Aqua Glycolic

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6 products

253 reviews

81% would repurchase

Recent Aqua Glycolic Reviews

Cleansers -Aqua Glycolic -Mederma AG Facial Cleanser

on 1/8/2019 12:06:00 AM


I’m in my forties and moved last year to 7000 feet in CO. Since my skin has become incredibly dry no matter what product combos I used; dermologica, eminence, TNS serum. I spent a small fortune on them.

I’d used this cleanser in the past and in fact had a bottle tucked away. I simply didn’t realize how effective it could be dry skin. I’ve been using for 2 weeks and no more flaky skin- lines are clearing up and all my other products are working better. Reasonable price point too- a little more than standard drug store cleansers but a bargain compared to other products with a good glycoloc acid concentration. Definitely a renewed go-to product!!

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Moisturizers -Aqua Glycolic -Mederma AG Face Cream

on 9/5/2017 1:17:00 AM


Mederma AG Face Cream was known for many years as Aqua Glycolic. The "AG" in the name must mean, "Aqua Glycolic"
Using all the Mederma press and the name of the scar care division of the company is a sensible way for Merz Pharmaceuticals to revitalize interest in Aqua Glycolic Products. The fact that this AG line, formulated in Paris in the early 1950s, is still recommended by and sold internationally by dermatologists proves it is exceptional for a broad range of skin types.

I remember when Clinique Turnaround Cream came out in around 1990(ish). It was a game-changer for more forehead acne, or more dark discolorations on my cheeks, no more skin tags on my neck.Over the years it seems that OTC acid exfoliant products have become weaker, so you just don't get the effects as quickly as you could from the higher concentrations of acids (lots of people got irritated skin, too, but I was lucky). Like that old Turnaround Cream, Mederma gives super fast results...within 3 days of nightly application I noticed fewer skin tags on my neck, and overall my face looked more even-toned. It's a great buy for an OTC, Dermatologist recommended-and-sold product.

I wear SPF 30 sunscreen every day, and SPF 50 when I'm outdoor for a long time.

5 of 6 people found this helpful.

Toners -Aqua Glycolic -Mederma AG Toner

on 9/5/2017 1:15:00 AM


This used to be known as Aqua Glycolic Toner. Merz Pharmaceuticals changed the name of their Aqua Glycolic line to Mederma AG. I love this toner for occasional use (maybe a week at a time) for when I want to really clear up my skin, exfoliate, get rid of skin tags on my neck, and even-out my skin tone. This toner makes my face smooth, soft, and clear; free of redness and obvious pores. It seems to make my skin retain moisture better, and my skin feels stronger.

When I use this I use it with Mederma AG Cleaner and Mederma AG moisturizer. Results are noticeable within a day or two and my skin is revitalized. The results I get from this regimen are those that warrant using nothing else, but, frankly, I read too much, so I'm paranoid. I've read so much bad press about ethanol/ethyl alcohol in toners, etc. that I've avoided using products with ethyl alcohol every day. Instead I use them in "shifts" for a certain block of time. For years, I felt like I'd fallen prey to idiocy every time I used my beloved Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3...but I used it anyway, because it unquestionably had a noticeable, positive effect on my skin. When I used "gentle" toners or products for "sensitive skin", I got cystic acne, melasma, and my skin looked dull. Maybe it's because I grew up in the days of Noxzema, Sea Breeze, and Ten10-0-6 lotion that I could wash my face with toilet bowl cleaner and my skin wouldn't get irritated. I didn't trust my skin to tell me the ethyl alcohol wasn't damaging it. In any case, I'm certain Mederma AG Toner is a much more state-of-the-art product than SeaBreeze, and the fact that Mederma AG is widely sold in dermatologist's offices internationally proves it's serious skin care, rather than a formulation based on marketing gimmicks. I think this is a really great product that's just as good, if not better, than many other dermatologist-grade toners, and the price makes it an excellent buy.

2 of 3 people found this helpful.

Shampoo -Aqua Glycolic -Shampoo and Body Cleanser

on 2/25/2017 2:36:00 PM


2/27/2017 edit: It has been brought to my attention by haircare board that the new formulation does not have sulfates in the formula. :) From what I could find online Mederma owns Aqua Glycolic now so that might be the reason for reformulating. Not sure.
Edited to add for any newbies: AHA = alpha hydroxy acid. Glycolic acid is an AHA. :)

Aqua is now owned by Mederma. This formulation has 14% glycolic acid.
Someone on cafe (humanherp) posted about wanting to try asian haircare (her words not mine) so I took one for the team and tracked down an AHA shampoo.

Now, I have documented my shampoo journey quite a bit because it was a major issue. 99% of them dry me out/strip my hair. Cowashing isn't an option as it never cleansed enough. I have tried nearly all of the sephora/ulta options. I tried the sulfate-free, silicone free, natural, ect. options. The only shampoos that didnt strip my hair were actually dirt cheap from Pantene and Tresemme. It turns out for *my* hair type in particular, sulfates don't really matter but I *need* a ton of silicone.

The glycolic acid shampoos are mainly silicone free. And as I suspected, it does dry my hair out quite a bit after I rinse it out. BUT here is the weird part: my hair seems to be absorbing products a lot better due to the AHA. As soon as I apply conditioner, it turns silky.

I wanted to wait a bit before posting in case it turned out to be a fluke. I am a long time Olaplex user and my hair was in pretty damn good shape *considering what I've put it through*. Its down to my waist at the moment. I feel like the glycolic acid has even brought it up a notch. I guess the best way to describe it is the AHA preps my hair for deep conditioning, olaplex, and protein treatments. It's helping me get the full benefits.

Additionally, the glycolic acid is keeping any of those painful scalp pimples at bay. I really liked 2% zinc pyrithione shampoo when I was dealing with hairloss because it helped with the inflammation. Glycolic acid wont do much for any present inflammation HOWEVER it is great for preventing scalp acne from developing, which in turn helps with future inflammation.

I was actually a little bit scared to try it at first. I kept thinking what if the science behind it is actually bad news. AHAs exfoliate skin... is it going to slowly eat away at my hair? It won't. I was able to find a few studies explaining the results of AHA on hair incase anyone is curious.

"Researchers at DuPont have started investigating the benefits of glycolic acid as a haircare component. Using GlyPure, a cosmetic-grade glycolic ingredient, they ran a battery of tests on human, Caucasian hair, coming up with exciting results.

When hair was conditioned with a glycolic formula, it experienced less breakage when being brushed, wet or dry, than when it was conditioned with one of two readily purchasable conditioners. Additionally, researchers found that hair treated with GlyPure can withstand higher temperatures than hair treated with water and stearyl alcohol, even when that hair had been bleached.

DuPont is not sure of how, but it appears these effects are due to glycolic acid's ability to penetrate the hair shaft and directly impact the stability of keratin, the protein that forms hair's structure and contributes to its strength. " - NewBeauty (NOT AFILIATED)

Closing note, as with all beauty products: YOUR.MILEAGE.MAY.VARY.

4 of 6 people found this helpful.

Lotions/ Creams -Aqua Glycolic -Hand and Body Lotion

on 8/18/2011 5:15:00 PM

I thoroughly researched this product and given the reviews, had high expectations that ultimately were not met. To be blunt, it does nothing and is not worth the money. I don't understand the reviewers who like this product and see improvements - I wish I did - but would not purchase this again nor would I recommend this to others.

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