About Reversa products:
About glycolic acid:
Do I need to use a sunscreen while using Reversa?
If you’re using any product from our UV Anti-Aging line, you won’t need to use a sunscreen for normal daily activities because they already contain broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sun filters with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15. However, we do recommend you apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher over the following Reversa products before going out in the sun: Reversa Skin Smoothing Cream, Reversa Skin Smoothing Body Lotion, Reversa Skin Firming Gel-Cream and Reversa Solution for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin. Putting on the sunscreen a few minutes after applying your Reversa product will protect your skin from the sun’s skin-damaging ultraviolet rays.
What’s the best Reversa product for reducing brown spots?
All Reversa products containing glycolic acid will reduce brown pigmentation spots, thanks to the exfoliating properties of glycolic acid. But Reversa Anti-Spot Lightening Cream and Reversa Anti-Spot Night Care were both specifically developed to reduce hyperpigmentation problems. In addition to glycolic acid, they contain rare botanical extracts like Rumex occidentalis that reduce the action of the tyrosinase enzyme responsible for the production of melanin, which is what gives the spots their brown colour. Reversa UV Anti-Aging skin care products also contain broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sun filters which protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays and help reduce the appearance of brown spots.
Are Reversa products oil-free?
Absolutely. All Reversa products contain non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic and perfume-free ingredients, making them perfectly suited—and highly effective—for all skin types, even sensitive ones.
Can I apply Reversa UV Anti-Wrinkle Eye Contour Cream SPF 15 to my eyelids?
No. Reversa products with glycolic acid have an acidic pH between 3.5 and 4, which could cause irritation if it comes into contact with the eyes. As indicated on the packaging, the cream should be applied well away from the eyes, above the eyelids and beyond the corners of the eye.
How is Reversa different from other glycolic acid products on the market?
Reversa products are made in Canada. They are unique and developed in Dermtek Pharmaceutical’s laboratory by specialized chemists and pharmacists. Reversa uses glycolic acid as its principal active ingredient. Other products on the market also use glycolic acid, but what makes each formula unique is the other active ingredients that contribute to the product’s cosmetic qualities and chemical activity. Reversa, for instance, now uses the unique Time-Release Glyco-Comfort System™ in all glycolic acid formulas. This improves skin tolerance to irritation without affecting the formula’s effectiveness.
Is Reversa safe to use during pregnancy?
To date, no research has indicated that glycolic acid is contraindicated during pregnancy. Most physicians consider it safe to use skin care products containing glycolic acid in concentrations below 10%. If you’re still concerned about the potential harm to your baby, we suggest you consult your doctor.
At what age should I start using Reversa products?
The first signs of skin aging usually appear in our mid-twenties when the turnover of new skin cells, production of collagen and elastin—the substance that enables the skin to snap back—and the ability of the skin to repair itself begin to decrease.
Although Reversa products are specially formulated to reverse the signs of skin aging, they are first and foremost skin care products. As such, they are designed to help restore and maintain your skin’s health. It’s best to start taking care of your skin as early as possible. Get in the habit of limiting your exposure to direct sunlight and use sunscreen with broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sun filters to limit skin damage whenever you go out.
What is glycolic acid?
Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from sugar cane. It is the smallest of all AHAs and easily penetrates the skin to help shed the uppermost layer of dead cells. It also promotes cell turnover, allowing healthier cells to move closer to the skin’s surface, leaving it smoother, younger and healthier looking.
Glycolic acid is very beneficial to the skin:
- It improves skin texture and colour
- It improves the appearance of dry, thickened, sun-damaged skin
- It moisturizes more efficiently
- It gives a fresher, rejuvenated complexion
- It reduces the appearance of wrinkles and age spots
- It unclogs skin pores
- It normalizes the skin's surface layers
Because it penetrates the skin so rapidly, glycolic acid may occasionally irritate sensitive skin. This occurs as a stinging, burning or itching sensation that may cause those who experience it to discontinue use and miss out on the rejuvenating benefits of the product.
But there’s good news. All Reversa products with glycolic acid feature the Time-Release Glyco-Comfort System™, a technological breakthrough that greatly reduces the risk of adverse reactions. Click here for more information on the Time-Release Glyco-Comfort System™.
Which Reversa product is best if I’ve never used a glycolic acid cosmetic?
We recommend starting with products that have the lowest glycolic acid concentration, say 4%, especially if you have sensitive skin.
These products are:
When you’ve noticed all the benefits glycolic acid brings to your skin, you’ll want to use products containing higher concentrations for even better results.
Are there any other precautions to follow when using glycolic acid cosmetics?
A cutaneous sensitivity test performed on a small skin surface—behind the ear or on the inner surface of the forearm—is a good precaution to take whenever you use a new cosmetic. A gradual increase in the frequency of use is recommended for all first-time users. Begin by applying the product every other day. Once your skin has become accustomed to glycolic acid
, you can begin applying your new product on a daily basis. A slight tingling sensation that quickly subsides is quite normal and does not constitute a contraindication to the use of glycolic acid
In the event of irritation (persistent redness, burning sensation, etc.), stop using the product and consult your doctor.