I am not usually a fan of Chemical Exfoliants, AHA's (Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid) tend to burn my skin and leave it red and irritated but I received this product free from NeoStrata after attending about 1.5 years ago. I was excited to try it because in the training they said it would be safe for sensitive skin. When I first used it, I did experience some tingling and redness but nothing intolerable and the sensation was gone within a minute. After a few uses, I did not feel anything at all so your skin will build up a tolerance to the product.
Aside from the tingling, my skin felt great! The product wasn't greasy and applied nicely due to the creamy texture. My skin felt smoother within one use and I experienced no tightening or dryness.
I am combination skin type and I get congestion and blackheads on/around my nose often and this product actually helped to minimize my acne and tone down my oiliness in my T-Zone. I also get dry patches around the corners of my nose and this also helped to exfoliate and remove that as well! I have been told by customers and I've also read reviews stating that this product helped with acne scarring but I personally did not see a change in scars or discoloration but everyone is different!
There is a slight medicinal scent to the product but it is not at all overwhelming and sometimes I do not pick up on any scent at all. It is available in a pump which is fantastic because you only need one pump to cover your entire face and you do not risk over-use and wasting product. It isn't overly expensive and is pretty average for a Derm Quality product - you can purchase cheaper but the quality isn't the same. My skin feels fresh and "brand new" since starting this product, I have repurchased twice and I plan to continue to do so.
Let me start by saying I have always had very acne-prone skin. After fighting an uphill battle with acne, it finally calmed down a bit and my focus turned to preventing breakouts and diminishing my scars/texture, instead of treating cystic spots. My sister turned me onto this product (she suffered from the same thing) and I absolutely love it! It has totally helped smooth out my skin, diminish the appearance of scars and those stubborn red spots that stay on my skin long after the spot has healed. It did make my skin a little red the first few times I used it, but that went away quickly. It never burned but did sting slightly around my nose, nothing unbearable or uncomfortable. I mostly use it at night and when I wake up my skin looks plumper and noticeably less red on the areas that I get that acne-induced redness. It has also diminished the frequency of my breakouts and helps them go down faster. Recently my skin has decided to go back to its 16-year-old self after going off of hormonal birth control so I foolishly stopped all moisturizers, including this one, and when I reintroduced it my skin looked and felt much better.
The packaging is awesome- it is an airless pumps and it get out ALL the product, so you don't waste your money. It comes in 5% and 10% and as a lotion and a cream (for drier skin). Neostrata did a bit of a brand re-haul in the past few years, changing the packaging and the names of some of their products (I think this used to be called the ultra smoothing lotion- not sure) but they are the same products. One word of advice is when you put this on, do not put any other products over it for about 5-10 minutes. Reason being is that you don't want to change the pH of the product, reducing it's efficacy.
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