period – bought quite a lot of stuff including beauty products, electronics and food items. Okay, hope you have recovered from the shock. Enjoy using the products!

        2. Hi Feon, I HAD THE EXACT SAME NIGHTMARE EXPERIENCE WITH VPOST! Can I check with you if you managed to order the MUAC products through Ezbuy instead?? :)

          1. Hi Denise, thanks for sharing with us your difficulty with the logistics provider. I hope Feon will see your message soon and that things will turn out well for you.

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