I Bought the Glossier Solution and Here’s What Happened

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Glossier Solution & Milky Jelly Cleanser

Hi everyone,

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and Woman’s History Month! Earlier this week, there was International Women’s Day. I celebrated by highlighting my amazing friends and favorite women-owned companies on my Instagram stories! Click here to check it out.

With that being said, let’s read the SOLUTION review.

What is it?

Glossier Solution –  $24 USD
Size 4.4 fl oz / 130 ml

This Glossier Solution was my first product that uses a mixture of acids instead of an infusion of acid. So what is acid or a liquid exfoliant? On the back of some of your products, you may see salicylic acid inside of your pimple fighting skincare. According to this article from Allure, salicylic acid aids our skin in removing the leftover skin cells and blackheads. It doesn’t work on cystic acne (which is extremely sensitive and painful).

If you have dry/sensitive skin, salicylic acid can be drying and cause some skin irritation. A liquid exfoliant is usually a chemical exfoliant that does not cause a harsh reaction to the skin, unlike some physical exfoliants.

The Solution includes…

Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Hydroxide, Lactic Acid, Glycolic AcidGluconolactone, Propanediol, Ethoxydiglycol, Magnesium Chloride, Glycereth-7 Trimethyl Ether, Niacinamide, Betaine, Inositol, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Salicylic AcidPhytic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum/Fragrance, PEG-8, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Acetic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide

What does this mean?
This solution advocates three acids in their product:

Salicylic aka Beta Hydroxy (BHA) acid
Lactic and Glycolic aka Alpha Hydroxy (AHA) acid
Gluconolactone aka Polyhydroxy (PHA) acid

Glossier only tells how much Salicylic acid (0.5% Salicylic acid) is in the Solution but it’s unknown to what measurement of AHA and PHA acids are in the product.

This product also contains Parfum/fragrance, which allows a company to not list those items that are a part of their special scent. *side eyes* If the product is a chemical, it is supposed to smell but Glossier uses a floral-like scent to cover it.

How is this product used?

You would use this product as a replacement for toner after a cleanser (ugh I know, I love toners).  After this step, you can add a serum and a moisturizer. I used this product at night as part of my night time routine. You need to wear sunscreen (always!) while you wear this product since it causes sun sensitivity.

So, what’s your take?

My skin has a love and hate relationship with this product. I had a trial for four weeks to prove or disprove Glossier’s claim “Transforms skin in four weeks.”

The first week, my skin drank this up like water and I looked super glowy but, it gave me a sticky film feeling after using it. Next week, I got a few whiteheads in response to the product, which I thought it was okay since the acid is breaking down the skin layers to get rid of the dead skin cells. By the third week, my skin was hating it. I broke out in more whiteheads around my cheeks and I some painful red bumps (similar to cystic acne) on my neck in response to the product. My skin was a dry and itchy mess plus with the harsh wind of Georgia- not good.

Since this was my first acid, I asked some fellow blogger friends (thanks, Sofia of Sofieuh) and she explained that it could be purging. Purging means that your skin will be getting rid of the extra sebum and cleansing the pores. With that advice in mind, I continued for the last week. The final week in I saw the reduction of the dark spots (the original acne can from the Solution) and my skin tone is even out. On the other side, my skin was dry, itchy and super red.

Final Results

This product does transform skin in four weeks but not in a good way if it’s your first acid. My skin broke out more with this product than it did to help me. It did help remove some of my dark spots but added more red, painful spots to the collection. Also, the fragrance smells good but that may be part of the problem since my skin is sensitive to fragrances.

I give props for their first acid but, this one is not for me. It doesn’t live up to its claims for transforming in four weeks. The only plus I would give would be the packaging since it’s really cute to look at. That’s probably why this product was hyped up more than ever.

Be blessed,

Sterling x


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