Holy Grail Product No. 3 Review – Dermaquest 15% Glyco Creamy Cleanser

April 9, 2011

This review marks the end of my ‘Holy Grail’ skin care trilogy set of reviews.  My previous two reviews were the Avalon Organics Vitamin C serum and Retin A 0.05% gel.  They can be found here and here.  I wanted to start my blog with these reviews because I feel that these skin care products are a great benefit to have in a skin care routine, especially if you are serious about skin care and anti-aging.  I’ve also found that by following these three simple steps my skin has improved dramatically over the past number of months.  I just want to share my experience and knowledge of these products with other people because of the great results I have had with using them.

What is Glycolic Acid?

In technical terms, Glycolic acid  is the smallest α-hydroxy acid, otherwise known as an AHA.  To keep it simple, an AHA basically exfoliates the skin by weakening the upper layers of skin, allowing the dead skin cells to ‘peel’ away.  Glycolic acid is excellent for improving the skin’s overall texture and it can also help with wrinkles, acne scarring and hyperpigmentation.  You can use Glycolic acid in a number of ways such as having a chemical peel (they tend to be in the higher concentrations), a moisturiser or in a cleanser, which is how I use it.  

The Product

I first became aware of Glycolic Acid while I was attending a DestinationSkin clinic for some microdermabrasion sessions, back in October of last year.  The skin specialist recommended the Dermaquest Glyco Creamy Cleanser to help improve my skin tone and reduce some red marks that I had.  The price is a pretty expensive for a cleanser at £30 but you are getting a 236ml bottle which I was told would last me for six months.  That’s from using it three times a week as it is a strong product.  It’s now April and I still have about a quarter left so I definitely feel its worth the money!

The Glycolic acid content is also 15% which is one of the highest available in a cleanser.  You can buy it in a cream or gel form.  The gel form is more for oily skin types and I have combination, which is why I went for the creamy version.

How To Use

I mentioned earlier that the specialist recommended I used it three times a week but this past few weeks I have been using it every morning.  I was a bit concerned that my skin wouldn’t be able to handle it every day because I’ve been using Retin A as well but my skin has tolerated it thus far and its never looked better.  It’s so soft and smooth and more importantly – CLEAR.

I would recommend that when you first start using a Glycolic acid cleanser that you use it every other day, in the morning time.  I say this because if you have never used a product like this before then it might irritate your skin if you were to start by using it more frequently.  You could then up it to every day after a few weeks if you feel your skin can handle it.

All you need is a small amount for your face.  It’s best to apply it to a dry face and massage it into the skin.  Then just rinse with warm water and pat dry your face.  You can even leave it on your skin for a minute and then wash it off.  This will allow the acid to penetrate even deeper.  I would only recommend doing this after you have used the product for a couple of weeks.  I like to apply it to my face, leave it for a minute or so, wet my hands and then massage it in again before I rinse.  NEVER leave it on the skin for longer than 1-2 minutes as you could irritate and redden your skin.

Also, if you plan on using Glycolic Acid and Retin A at the same time I would maybe start with the Retin A and use it for at least a month before slowly introducing Glycolic Acid.  You don’t want to risk irritating your skin too much.

Does it Work?

I can honestly say that this is hands down the best cleanser I have ever used.  Now I know this is the only cleanser I have tried that has Glycolic acid in it, so there might be a better one out there, but for me its amazing!  It has kept my skin clear of spots and my complexion looks a lot brighter and fresher.  Old spot marks have also faded away and it has kept new ones from forming.  I plan on using a Glycolic acid cleanser for life. 

The Positives

  • Great exfoliator for the skin.
  • Anti-aging.
  • Leave skin soft and smooth.
  • Keeps breakouts under control.

The Negatives

  • May cause an initial outbreak of spots as it purges the skin of impurities – Stick with it though if this does happen as the results are worth it!
  • May cause dryness of skin if used too much.
  • The price might be too high for some people but it is a big bottle.

The Bottom Line

In my opinion this cleanser is worth the money and it does leave your skin looking amazing.  You may be able to find a cheaper cleanser on the market though if you were to shop around.  Always ensure that the cleanser has at least 10% Glycolic acid in it as anything less is not really going to have any effect on your skin.

As usual I hope this review has been of help and if anyone wants to know more or you want to ask me a question then just email or comment me.  I’m happy to help!



One Response to “Holy Grail Product No. 3 Review – Dermaquest 15% Glyco Creamy Cleanser”

  1. Cari Lane said

    I’ve used many Glycolic cleansers as I’am an esthetician. I can say without hesitation this is the best anti aging cleanser and a part of a home care regimen I would never go without !!

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