I can be very picky about my face washes, even though, to be honest, I think they’re all mostly the same. Sure, I have my favorites, but none of them really stand out as doing something that the others don’t. I always like trying new ones though, mostly because I get bored of using the same products all of the time. I was interested in checking out the NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash because it sounded like something new. It claims to resurface skin and actually sounds more like an exfoliating mask than a skin cleanser.
As excited as I was for a new face wash, I was a little wary of trying this one for a few reasons. First, I’ve tried foaming cleansers in the past and didn’t really like them that much. It’s not that they were bad, I just didn’t particularly care for them. I was also a little worried because my skin can be sensitive at times and the product page for this cleanser says not to use it if you have sensitive skin. I knew it was a bit of a risk to try this but I figured I would take it easy to start (only using it every other day) and would scale back if I noticed any sensitivities. And finally, I hate trying new cleansers only to discover they don’t remove eye makeup. In my opinion, there’s nothing worse than washing your face only to find you have to use another product to get everything off. I shouldn’t have worried about any of these things.
NeoStrata products are developed by dermatologists that focus on using Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) like Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid to improve skin. The Foaming Glycolic Wash is part of their resurface line which works to encourage cell turnover and rejuvenate damaged skin. The wash is designed to exfoliate skin and reveal a smoother texture with 18% glycolic acid and lactobionic acid. It’s a soap free, pH-balanced face wash that offers a deep clean.
The NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash comes in a bottle with a pump dispenser. The pump really causes the face wash to foam up, although I’ve found that if I keep it in the shower it gets a little watery, so definitely put it in a dry place. I use two or three pumps to wash my face. This cleanser is a little strange- although it’s foaming it doesn’t really “glide” across my face. In fact, it actually feels a little dry-ish and my hands “skip” across my face when I use it. It’s a little difficult to explain but it doesn’t feel like a normal cleanser. I found the texture of this face wash to be a little off-putting the first few times I used it but it doesn’t bother me now. It also tastes horrible (and smells slightly like grapefruit to me) so I have to make an effort not to get it on my mouth but it doesn’t bother my eyes at all, which is quite surprising to me.
I have definitely noticed changes in my skin since I started using the NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash. It hasn’t bothered my sensitive skin at all, even though it seems quite potent. My skin feels very clean but not dry after using it and it does seems smoother. I had a couple of milia on my cheeks from other products that my skin did not like but after only a week of using this cleanser once a day, they were gone. I was amazed! I’ve never used a face wash that made such a difference in my skin before and I definitely recommend checking it out. And for the record, it completely removes my eye makeup.
Thanks to NeoStrata for partnering on this post!