What are you to do when your derm’s at odds with you?
Like, I don’t like wasting my money on exfoliating cleansers. Me loves some glycolic acid, but I want it to stay on my skin for hours. It works better that way.
My derm wasn’t having it. “Your cosmeceutical moisturizer with glycolic acid is drying out your skin too much, Gio,” she said. “It’s winter now. Your skin’s getting drier and you need a gentler form of glycolic acid. Here, try this cleanser.”
She handed me over a sample bottle of Jan Marini Bioglycolic Face Cleanser.
That convinced me. Cos no, I still don’t like to waste my money on exfoliating cleansers, but if I get one for free, I’m not going to turn it down.
So, how did it fare? And more importantly, was I right and the derm wrong?
Is Glycolic Acid Any Good In A Cleanser?
Glycolic acid is the smallest member of the AHA family. That’s why it works so well. Its tiny size makes it so easy for it to penetrate the skin.
Once there, it does all sorts of wonderful things:
- It exfoliates skin, making it smoother, brighter and more even-toned
- It reduces the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots
- It hydrates skin
- It boosts the production of skin-firming collagen
The problem? The longer you leave it on the skin, the better it does all these things. That’s why I don’t like it when they put it in a cleanser. That ends up down the drain within 30 seconds. Bye bye, glycolic acid.
I guess you could massage this on the skin for a couple of minutes, which would give you some of the benefits of GA. But, who has the patience to do that? Not me.
What Else Is In Here?
- Sorbitol: it’s an humectant that draws water from the air into the skin. It helps to keep it soft and smooth during cleansing.
- Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate: this is the stuff that cleanses your skin, removing all traces of dirt and excess oil from it.
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use And Opinions
Jan Marini Bioglycolic Face Cleanser has a creamy consistency that spreads so easily on the skin.
In the morning, it’s the first thing I use. I don’t even wet my face. I just apply it on dry skin.
In the evening, I use it after taking off my makeup. This stuff is NOT a makeup remover, so don’t try to use it that way. It won’t work. And, if it gets in your eyes, it’ll hurt like hell. You’ve been warned.
I try to be a good girl and massage it for at least a minute before rinsing it off with a wet washcloth.
So far, so good. I can’t say this is the best glycolic acid exfoliant I’ve ever tried, obvs. But it does a good job at cleansing my skin, leaving it softer and clean.
It’s not as bright and smooth as when I use a leave-in exfoliant with glycolic acid, so I’ll go back to that soon. Sorry, derm!
But this cleanser does give you a glimpse of what glycolic acid can do for you, so if you have dry and sensitive skin and looking for a very gentle form of GA to get you started, I guess this’ll do the trick.
But I bet you’ll soon want to switch to something more powerful, too. GA is addicting like that.
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