NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash – Review

NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash is a potent, pH-balanced facial cleanser formulated with 18% Glycolic Acid and 2% Lactobionic Acid to smooth skin texture, unclog congested pores and stimulate cell renewal. Recommended experience Glycolic Acid users, this soap-free face wash prepares skin for optimal benefits of the regimen that follows. has been featured in Prevention’s “Defy Your Age” Challenge, as well as The Today Show, and Fitness and InStyle magazines.

Glycolic acid (GA) is alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) naturally derived from sugar cane. It is often made synthetically for uses such as in the skincare (cosmetics) industry, most commonly as glycolic peels.  GA is typically used at varying percentages and is considered to be the safest of all the AHAs. it is an excellent exfoliator removing the outer layer of dead skin cells. This promotes cellular turn-over, essentially bringing new ones up to the top layer (epidermis). The goal of many anti-aging skincare products.  GA also lightens discolored skin, reducing the presence of sun/age spots, blemishes and general hyper-pigmentation.

Lactobionic acid (LA) is a sugar acid found in milk and is formed by the oxidation of lactose as well as by other reactions. It is used in the cosmetics industry as an antioxidant. LA is a patented (one assumes by Neostrata) as a non-irritating ‘bionic’ polyhydroxy acid that helps to prevent and reverse the signs of photoaging which include lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, enlarged pores and uneven texture.

NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash (Product overview):
• High strength, 18% Glycolic Acid smoothes skin texture and unclogs congested pores
• 2% Lactobionic Acid increases cell renewal
• Amphoteric system captures the benefits of Glycolic and Lactobionic Acid while minimizing the potential for irritation
• Soap-free, dye-free, pH balanced and dermatologist developed
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My thoughts:
I actually like this cleanser and although the price may be a bit steep for some, I think it is worth it. Having tried other products from NeoStrata, I can appreciate that you get what you pay for.  As a scientist I appreciate and will pay for products like this cleanser, that have a solid research and development program supporting it.
The wash was not heavily scented and actually had a slight ‘clean’ astringent smell (typical of more pricey products). There was definitely no ‘fragrance’ added.   The foaming action of the cleanser was good, meaning the foam held its ground even when mixed with a bit of water and while being massaged into the skin. As for the actual immediate action – one will feel a slight tingle (from the acids), the same experienced with many over the counter glycolic cleansers/peels.  I used this wash as my only cleanser for two weeks AM/PM and have noticed an overall brightness to my skin (especially right after rinsing).  I will however feel more comfortable giving a final assessment once I have used the entire bottle, which I  do for my expensive skin care product. I use every drop and get my money’s worth. NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash retails for $40. 

Would I repurchase? Most likely, I like it and am willing to give the science a chance to work.

About the Brand:
NeoStrata Skin Active is a comprehensive antiaging system of potent professional products with active benefit ingredients that work synergistically to address the broadest spectrum of visible signs of aging. The NeoStrata Skin Active system is made up of high-performance products, each formulated to deliver outstanding rejuvenating effects, including significant improvement in the appearance of deep wrinkles, crow’s feet, sagging and uneven pigmentation.
Disclaimer: These products received from NeoStrata and their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. A portion of the product description, benefits and ingredients were adapted from information provided by NeoStrata.

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