This product is chiefly an AHA exfoliant meant for acne-prone skin. Although AHA ingredients can be helpful for breakouts, BHA (active ingredient salicylic acid) is preferred because it can penetrate oil to better dislodge blockages inside the pores. BHA is also mildly antibacterial and has anti-inflammatory properties, while AHAs do not have these traits. Although this product does contain BHA, it's present in too small an amount to be of much benefit.
The AHA ingredients are present in an amount capable of exfoliating, and the pH of 3.6 ensures these ingredients will exfoliate, which is the goal. Although that's helpful, as mentioned, most struggling with breakouts will get better results from a BHA exfoliant.
As for this product being a better choice for sensitive, easily irritated skin, it isn't. Not only is the amount of AHA a potential problem for extra-sensitive skin, but also the inclusion of fragrance isn't a good idea because fragrance itself can be irritating. See More Info for further details on why fragrance isn't good for skin. This product would have been far better with a selection of anti-irritants to reduce the potentially irritating effects of the AHA. This ends up being an OK but pricey option as an AHA exfoliant for normal to slightly dry skin, and a questionable option for breakout-prone skin.
- Silky texture is easy to apply.
- Contains an effective amount of AHAs at a pH that ensures exfoliation.
- AHAs are not as effective for breakouts as BHA (salicylic acid).
- Amount of salicylic acid in this exfoliant is too low to benefit skin.
- Contains fragrance, which shouldn't be in skin-care products for sensitive skin.
Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For these reasons, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)