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Sublime Beauty Glycolic & Salicylic Acid Serum

by Sublime Beauty

Sublime Beauty Glycolic & Salicylic Acid Serum
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Size: .5 oz (15ml)

Sublime Beauty Glycolic & Salicylic Acid Serum is a high-impact serum that has a concentration of 2% glycolic acid and 3% salicylic acid. It is suitable for frequent use and can be left on to absorb into your skin. The serum exfoliates, removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores, which can help to heal and prevent acne, reduce oily skin, minimize hyper-pigmentation and age spots and so evens out your skin tone. Our reviewer was impressed with the "long-term results" and now you can be too!

The hydroxy acids help draw out dirt and oil from the pore lining to help prevent the growth of bacteria, plus reducing inflammation while deeply exfoliating the skin to dissolve dead cells and trigger skin repair. This serum is great for aging skin, and especially for those with adult acne and/ or oily skin. Those with normal skin should use about three times per week, applying the serum after cleansing skin. For those with oily skin, the serum can be used up to two times daily to control oil, prevent breakouts, and kill bacteria. It can even be applied as a spot treatment for acne!

Tested for 30 Days & Reviewed by Holly:

I like to say that my skin is like a teenage girl: unpredictable and easily-irritated. While it’s in pretty good shape overall, I experience hormonal breakouts around my menstrual cycle — you know, those uncomfortable ones along the jawline that leave post-inflammatory pigmentation for days or sometimes weeks. But I have to be very careful with the treatments I choose, as I’ve found many known acne-fighting ingredients, including derm-faves benzoyl peroxide and retinol, to be too strong and drying. Pimples and flakes — so not cute!

Through my pursuit of the perfect product over the years, I have found two ingredients that my skin seems to be a fan of: salicylic acid and glycolic acid. The former is a beta hydroxy acid that draws out dirt and oil from the pore lining to help prevent the growth of propionibacteria, plus reduces inflammation; the latter is an alpha hydroxy acid that deeply exfoliates to dissolve dead cells and trigger skin repair. I was excited to add Sublime Beauty Glycolic & Salicylic Acid Serum to my anti-acne arsenal, because as the name applies, it contains both.

As a beauty editor, I love the thrill of something new. But I also want my products to deliver. This serum promises to minimize the appearance of pores, reduce oil, help prevent breakouts, and encourage the production of collagen. Along with the two aforementioned hero ingredients, this serum contains witch hazel, which has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, soothing aloe, and humectants glycerin and methyl gluceth-20.

I began by applying two pumps of serum just once at night, before realizing that the brand recommends twice daily use for the treatment of oily or acne-prone skin. With a 3 percent concentration of salicylic and a 2 percent concentration of glycolic, this serum acts as a gentle exfoliant that can be used more frequently than a peel or retexturizing pads. I experienced no irritation or adverse reactions when I upped the usage.

It’s important to note that this serum — and all acne-targeting treatments — should be applied to clean skin before any other products in your regimen. The fluid itself is clear and has a super-silky consistency that absorbs immediately on contact. It leaves no weight or slick-feel on the skin and layers just fine under my go-to gel moisturizer, sunscreen (a must when using the serum in the a.m.), and liquid foundation.

I have thick skin — literally and figuratively — so I experience no tingling upon application. (For reference, I can handle up to five passes of an in-office acid peel.) However, it should be known that a little tingling isn’t a bad thing; it’s actually a sign that the acids are penetrating the skin as they should. Another sign that an acid product is working is a slightly flushed complexion. After applying the Sublime Beauty Glycolic & Salicylic Acid Serum, my skin immediately looks refreshed — as if I just went for a quick jog.

While I appreciate the instant gratification, it’s the long-term results I’m most impressed with. This month, while I did see a couple of hormonal blemishes leading up to my period, I can confidently say I saw far fewer than in months past — that means fewer acne scars, too. The texture of my skin is smoother and my pores are more refined. The overall improvement is truly incredible. So much so that I once forgot to wear foundation to work and didn’t feel insecure, which is huge for me.

This product does contain some initially-concerning and potentially-irritating ingredients in the form of solvents, emulsifying agents, and preservatives, but further research found them to be associated with low to moderate risk factors. However, I would like to see the serum reformulated (hint, hint!) without the widely-used preservative methylisothiazolinone. Some studies have found it to be a neurotoxin and many say that it should be avoided in leave-on products.

I will continue to use this serum, though, because I haven’t seen results this good from any other salicylic or glycolic daily — keyword! — treatment. I’m so grateful this was one of the first products to hit my desk when I joined the Truth In Aging team.

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  • Benefits:
    boosts radiance, controls oil, evens skin tone, freshens dull skin, reduces breakouts, reduces pigmentation left by acne

Our Take...

I like to say that my skin is like a teenage girl: unpredictable and easily-irritated. While it’s in pretty good shape overall, I experience hormonal breakouts around my menstrual cycle — you know, those uncomfortable ones along the jawline that leave post-inflammatory pigmentation for days... Read Full Article

Your Take...

  • 5 stars 5 out of 5

    I've found this to be a great maintenance product when it comes to keeping breakouts and blackheads at bay. It keeps my hormonal skin clearer and smoother. When I first ran out and went without it for a week or so, I definitely saw neg changes in my skin.

  • 5 stars 5 out of 5

    When I was in my late twenties my sister worked at a spa and invited me in for a facial. During the facial I learned that I had thick, oily skin. It was a eureka moment for me and helped explain the nature of my cystic pimples that would erupt on my face at random times during the year. My new priority was exfoliation! The aenesticial recommended a non-comedogenic face wash followed by a mechanical scrub and a toner (whose main ingredient was witchhazel) alternating with a lotion with a glycolic acid. So far so good.

    Fast forward ten years and my needs are different and I’m redesigning my beauty regime. My skin has grown more and more sensitive and easy to disrupt due to stress. There have been advancements in the beauty sciences since then as well. About a month ago, during one of the most brutal breakouts of deep cystic pimples along my jawline and cheeks, I was desperate to find something in our shop to help treat my skin. I approached my co-worker, here at Truth in Aging, for advice and knowledge about my normally flawless skin and what was going on.

    The hormones from the stress were throwing off my skin but it was the mechanical scrub that I had been using which was adding insult to injury. She recommended that I replace the scrub with the Sublime Beauty Glycolic & Salicylic Acid Serum twice daily, after cleansing the skin. The Salicylic Acid being gentler on the skin to exfoliate and the Sublime Beauty also has restorative properties. So now exfoliation and the right hydration are important.

    It took about two weeks for my skin to completely clear. I was hoping for a faster solution but my co-worker encouraged me to continue with the trial. I’m glad I did. I have had clear skin since the end of week two with no scars, discoloration, or irritation to my skin. The Serum is clear, goes on easily, and dries quickly. I have been very happy with the results and I consider myself a convert. The only things I would change about this product would be the initial alcohol smell when you first apply and the brand’s design, which isn’t as sophisticated as I find this product to be.

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Water, SD Alcohol 40-A, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Witch Hazel, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Methyl Gluceth-20, Sodium Lactate & Sodium PCA & Gycine & Fructose & Urea & Niacinamide & Inositol & Sodium Benzoate & Lactic Acid Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Allantoin, Glucosamine Sulfate, Methylisothiazolinone
Those with normal skin should use about three times per week, applying the serum after cleansing skin. For those with oily skin, the serum can be used up to two times daily, to control oil, prevent breakouts, and kill bacteria. It can even be applied as a spot treatment for acne!
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