I’ve written about probiotics in skincare before, so I was super excited when I got the chance to try out Glowbiotics Probiotic Instant Resurfacing Pads. I love exfoliation products and was extremely curious about the ingredients ammonium lactate and potassium azeloyl diglycinate as I had never heard of them before. So here’s a quick review of my experience before I explore these featured ingredients in detail!
This was my first chemical exfoliator, and while my skin could handle it now, I didn’t want to over irritate it at the time, so I only used this pad once a week. I used the resurfacing pad at night post-cleansing and toner, and pre-serum and moisturizer. The pads were perfectly sized, just enough to use three fingers to exfoliate my skin. However, the first thing that caught my attention was the intense smell. It’s hard to describe but the best way I can explain it is like a chemical milk smell? I used the pad for about ~20-30 seconds, rubbing it all over my face and neck, and my skin immediately turned red. While I have fairly resilient skin, this shocked me a bit the first time. However, the smell and coloring went away within minutes after use. I continued to use these pads once/week (for 6 weeks – as my sample allowed). After the 6 weeks was up, I did notice that my skin was softer and had a glow, but only for a few days after using the product. If it weren’t for the price, I’d definitely purchase these pads again. However, I still feel like I need to know more about exactly what the included probiotics can do to benefit my skin before I’d seriously consider it.
The ingredient list appears to contain fairly standard ingredients and aside from ammonium lactate and potassium azeloyl diglycinate, many of the non-standard used ingredients are part of Glowbiotics “balancing complex”. These ingredients include Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract, Alisma Plantago-Aquatica Extract, Beta-Glucan, and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice. According to Glowbiotics website’s this blend of antioxidants and probiotics boost balance, prevent aging, and create a tightening effect.
ingredient list: Water/Aqua/Eau, Ammonium Lactate, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract, Alisma Plantago-Aquatica Extract, Beta-Glucan, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Decyl Glucoside, Alcohol Denat., Ammonium Hydroxide
ingredient spotlight – ammonium lactate
Ammonium lactate is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which is a carboxylic acid and ammonium salt of lactic acid, another popular alpha hydroxy acid. Alpha hydroxy acids are used for exfoliating and cleansing of the skin, by helping turn over skin cells. AHAs can be naturally formed and synthetically derived. Lactic acid is formed in our body during muscle exercise which is what gives the sore feeling. Ammonium lactate can be used in cosmetic formulas as a buffer, skin conditioning agent, and an exfoliator, as it is used in this product. From the looks of the ingredient list above, I’d say that ammonium lactate is responsible for the exfoliation portion of these resurfacing pads.
ingredient spotlight – potassium azeloyl diglycinate
The information on potassium azeloyl diglycinate is very limited, compared to its original form azelaic acid. (Azelaic acid is a skin brightener and is commonly used in serums and moisturizers.) The few sources out there on this ingredient cite it as a skin brightener, and anti-acne treatment. I was able to find one study from the Journal of Dermatological Treatment that looked at the use of potassium azeloyl diglycinate containing cream on 37 participants. After using the cream twice a day for 12 weeks researchers found that the cream “is effective in reducing stinging and burning sensation in patients with erythemato-telangiectatic rosacea”. While this study does give positive results, it’s only one study of many and does not provide that much information. Additional studies should definitely be done before this ingredient can be given serious consideration. In this exfoliating pad, potassium azeloyl diglycinate is said to help brighten skin, reduce redness, and help with hydration and sebum control. I’m still taking the stance that this ingredient needs much more research.
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This is not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.