There is a new SUPER PLAYER in the chemical exfoliant field that you all need to know about (yes, I am shouting here): Reversa Acnex purifying solution!
Reversa 8% glycolic acid solution has been a staple of mine since last summer, but it does have alcohol as second ingredient in the list, then Acnex takes things to the next level. It is an alcohol free/ scent free astringent, with 10% glycolic acid (AHA), 2% salicylic acid (BHA) and soothing/ anti-irritant ingredients (witch hazel extract and allantoin).
Due to the high concentration of acids, Acnex should be used once daily to start, and then gradually twice daily if needed, paired with sun protection of SPF30 or higher. If excessive dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day.
Active ingredients: Salicylic Acid 2%
Non-medicinal ingredients: Water, Glycolic Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Arginine, Propanediol, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Allantoin, Ammonium Hydroxide.
The bottle comes with the convenient (one-hand) pump under the green flip top (also featuring the blue top from the micellar solution bottle, review to come). You place a cotton pad on top of the opening and press 2-3 times.
I have thoroughly enjoyed Acnex as it gives my skin proper exfoliation without drying/ irritating it and helps my random acne situation at the same time. Mind you, the solution does sting the open pimples and breakouts still happen in the process so it is not a cure-all solution, but it is the product of choice to take care of my dull and acne proned skin.
Acnex is, again, alcohol/ oil/ perfume/ paraben free. The bottle is big, 7oz/ 200ml for $29 (vs. 4oz/ 120ml, $37 with the 8% glycolic acid solution), another great competitive edge. Reversa is 25% off this week at Shoppers, best time to grab a bottle to try!