Gosh Dang Ow!
Aug 9, 2008 (Updated Aug 9, 2008)
Review by Robin Yeatman
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Inexpensive. Easy to use dispenser.
Cons:Not good for sensitive skin.
The Bottom Line: The bottom line is going shopping for another skin care product line.
There must be something wrong with my skin.
Recommend this product?
Somewhere in the past few years, I've decided that I really should try to look after my wonderful facial skin just a little bit better than I used to.
Dove soap seemed to fit the bill and it's worked for me for a long time. But recently, I had a little make up applied by a professional and she convinced me that any bar soap was not good. She talked me into buying a set of Clinque and it was wonderful. And it was expensive.
When the Clinique ran out I went shopping to see if I could find a better price. What I found was a whole host of products.
One of the ones that caught my eye was Aqua Glycolic. It was reasonably priced and there were 5 star reviews galore. I studied the reviews and thought this product sounded perfect. Plus Aqua means water. It had to be good for you.
The facial cleanser comes in a pump squirt bottle with a nice clear plastic lid that fits snugly over top. I think it would pack fairly safely in a suitcase without an accident.
When you press the pump, just the right amount of an opaque liquid comes out. It has no odour. The first couple of times I used it, it tingled. But my face also started breaking out. I got some red pimples on my temples and my lower cheek area. I found it hard to believe it could be the cleanser so I kept using it until around the end of the first week when I went to wash my face and the cleanser no longer tingled, it hurt.
It hurt enough to say Ow. I figured I'd better find out what Glycolic meant.
From Wisegeek.com "Glycolic acid is perhaps the best-known of a group of chemicals called fruit acids or alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA). It is derived from sugar cane, so it can be considered a natural product. Citric acid from oranges and other citrus fruits also fall under the same classification as glycolic acid."
Now that explains it. If I eat too many oranges, the area around my mouth turns red and burns. I have a sensitivity to this stuff.
The site goes on to explain that this is a mild acid and commonly used for face peel-type potions. It really isn't harmful.
I'm happy to report that as soon as I stopped using it and went back to my trusty Dove, my face cleared up quickly.
Ingredients: Water Purified, Glycolic Acid, Ammonium Glycolate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Sorbitol, Stearyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
For people with normal skin, this is apparently a great product. If your sensitive to chemicals, as I am, steer clear.
The bottle also carries a sunburn warning. The product contains alpha hydroxy acid (AFA) which can increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun.
From my personal experience, I want to give this one star but I'm rating it at 3 because this may be a good product for normal skin.
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