A’Pieu Glycolic Acid Cream Review:
I am somewhat of a control freak when it comes to choosing skincare products. This includes spending countless hours googling relevant reviews before purchasing even something as trivial as a lip balm. This time however was an exception. My previous experiences with A’Pieu products so far have been mostly positive, so when I first stumbled onto A’Pieu Glycolic Acid Cream in my local Asian beauty store, I decided to give it a shot and bought it right away. I was a bit surprised when I didn’t find a lot of reviews for this cream, considering how popular this brand seems to be. This also was my first introduction to a product containing AHA (alpha hydroxy acid). So, how did it go?
+ Anti-wrinkle & brightening multi-functional skincare product, softens dry and rough skin
+ No harsh exfoliants, mild formula peels off only what must come off
+ Adheres to skin perfectly and absorbs quickly, no shine or oiliness
Betula Alba Juice, Water, Propanediol, Tromethamine, Glycolic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycereth-26, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Beeswax, Dimethicone, Polysorbate 60, Cyclohexasiloxane, Sorbitan Stearate, PEG-240/HDI Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Glyceryl Stearate, Panthenol, Salicylic Acid, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyacetophenone, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, PEG-100 Stearate, Isohexadecane, PEG-2M, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Allantoin, Sucrose Distearate, Polysorbate 80, Adenosine, Sorbitan Oleate, Disodium EDTA, Pantolactone, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ananas sativus (pineapple) fruit Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract.
How to use:
1. Apply day and night at the last step of your skincare routine.
2. Make sure to use your palms to help with absorption.
3. If you have sensitive skin, apply very thin layers.
4. Depending on your skin type, you may apply it daily or 3-5 times a week.
5. Be sure to use sunscreen after application.
My Skin Type: Sensitive combination skin prone to redness, easily dehydrated.
A’Pieu Glycolic Acid Cream Review:
AHAs, or alpha hydroxy acids, are a type of acids (such as glycolic, lactic or mandelic) that act as exfoliants and make skin brighter and more healthy-looking by removing dead skin cells. They also possess humectant properties, making it a good choice for moisturizing dry skin. AHAs increase photosensitivity so it is very important to use sun protection when using AHA-containing products.
A’Pieu Glycolic Acid Cream comes in a metal tube with a plastic lid. When I opened it, I expected to find a foil seal, which sadly was not the case, so small amounts of cream were smudged on the inside of the lid. Another thing I am unsure about is the fact that the tube is made of aluminum, which starts to get creases as you use the product. I noticed the paint peeling in the creases, and was afraid that the packaging might tear in those places, but so far, it is intact.
There is almost no scent, which is always a good thing for my sensitive skin that gets easily irritated by heavily fragranced products.
The cream has medium consistency, with silky and smooth texture, and can be spread very easily onto the skin. The color is milky-white but becomes almost transparent once applied to the skin.
Despite the claims of the manufacturer, I found it to leave my skin with a sticky feeling, even when I tried to use the smallest amounts possible. It did go quite well under my sunscreen, but still left my skin looking a little shiny and didn’t absorb fully until several hours later.
The main thing that made me skeptical about Glycolic Acid Cream was the stated amount of AHA (glycolic acid) and BHA (salicylic acid), which is 3% and 0.45% respectively. These percentages seem pretty low to be effective, but I wouldn’t claim that it is impossible for them to work, especially for someone who has never tried actives before or has found higher percentages too harsh for their skin.
I should also note that mixing AHA and BHA in one product might be a little counterproductive since these actives work at different pH values which is why it is better to use them consecutively (first BHA, then AHA).
Unfortunately, I didn’t notice any noticeable results after about 2 months of using Glycolic Acid Cream, which was a bit disappointing seeing how I liked all the other A’Pieu products that I tried. I think it might work better on someone with drier skin, or for someone who can’t use stronger exfoliants daily. And considering its very affordable price, it might be worth a try.
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