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Get Glowing with a Glycolic Acid Wash

I'm a little obsessive when it comes to having healthy skin, and although Differin has cleared up most of my acne, I still didn't have that glow that I've been seeking. So on Saturday, I went to a med-spa to discuss my options. After looking at my skin, the esthetician suggested Jan Marini Bioglycolic cleanser (about $30). Now, normally I'd never spend this much for a cleanser, but because I don't currently have a glycolic acid product in my daily regimen, I decided to give it a whirl.

After just a few days, I'm hooked. This is already making a difference. I'm starting to have that shiny-but-not-oily glow that I covet, and my skin feels soft and smooth. And even though it doesn't irritate my skin, know that this is serious stuff: the cleanser contains 12% glycolic acid, which is a pretty hefty concentration. To use the cleanser, you put a small amount on dry skin — it can't be wet — and massage it into skin for about a minute before rinsing.

I was worried that a glycolic product would be too harsh for my skin, especially considering my Differin use, but it's been great so far. If you're dealing with dull skin and regular exfoliants aren't doing much for you, I would definitely try this cleanser. Or for a more affordable version, try Aqua Glycolic Facial Cleanser ($14.49). Although I haven't used it, the ingredient list is nearly identical, with only a slightly less potent percentage of glycolic acid. Give either of these a try; I'm almost positive you'll have great results!

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Jasmine-Santa2757239 Jasmine-Santa2757239 4 years
You should try Lady Soma's Antioxidant Berry Mask. It has glycolics in it. This mask is great for leaving your skin soft, refreshed, and clarified. After I apply (it tingles a bit at first, but just for a few minutes and is totally tolerable, plus you know it's working :-) Then leave it on for a while, and wash it off. Afterwards, my skin feels very soft, refreshed and the tone is nice and even, bright and clear. I even put it on my husband and it has made his dry skin smooth and tone more even. You can see the difference after just one application, but you really notice better results after a few times. Very good product for home facials.
Bearcat Bearcat 8 years
I came across this product profile while reaseacrhing AHA and BHA Cleansers; however, I was very surprised to see these products have parabens and other questionable ingredients. I'm sure it must have slipped by the screeners on your site. Bearcat
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
Have been using this for about 4 days. Clear skin already. Seriously! Only using my SPF 15 Boscia lotion and my skin is not dry at all. And my skin is PICKY! Loving this.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
I just purchased this yesterday, I will let you know my thoughts :)
Nicwolf Nicwolf 9 years
I had a glycolic facial at a Med-Spa and the next day everyone said that my skin was glowing. It was kind of pricey ($100) and didn't last forever, so I'm very happy to hear some first hand testimony about over-the-counter products with glycolic acid. I will definitely give them a try.
luluroller luluroller 9 years
I got a facial around Christmas and bought this on the recommendation of the spa. IT IS AMAZING! I have very sensitive skin and this wash paired with the Jan Marini SPF moisturizer has done wonders for my skin. Before starting to use these products I used the same wash and moisturizer for years but never had the glow mentioned by Bella. This stuff gives me the glow and makes sure my pores stay clear. It's worth the price and I'm never looking back.
emalove emalove 9 years
Sounds nice!
Beauty Beauty 9 years
I take an all-in-one B vitamin that has a few B vitamins in it, but the flax seed is its own pill.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
Thanks Bella! Do you take a multivitamin and a separate B vitamin? I am confused by all the numbers, like B12 etc.
BeautyXRush BeautyXRush 9 years
I have the aqua glycolic, and it didnt seem to do anything. I almost got a chemical burn from it actually.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Oh, a peel... that's still a really high concentration. I wouldn't do it personally, but I tend to be cautious anytime I see the word "peel." If you haven't had a peel done before, go to a spa first. It stings. I take flax seed oil and B vitamins, and those seem to help my skin. But we all lose collagen and elasticity over time. I do think that eating lots of fruits and vegetables results in healthier-looking skin. Whenever I eat lots of blueberries or can afford to drink pomegranate juice all of the time, my skin just looks brighter.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
Bella, is there anything taken internally that is great for keeping skin's elasticity? For example I think maybe fish oil capsules help with that. Maybe you could do a post on that. :D I would be very thankful!
rgrl rgrl 9 years
It's a Glycolic peel, not a wash. I guess you put it on and leave it on for a few minutes then remove. It does sound scary for an at home treatment but there's a part of me that's curious. :makeup:
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Oof, I wouldn't go with a 35% wash. That scares me. I didn't think a wash would be effective, but I leave it on my skin for about a minute, and I definitely get a bit of tingling fun. I haven't tried the DDF toner, but it sounds like it would be great.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
I also have been looking into Glycolic acid products lately. For some reason I thought a wash isn't as effective because... you wash it off. So I had mostly looked at a liquid form. I found the DDF 10% toner which seems to be so good it's out of stock everywhere. Then I went on Amazon and found some made by Skin Ceuticals (I think) and it was 35% concentration. It sounds like serious stuff! Are they even allowed to sell such a high concentration to the public??? I bookmarked a couple of these Glycolic products, you can check them out on my profile.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Katybug518, I test a lot of creams for the site, so it varies, but in general I use Prevage at night and a new Mark sunscreen moisturizer during the day. I would look for a cream that has hyaluronic acid in it; that will help trap moisture in your skin. I do think the glycolic acid would help with acne scars. A lot of people rave about Alpha Hydrox souffle, but it broke me out.
katybug518 katybug518 9 years
I just recently had a BLU Light Treatment for my cystic acne, and now that my skin is recovering, I need to return to my aggressive skin care regimen. I've used several glycolic acid products in the past like MD Forte, and been happy with the results. I wonder if this will help with scarring? What moisturizer are you using in conjunction with this? I'm having a hard time finding a moisturizer the keeps the moisture in my skin, but doesn't leave me feeling greasy.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Sofi, I asked my guy about using a retinoid and he said it was fine. So far my skin has been OK, but I've also been laying off the Differin. If you are going to try both, I would ask your dermatologist, and then yes, like you said, use the retinoid at night and the glycolic product in the morning.
GreenSkittlesGal GreenSkittlesGal 9 years
Wow, sounds great! Can't wait to try! Thanks for the suggestion!!
amybdk amybdk 9 years
No pictures?! (
Sassette Sassette 9 years
Juice Oraganics Brightening Cleanser is what I use – I don't knoe the glycolic acid percentage, but it's great on my sensitive skin!
sunnytropic sunnytropic 9 years
I just tried DermaDoctor Wrinkle Revenge 1 (I believe it's about the same % glycolic acid concentration) and I'm in love! It's about $25 for 7 oz, which I didn't think was bad!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
I've been wondering about GA face wash for a while, but I also thought it would be a bit unfriendly to my skin. Will definitely check this out. Thanks for sharing!
er593395 er593395 9 years
I have a moisturizer with glycolic acid. I love it!!!
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