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!


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.


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 Foaming Glycolic Wash c/o the company via Brandbacker


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