So there's the idea that if you want your serums to penetrate the skin better, you'll need to exfoliate. Personally, I'm terrified of acid peels and the like so I steer clear when I hear that a bunch of acids (glycolic, alpha hydroxy etc.) are the active ingredient in a product. However, I'm more familiar with salicylic acid and it's the active ingredient in my spot treatment that I use when I get the occasional breakout so I thought I'd give the Vichy Normaderm Triple-action 3 in 1 Cleanser a try.
After the first use, I got so worried because it dried out my face so much! The instructions say that you can use it as a regular facial wash, a scrub and mask. I thought a quick washing would be good but maybe in the winter, there's just not much sebum and oils to remove that it dried me out terribly. I resorted to using it as a spot treatment. While I never saw instant results (like a zit going down in size considerably or redness disappearing), I would slowly start to see peeling of the top layers, which is what I usually experience with other spot treatment products that contain salicylic acid. What does this tell me? That basically, it's just another salicylic acid wash and clearly wasn't worth the $$$ I spent on it. Having said that, now that it's hot and humid, I have been able to use it without such disastrously drying results. But it's definitely not on regular rotation. Reserved for excessively oily, acne-prone days.