In this case study, a contract development and manufacturing company engaged CPL Business Consultants to assess the market for glycolic acid in the United States. The client subsequently launched a premium-grade glycolic acid for skin and hair care products. 

CPL’s client required strategic advice on developing an anhydrous alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) business, mainly in the cosmetics sector. AHAs include lactic acid, citric acid, hydroxycaprylic acid, hydroxycapric acid and glycolic acid.

CPL analysed the market potential for anhydrous AHA as a premium (or substitute) ingredient. We made strategic recommendations concerning potential applications and the size and scope of the opportunity.

The main geographic focus of this study was North America, although information relating to other markets was included. The study provided market insight into using anhydrous AHA, primarily in cosmetics. It also gave projections of market value and growth which were used in the client’s business plan.

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Glycolic Acid US Market

Executive Summary

  • Objective
  • Method and Scope
  • Principal Findings
    • Background
    • Market
    • Anhydrous Crystalline GA Market
    • The Cosmetics Market
  • Conclusions
  • Recommendations


  • Glycolic Acid
  • Biodegradable Polymers

Glycolic Acid Markets

  • The Market for Glycolic acid
    • Uses and Applications
  • The Market for Anhydrous GA e.g.:
    • Cosmetic & Personal Care
    • Chemical Synthesis

Glycolic Acid Manufacturers, Products and Prices

  • Manufacturers
  • US Traders & Processors
  • Non-US Traders & Processors
  • Glycolic Acid Formulators
  • Skin Care and Cosmetics End-Users
  • Dermatology Industry End-Users
  • Glycolide Manufacturers
  • Bio-degradable Polymer Manufacturers
  • Other Manufacturers

Global Cosmetics Industry Overview

  • Markets and Trends
  • Main Players

Contact Reports

  • Manufacturers
  • Traders & Processors
  • Formulators
  • End Users in Skin Care and Cosmetics
  • End Users in the Dermatology Industry
  • Manufacturers of Glycolide
  • Manufacturers of Bio-degradable Polymers
  • Others


  • Trade News

Tables & Figures

  • Products
  • Prices
  • Glycolic Acid Market Data

In addition to this project on the US glycolic acid market, CPL has also worked on, e.g., sebacic acid and alpha-linolenic acid. You can find other examples by browsing this site or using the search bar on this page. Have a look at our PowerPoint Introduction and Brochure describing deliverables, differentiators and case studies. Eight case studies can also be reviewed.

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