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I have been trialling glycolic acid for most of 2019. I have used up peel pads from L’Oreal, Nip and Fab, Dr Dennis Gross and Lacura. And acid toners from Pixi, Alpha H, Lacura, Ren, Superdrug, Nip and Fab and The Ordinary. The pads are very easy to use. You wipe one pad over the whole face after cleansing, avoiding the eye and lip area. They are supposed to feel gentle on the skin. You don’t rinse but simply follow with your regular skincare. I am aiming to use them up first. But you are not going to see any pictures of my face as I forgot to take a before and I only started this post, two months after I started to trial the glycolic products.

Glycolic Acid

If you are knowledgeable about skincare, you will know that dermatologists consider glycolic acid to be the gold standard ingredient to encourage skin to renew itself. It works to dissolve the bonds that hold on to dead cells and helps it shed what it doesn’t need. This boosts cell turnover and results in smoother, more even skin that glows. But who actually believes this ! After 30 days, you should be seeing bright, smooth, more even-toned skin. And make sure you use an SPF everyday and do not use them daily if you are incorporating other acids into your regime.


The L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser Renew Anti-Ageing Glycolic Peel Pads have a 9.6% glycolic complex. On the high end products, 10% is the maximum percentage for glycolic acid. So to find this on the high street, is good news for everyone. When I first started trialling this, the first week, the pads felt very sharp on my skin and I was not sure that I would be able to continue to use them up. I could not use them every day. In addition, I also did not like that that they had alcohol in them. I do not like the smell and will not be repurchasing them ever.


Lacura Glycolic Pads

These pads are formulated with Glycolic Acid, a powerful Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Fruit Acid blend. They are smaller and smelt nice than the L’Oreal pads. These are dupes of the Nip and Fab pads at a good cost of £2.49 for sixty pads. But I did not feel that there were as effective as the L’Oreal ones. So after they are finished up, I will not be replacing.

The Ordinary

This 7% toning solution offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and visible clarity. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture with continued use. This formula contains a studied Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative to help reduce irritation associated with acid use. This derivative is of plant origin and varies in colour seasonally and this colour variation may be apparent in the formula from time to time. The formula is further supported with inclusion of ginseng root and aloe vera for both visible radiance and soothing benefits. This is £6.80 for 240 ml. I liked this, no smell, easy to use, and I could be re-purchasing this in the future after this trial. However, after I initially started using this I had to pause after four days. My face flared up and I needed to give it a rest. Maybe using this in both the am and pm was too much.

Nip And Fab Glycolic Fix Cleansing Pads

Nip & Fab pads have only 2.8% glycolic acid compared with the L’Oreal ones. So I switched from the Ordinary to use these up. These were gentle enough to use day and evening. And they were again very easy to use and I liked the smell of these too. This moisturising formula is in enriched with hyaluronic acid and soothing blue daisy to reveal brighter, smoother looking skin. But the pads just get thrown away which is so wasteful. But I do like them, so I am on the fence about these.

Ready Steady Glow Tonic

This glow tonic has Lactic Acid, to encourage cell turnover by dissolving the bonds that hold dull, dead skin on the surface. Teamed with a BHA, Salicin, to exfoliate both the skin surface and inside the pore. Reducing oiliness, preventing breakouts and minimising the appearance of pores. All while brightening, hydrating and improving elasticity with Azelaic Acid Precursors. It is billed as a triple threat on lacklustre skin, giving glow and energy back to polluted, city-living or tired skin. Is this really true ? I started this as I was hoping that this would be kinder to my skin. As I am having a few problems with higher levels of the acid. I tried this after my three month trail and I liked this.



I have been impressed with my trial of glycolic acid. I do feel it has made a difference to my skin. In hindsight, I should have done more research and used the products in the order of the acid amount. I should have started with the lowest amount and then worked the levels going up. Not me, I started with the highest amount and every time I tried a new product the levels of acids were up and down.  I thought that I would be definitely including an glycolic product in my curated skincare but after visiting a skin doctor. This was where I found out that I had rosacea.  She told me that glycolic acid is too harsh for my skin and never to use it again unless I wanted constant redness which is what has happened to my skin. So that was the end of the trial.


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