Hello Dear readers!
This is my first review in my Skincare Routine ongoing blog series. Please see my intro to this series here. I felt that cleansers were a great place to start when talking about skincare!
This is the cleanser that my Dermatologist always recommends for me. I say "always" because I tried it once in the past, and wasn't crazy about it. Yet, my Dermatologist has been encouraging me during my past few visits to give it a try again. He expresses that a mild glycolic could really help any "congestion" in my skin and could help keep flaky areas at bay. I am quite glad that I decided to give it "another go"! But, I must admit, I do have a bit of a "love/hate" relationship going on with this cleanser. With my super sensitive skin, I have not always had good results with glycolics. But, used in moderation this cleanser works well for me.
Keep reading after the jump for my review:
- This cleanser contains an active ingredient: Glycolic Acid at a 0.2% concentration.
- This is a concentrated cleanser that is "pH adjusted".
- The cleanser itself is creamy in texture and milky in appearance. It rinses clean, which is refreshing as many creamy cleansers leave behind a residue. Not the case with this cleanser. Love that!!!
- Retails around $20 which is really not a bad price for a "specialty" Dermatologist-type brand.
- No frills packaging. I mean, seriously, really plain and basic. I do like the cobalt blue bottle. It stands out amongst all my "white" bottles in the medicine cabinet. Also, I like the pump dispenser. One pump of product dispenses the exact amount that I need to wash my face.
- Cleanses well and removes all traces of makeup. (Side note, I always use a liquid eye makeup remover before I wash my face. Currently using Neutrogena's).
- I do not experience any irritation (itching nor burning) while using this product. This is a major feat for me as so many cleansers irritate my sensitive skin.
After the first few days of use, I was like WOW!!! My skin immediately became noticeably smoother and softer. I also feel that my treatment products were "sinking in" better after cleansing with this. However, over time, I found that I cannot use this cleanser longer than either 3 days in a row or 2-3x a week without my skin becoming too dry (and an increase in daytime flakiness). So, I rotate my use of this cleanser with my long-time HG product: the much more gentle Topix Resurfix Ultra Gentle Cleanser (the review for this cleanser will be coming up next in my "Skincare Routine" series). Keep in mind that we are in the depths of winter right now and I am testing this product when my skin is the driest. When warmer weather rolls around, I might be able to tolerate using this every night.
Overall, when I use this cleanser 2-3x per week, I really like the results! I am so glad that I gave this cleanser another chance!
My fellow sensitive ladies: What cleansers are ya'll using?
Thanks for reading!!!