1.01 fl. oz. for $60
Last Updated:12.02.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This very expensive anti-acne product contains glycolic acid, and the company states it’s present at 6%, which, coupled with this product’s pH, means exfoliation will occur.

Altough AHA in the form of glycolic acid can absolutely be helpful for breakouts, research shows that when acne is the concern, salicylic acid (BHA, or beta hydroxy acid) is preferred to glycolic acid because it is oil-soluble and also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, three important needs for someone with blemish-prone skin.

TriAcneal also contains a form of retinaldehyde known as retinal, but the amount is merely a dusting; there is more red dye in here than retinal. The company states they’re using 0.1% retinal, but the ingredient list doesn’t necessarily jibe with that. Assuming it’s close, there is research showing 6% glycolic acid and 0.1% retinal can be helpful for breakouts.

This ends up being an acceptable yet overpriced product whose acne-improving ability, including improving the appearance of acne marks, is limited but may be worth a look if your skin doesn’t respond well to a BHA exfoliant.

Note: The amount of alcohol this contains is likely too low to be cause for concern. What’s certain, though, is that alcohol won’t help improve acne or signs of aging.

  • Contains 6% glycolic acid at a pH that guarantees it will work as an exfoliant.
  • Expensive.
  • Contains retinal (a form of vitamin A), but in the tiniest amount possible, so your skin isn’t likely to see much benefit.
  • Doesn’t contain a brilliant range of ingredients to fight acne and wrinkles.

A clinically-proven trio of acne-fighting ingredients, including patented Retinaldehyde® with proven anti-aging benefits, Glycolic Acid and the new patented Efectiose®, formulated with soothing thermal spring water to help eliminate breakouts, abnormal keratinization, acne-related redness and irritation and residual scarring.


Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Polysorbate 60, Glycolic Acid, Avene Thermal Spring Water, SD Alcohol 39-C, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Arginine HCL, BHT, Ceteareth-33, Dimethiconol, Fragrance, Potassium Sorbate, Red 33, Retinal, Undecyl Rhamnoside

Brand Overview

Eau Thermale Avene At-a-Glance

Strengths: Some excellent cleansers; well-formulated sunscreens; moisturizers that help to treat very dry, fragile skin; praiseworthy lip balms.

Weaknesses: Can be on the pricey side.

Eau Thermale Avene’s most prominent claim to fame is the thermal spring water in its products, which the brand maintains is curative due to both historical and scientific evidence. Unfortunately, there isn’t much evidence that we could locate that was in the form of published, peer-reviewed research. Without the research, thermal water is ultimately more about marketing than fact—however, the good news is whatever the factualness of their claims about the ingredient, at least thermal water isn’t going to harm your skin in any way.

Thermal water aside, what is clear is that Avene’s goal is to provide formulas for those who battle sensitive skin concerns. With that in mind, we can say there are quite a few successes among the brand’s range of offerings. There are also a few products we saw as missteps for reasons noted in their respective reviews.

Overall, Eau Thermale Avene’s more praiseworthy qualities is the range of options provided for those that have exceptionally sensitive skin, i.e. who may have been unable to tolerate more advanced anti-aging formulas. While we would have liked to see more in the way of complexity of anti-aging formulas from Avene (and fewer claims about thermal water), the particular direction the brand takes towards skincare is one that has its audience.

For more information about Eau Thermale Avene, call (866) 412-8363 or visit www.aveneusa.com.

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This is an OK product, I got a sample for 2 weeks to try it out from a local drugstore, so far, YES it has dried out the eruptions around my chin area, but its nothing worth the hype. it burns when you apply but that goes away once it dries out. Good thing is, like mentioned; it dries out the pimple, but it doesn't necessarily get rid of it completely. 2.5 out of 5 is what I would give.

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i bought this and did absolutely nothing wish i had read this review before

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Too weak

This is a very basic product with low percentage of acids. I think it's suitable for beginners and for people who don't tolerate stronger products. For me it doesn't do much. The price is nowhere near 60$. It costs 14€ or a little over 20$ in the USA (can be checked in many online stores).

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So which other product?

So which other product would you recommend instead? I have tried several aha and bha products. They don't work quite as simply as you suggest.

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