Naturium Glycolic Acid Body Wash Review

Glycolic acid in a body wash! Somebody sign me up! It took skincare brands long enough to expand their product lines to include body care products. Hyperpigmentation isn’t limited to the face so why are all the great ingredients limited to facial serums and creams. Naturium is one of the few brands I’ve come across with an extensive line of body washes targeting skin issues affecting other areas of the body. And I took the plunge and made a purchase. But is it any good? Here’s my Naturium Glycolic Acid Body Wash Review.

Product description

“Our glycolic acid body wash exfoliates and resurfaces rough and bumpy texture to reveal softer, smoother skin. Formulated with an AHA blend including glycolic, lactic, pyruvic and tartaric acids, our cleanser sloughs off dead skin cells while red algae hydrates for softer, smoother more supple-looking skin. Can also be used as a facial cleanser,” according to the Naturium website.


Aqua, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glycol Distearate, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Pyruvic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Sodium PCA, Polyquaternium-73, Cocamide MIPA, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Polyquaternium-10, Glycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Didecydimonium Chloride, Methylpropanediol, Polyquaternium-80, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Sodium Lactate.

Product details

A skin-smoothing glycolic acid body wash that keeps skin soft, smooth and supple. Gentle enough for daily use and fragrance free.

  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Dermatologist Tested

Related: Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner Review

How did it work?

Let me start with the pros of this product. It’s a decent-sized product when compared to the Cerave SA body wash. Naturium gives us 16oz of product which is more in line with the size of an average body wash. 

It’s also quite moisturizing. My skin was left noticeably soft to the touch and that pesky dry and tight feeling was nowhere to be found.

However, with this particular body cleanser, the creamy texture made getting a good lather quite difficult even with a pouf. Ultimately, I found myself using a generous of the wash at each use which made the 16oz almost disappear in just over two weeks. 

The scent was quite chemically. I do wish it was more like the Cerave in that department. Cerave’s SA body wash was fragrance-free and pretty much smelled like nothing. However, in Naturium’s defence, the chemical product scent didn’t linger.

How did my skin react?

For the first week, I was certain that I had found the product that would transform my skin. But soon thereafter I realized that was not going to be the case. My skin started to flare up or purge ( I couldn’t stick it out to find out which one). The bumps on my shoulders and back were cystic and painful. Not too long after that, the scarring started and I felt set back.

The whole point of buying this product was to unclog my pores and reduce my body acne scars. Instead, my issues were being exacerbated. I know it may have been purging but I have learnt my skin has a love-hate relationship with glycolic acid through previous experiences.

I had hopes that the lower glycolic acid percentage would work better for me. After all, I did have luck with the Good Molecules brand formulation with an ingredient I thought my skin hated, niacinamide. And if you’ve been following my skincare journey you may remember I shared how The Ordinary’s niacinamide serum failed to leave my skin with all of the promised benefits. But this body wash was no Good Molecules formulation and my skin was not happy.

Related: Bacne Be Gone: Cerave SA Body Wash Review

Final thoughts

The Naturium body wash line is a good step in the right direction for body care. Despite my skin’s less than ideal reaction to the wash, I won’t dismiss the brand just yet. I actually would love to give the salicylic acid body wash from the line a try. I’ve seen more than a few favourable reviews for that particular cleanser. It seems like the crowd favourite from the line. If your skin enjoys glycolic acid and lactic acid you may have a better experience than I did.

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