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Glossier Solution: The Ingredients

Glossier Solution: The Ingredients



The day has finally come. I have waited and hoped and wished for this. Glossier has released a real proper exfoliating acidic angel and her name is Solution*.

Now, I've only had this for two days. Therefore I haven't formulated an opinion or experienced proper results. So this is not a review post. This is an overview post. I'm talking about the science behind solution to help you decide whether or not you think it'll be beneficial for your skin.

First off, here's what Glossier says: "Unlike physical exfoliators that scrape off the surface of your skin, Solution gently sloughs dead cells away through chemical exfoliation, dissolving the bonds gluing problematic dead cells to the healthy skin beneath. With daily use, expect cleared acne and blackheads, smaller pores, and reduced redness. Skin’s texture will be smoother and softer, and the fabled glow of balanced, healthy skin will be in full force. Solution contains a particular blend of three acid actives for maximum efficacy: Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), and Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA). Acids are your friend."

Sounds ideal yes? So how does it work? Solution is a, well, solution made up of a mixture of 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), and Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA). Plus a bunch of calming and soothing ingredients to keep your skin happy. To be specific, Solution contains the following:

Salicylic Acid, Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Hydroxide, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Gluconolactone, Propanediol, Ethoxydigycol, Magnesium Chloride, Glycereth-7, Trimethyl Ether, Niacinamide, Betaine, Inositol, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Phytic Acid, Pentylene, Glycol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexlglycerin, Parfum/Fragrance, PEG-8, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Acetic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide

So let's talk about what all these mean!


An AHA, or Alpha-Hydroxy Acid, is an acid found in foods (like milk, apples, grapes, etc). The ones found in your skincare are generally synthetic, but lactic acid for example is originally derived from milk. They work by breaking down the substance that holds your skin cells together. Your skin exfoliates a huge amount of dead skin daily, but as we age this process slows down, meaning that supplementing with chemical exfoliants becomes helpful in keeping your skin smooth. 

AHAs are water soluble and have small molecules meaning they can penetrate the upper layer of the skin and really work to exfoliate dead skin cells away. They act in both the dermal and the epidermal levels, because the exfoliation prompts cellular renewal. There are many many many different kinds of AHAs: Lactic Acid (in Solution), Glycolic Acid (in Solution), Tartaric Acid, Malic Acid, Citric Acid (in Solution), etc. I personally really love Glycolic as it has the smallest molecules and helps the most (personally) with keeping my skin smooth.

Because AHAs exfoliate away dead skin, you're left with brighter, fresher skin at the surface. Working mostly at the surface layers of the skin, they're best for helping with things like reducing signs of aging, pigmentation (i.e. scarring), and sun damage. AHAs have also been shown to increase skin barrier function (keeping nasties out and moisture in), increase epidermal thickness (making skin look more plump), and restore hydration. Major win. 



BHA, or Beta-Hydroxy Acid, is the structural name for salicylic acid. It's obviously also a chemical exfoliant but is lipid soluble as well (it cuts through oil). It is found naturally in willowbark, but is generally synthetically produced as well. Salicylic Acid is awesome because it can work inside the pores to break down the buildup of oily clogged up dead skin. It's also both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory meaning it helps combat acne bacteria and soothes skin. Basically a super ingredient, right? 



This is one that I haven't really researched much previously! They basically do a similar job to AHAs, but are less sensitizing. PHAs have the largest molecular structure, meaning they can't get as deep into the skin as AHAs and BHA, working best on the surface of the skin. PHAs can also function as antioxidants, promoting improvement in skin’s surface strength.

Solution contains Gluconolactone, a PHA that exfoliates while also moisturizing and conditioning the skin. The molecules forming Gluconolactone are naturally attracted to water. On the skin, they pull moisture out of the air and allow it to be absorbed by the skin, replenishing lost moisture. It also forms a barrier on the skin, preventing further moisture loss.


Solution also contains an 'anti-stress complex,' a combination of Aloe, Glycerin, and Niacinamide. Aloe is, as I'm sure everyone knows, ultra soothing making it a common ingredient in acid products. It also has antioxidant properties, and also hydrates the skin due to its polysaccharide and sterol content. Glycerin is a humectant, meaning that it keeps skin moist (ew). It works to maintain skin’s moisture level and establish balance in hydration levels. Niacinamide is one that we've seen before in Glossier's Super Pure, also known as vitamin B3, it's a water-soluble vitamin that helps improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, and dullness. It’s also antimicrobial and antibacterial and soothes redness. 

So those are the main ingredients that make this beaut tick! If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments or DM me on Instagram! I have taken 'before' pictures of my skin, and will have a full review up in about a month with results so keep an eye out for part two.

Solution retails for $24 USD / $29 CAD / £19 GBP 

They also released cotton rounds which is the cutest thing ever. They're $4 and if you purchase them and Solution, use code SOLUTION for free shipping! (limited time offer)

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*Products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration. This post is not sponsored and as always, all opinions are my own. Affiliate links are present in this post.







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