Beauty Review // NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash

Hi all! Today I have another cult favorite skincare item to review, as always, on my quest to find the perfect skincare regimen! I’ve locked into a good routine, but I always like to switch it up to find out what could work better for me. Today I’m reviewing the NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash, a strong, pH-balanced foaming face wash with 18% glycolic acid. I’ve used glycolic acid face washes before, and was eager to try it out!

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For reference, my skin type and current regimen:

Skin Type: Combination skin with dry spots and oily spots, especially in my T-zone; tendency to get blackheads; a touch of rosacea; hormonal breakouts

Morning: Wash with Cera-Ve Hydrating Face Wash, use dermatologist-prescribed rosacea cream, moisturize with St. Ives collagen moisturizer

Night: Remove makeup with Pond’s cold cream and a makeup remover wipe, exfoliate with Derma E Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Wash, apply dermatologist-prescribed Aczone, apply moisturizer again

For a couple weeks, instead of using my nightly charcoal face wash, I swapped it out for the NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash. Here’s what I thought.

The first thing I noticed during my first wash with this product was the burn: boy, did I feel it. It’s over the line of just being tingly; it feels like when you’ve shaved your legs with a blunt razor: super uncomfortable. Made me want to rinse it off right away, which I did. That’s how I knew it was working, and would have been worth the burn if it worked well, but unfortunately, this is not going to be part of my regular face wash routine.

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Personally, even though technically it’s worse for your skin, I like physical exfoliants better than chemical ones. I like scrubby things, because it physically helps my skin shed dead skin cells and turnover new ones. I can feel the difference before and after using a scrubby wash: my skin feels smoother. With the NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash, my face felt so dry afterward, and definitely not smoother.

Because I also have the tendency to get small spots on my back and chest, I also used the NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash in the shower, as a body wash. For a couple weeks, I noticed more bumps than usual on those areas. Huge disappointment. I stopped using it and haven’t picked it up since. I switched back to my normal exfoliant and my skincare regimen went back to normal.

I know this is a cult favorite among a lot of pro-glycolic acid users, but it just didn’t work for me. If you’d like to try it out to prove me wrong, you can get it for $40 at NeoStrata.com!

NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash c/o the company via Brandbacker

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