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Osmosis Renew- reader reviewed and rejected

Is a Solution for:
Rosacea, Sagging Skin
April 13, 2012 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 5 Comments
Reviewed by Eva

A while back I was suffering from hormonal acne due to the fact I had come off the pill, which left a couple of scars and red marks on my face I was quite happy to get rid of. TIA sent me a bottle of Osmosis Renew, which promises to “remodel, replenish and restore healthy skin.” It is formulated with 0.1% retinaldehyde (a form of vitamin A) and niacinamide to help “renew” the skin, so to speak. Having moderately hopeful expectations, I tested this product for 8 weeks. I had read about retinaldehyde, which the body can turn into retinol and is rather effective, but less irritating than retinol itself. The other ingredients appeared useful as well. There is the aforementioned niacinamide, which helps suppress melanin production and increase cell turnover, and is supposed to alleviate acne by reducing inflammation as well as fade subsequent red marks. Furthermore, the formula contains some peptides (tetrapeptide-3 and palmitoyl tripeptide-38), beta-glucan (stimulates collagen, helps speed wound healing and diminishes lines and wrinkles), lactic acid (gentle exfoliant), hyaluronic acid (moisturizer), algae extract and various essential oils. So far, so good.

Now, to the actual results… I know that in case of using forms of vitamin A, such as retinaldehyde, things may have to get worse before they get better (which is why I tested this product for a good 8 weeks), and worse they definitely got. Suddenly, I was breaking out again and at the same time, my skin was drying out and flaking off like never before, but I stuck to it, every single night. After a couple of weeks, I’d say 3 to 4 weeks, all dryness was gone, but I was still breaking out. For the last 3 months, I have not added any new skincare product to my routine and my skin had been clear for more than a month before I started using this serum, so I am fairly sure Osmosis Renew is the culprit. In fact, the last 2 weeks, I even stopped using any type of makeup, apart from a mica, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide mineral foundation, and still the breakouts persisted. I drank tons of herbal tea, took zinc supplements as well as burdock root and probiotics, but no banana; still, I kept breaking out. Sadly, I’m forced to conclude that whatever it is, Osmosis Renew makes me break out, which is clearly two steps back when it comes to reducing acne scars.

As for the anti-aging qualities, I am 24, so I don’t think I can fairly judge them since I don’t have many fine lines or any wrinkles yet. At least the serum did not irritate my sensitive skin, which turns bright red as soon as I am using something too aggressive, but that is about the only positive thing I can mention about this serum. However, everyone’s skin is different, so if you like the sound of the ingredients (they do draw you in) and you are not prone to breakouts, by all means, go ahead.

Ingredients: Aqua (Harmonized Water), Lecithin (Phosphatidylcholine), Niacinamide, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Cyclodextrin, Chlorella Vulgaris Officinalis Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Asiaticoside, Beta-Glucan (D), Fulvic Acid, Lactic Acid (L), Sodium Hyaluronate (L), L-Hydroxyproline, Thioctic (R-Lipoic) Acid, Retinal (.1% Retinaldehyde), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloud Berry) Seed Oil, Santalum Austrocaledonicum (Sandalwood) Wood Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Dextran, Dimethyl Sulfone, Pentylene Glycol
  • April 21, 2017

    by Andrea

    At 24 there is no reason for you to be on Renew!! It sounds like overuse of the product and your skin is trying to get rid of it since you don't need it. I would recommend either using Calm or Replenish (no Vitamin A). We have been using Osmosis in our spa since 2007 and it really is a product line that you need to use under guidance of an Esthetician. Renew has the highest amount of Retinaldehyde in it and at 24 you have no need for that, especially on a daily basis. If you go to their site or they have application guidelines such as starting every other day once a day for 2 weeks, reassessing, then either increasing or decreasing based on what you are seeing. These are extremely potent products and not using them correctly or using the wrong product for your skin can lead to unintended results.

  • December 3, 2014

    by Lia

    When using Osmosis vit A serums, it's recommended to start at a lower level to acclimate the skin to retinaldehyde and avoid the "purge" and dryness and flaking. If you would have started with Relieve or Calm, I bet your results would have have different. I'm an esthetician, and would never start on client on Renew.

  • September 25, 2012

    by Danny

    I found an even more amazing product with anew stabilised form of retinaldehyde it's by sircuit skin care . They make a serum and a wonderful rich night moisturiser cream with it in . I've really seen amazing changes to my skin since I tried some samples I was sent. What we do for good skin eh :) I had a Cosmedix Deep Sea peel this afternoon and my face feels like its being pricked by thousands of needles :( yikes. Also if the renew is too much then add a splodge of Replenish serum to water it down . It's what I did to get my skin used to it

  • September 25, 2012

    by CJ

    I agree. I've NEVER had bad breakouts and this product line (and especially the Renew) made my skin freak out. I also gave it 6-8 weeks but it just kept getting worse and worse. As soon as I stopped using the line, everything improved.

  • July 29, 2012

    by Pam

    I actually like Osmosis Renew and have used it for over a year. I cannot use regular vit A active products from other brands, but the Osmosis retinaldihyde has worked well on my skin (fair, dry to combo, age 60,) Since Renew is their high strength product, I started with the lower strength Correct and built up my skin's exposure that way. I never had a problem with skin irritation which was a nice surprise for me. I combine Renew with Osmosis Catalyst Plus when applying.

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