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Reviva Labs 5% Glycolic Acid Cream, 1.5 Ounces

For over 40 Years Reviva Labs has been producing all natural skin-care products that help leave your skin healthier and more youthful-looking. Reviva Labs is one of the most unique skin-care brands in the cosmetic industry. Reviva’s products are not conventional commercial items. Established in 1973 to serve the newly emerging skin-salon market, the Reviva line is comprised of skin treatments created for skin-care professionals’ demand for individualized formulas that meet specific needs. Reviva Labs, a small company compared to the cosmetic giants, via it’s European affiliations and dermatological research, has introduced more skin-care firsts through America’s skin salons and health food stores, than most of the cosmetic giants.

Key features

  • The advanced glycolic acid in a natural base
  • For both aging and problem skin
  • Exfoliation and cell renewal for mature skin
  • 100% glycolic extract, never diluted
  • Suitable for day and night use
  • 5% Glycolic the advanced glycolic acid in a natural base

Honest reviews


Reviva Labs 5% Glycolic Acid Cream

I used 5 days after pure glycolic acid peel 70%, face appearing allergy skin, redness to be stopped. Best for removes scalps acne and old cell, no painful.I another 40% lactic acid peel as soon as next view order.

Michele Ivanhoe, VA

Did not even tingle for ant aging effect

This product seemed to do nothing for me as far as I could tell. It said the tingling effect shows that it is working, yet I never had this happen. For me, this was a bust!

Patty Bethlehem, GA

OMG this is amazing for my acne!

****UpdateI have used this product for a month now, I am running out of my first container. I have noticed contained acne control and significant reduction in my finest wrinkles. I think this is a good product to use for starting out, but should certainly be paired with a good sunscreen (I live in the desert and can *feel* that if I am out in the sun at all I will burn while using this without a sunscreen). I plan to order the 10% next and see if that does more; I will report back and if not, continue using the 5% until I am older.I sort of felt like this was an impulse buy, but I am so glad I bought it! I have been using other prescription acne products (retin-A and a topical antibiotic) for several years, but I am going through a very prolonged and stressful time in my life and they just stopped working at all. Plus my insurance doesn’t coverage these products and they were getting expensive as well as pointless. I was having terrible break-outs and becoming neurotic about anti-aging skin care as my 30th birthday draws near. It was both pimples and alot of cystic acne (the deeper, swelling bump kind).So, this product and other reviews said it helped with fine lines, fading scars, and “problem skin.” I figured what the h***, I have all three but have never tried glycolic acid, so why not. I chose the lower concentration simply because with all the other products I have been using and some important public occasions coming up, I did not want to risk a bad reaction.I put this on as per the directions (“for the first four weeks: apply at night and leave on for one minute, then add a night cream”) and the NEXT MORNING virtually ALL of my cystic was GONE and my other acne was really cleared up!! I never IMAGINED such an instant response, I was hoping for something by the end of the month! And I have never had any remedy whatsoever, prescription, home, OTC, do anything much for my cystic acne.It has been approximately a week now. I realize this is too soon to report on the effects the cream might have on my acne scars and fine lines, but I wanted to leave this review now because I have just had such an amazing and incomparable success with this product as a cystic and other acne treatment, I thought other customers might be interested. I will update this review in a few weeks regarding other product uses.

Edwina Lettsworth, LA

Incredible results for me

Edit 2/7/2014: Downgrade to 2 stars from 5This was working really well for me until this week. My skin was very smooth and what adult acne I had was gone. Now, blackheads (which were never a problem for me before) have started cropping up all over my cheeks and for the most part, the only improved part of my skin is from the nose down. My forehead is smooth but shiny and tends to be greasy so I’ve stopped using the cream there entirely. My nose is dry and flaky so I moisturize there and take my chances with blackheads.I don’t really know what to think about this product now. I’ve orderedAlpha Hydrox AHA Souffle Soothing Anti-Wrinkle 1.6 oz.and the coordinating products which a friend swears by. Since there’s a 12% AHA content, it’s significantly stronger than this and the comparison won’t be the same but I’m hoping to get better results and will review it in a month or so.—Honestly, I bought this not expecting miracles and took the glowing reviews with a big tablespoon of salt. For this price, I was just hoping for a shot at controlling my mild occasional adult acne breakouts (yay, perimenopause!). Oh my god. After a month, the overall improvement in my skin is insane.I started using it just in the morning after my usual cleansing – I used Aveeno Positively Radiant cleanser, then a thin layer of this, then as per instructions, wait a minute or so, then my usual moisturizer, Aveeno Positively Radiant daily moisturizer. Nothing fancy. i did that for a week and a half. The instructions on the box recommended waiting a month to start using the cream twice daily but I wasn’t seeing results and even with my sensitive skin, didn’t have any redness so I bumped it up to twice a day. Once a week, I used Aveeno’s Positively Radiant exfoliating cleanser. That’s it, my whole skin care regime.I can’t believe the improvement in the texture of my skin. From my eyebrows down, my skin finally looks practically poreless and I haven’t seen even the hint of any kind of pimple in two weeks. I have an issue with some raised bumps that my dermatologist told me I’d need to have treated with a professional peel and in a month with this product, they’re already significantly reduced, definitely enough that I’m very happy.I can’t say much about the cream’s effect on tone and wrinkles, since I don’t have an issue with blotchy skin and the only wrinkles I’d have to treat are around my eyes and that’s an area you can’t treat with this particular product. Be very careful about getting this around or in your eyes! I accidentally got in near there when I rubbed my eye one day and I was in severe pain for two days.After a month, I’ve used about one-fourth of the small jar and I think when I’m done with it, I’ll probably bump up to the 10% cream and use it once per day. I’m not having any redness with the 5% cream but it’s working so well that there’s no reason to increase it yet. I don’t know if this is a case of this product just not working for certain kinds of skin or what, but I can only recommend that you give this a serious chance. It won’t work in a week or maybe even two. I had to wait for a few weeks to really see significant change but after more than a month now, I love what it’s done to my skin.

Rhoda Shelby, IA

Eh, not so great

I have to say I used this product nightly for a month straight and noticed no difference in my skin. All the reviews had me expecting a noticeable difference in my skin tone especially with my dark marks. Alas that didn’t happen. Perhaps I should’ve used the 10%, but this formula wasn’t the magic ticket.

Tina Meridian, MS

Amazing Stuff!

After using this product my skin tone has significantly evened out and I don’t have anymore breakouts. Words of advice: When using this product listen to your skin. If it burns too much, or you notice that your skin is getting excessively tender, take a few days break. I also slather my face in Argan or Maracuja oil after using this since I have dry skin.

Sally Laredo, MO

can’t tell yet

This seems like a good night time moisturizer. I can’t tell that it is doing anything much for my skin, but I don’t use it every night. I have used it several times at this point. I am also older (60) and might be too far gone, LOL. Although I am always being told I have a good complexion and people think I am younger than I am. I have pretty sensitive skin and it does burn a little when applied, but the feeling goes away after a few minutes. I would say that it is not bad for a moisturizer, but not a miracle worker, either. The price is good, though. I don’t like to spend a lot of money on my skin since I don’t think it makes any difference. The quality of one’s skin is mostly hereditary and as long as one uses a good moisturizer, eats a fairly healthy diet and gets some exercise, that is about all you can do. And don’t smoke. Smoking is the worst thing you can do for your skin. And this won’t help that.

Carmella Custer, SD

Acne treatment and glowing skin

I am a caramel coloured Caribbean woman. I have always used herbal and natural products on my skin, such as shea butter and coconut oil and those things work. I have found that with age and sun exposure etc by skin does not glow as it use , so I decided to try a light chemical exfolitant.I have been using this cream for only one week and I truly love it. My skin is noticeably smoother, softer and less oily. Everything seems balanced. I use a little at night with a herbal ( tumeric) moisturiser over it. I have occasional acne breakouts, nothing to severe, but it leaves the worse hyperpigmentation marks on my face that last for months. This cream seems to diminish them little by little everyday. The new skin that it reveals is beautiful and truly the way we are suppose to look. I do not have wrinkles yet and I am hoping that this cream delays them even longer. I have not gotten any breakouts while using it and the old ones that were there before have shrunk considerably. I am excited to see what I would look like in a month or two. I apply a light oil of olay moisturiser with SPF in the morning.I did not experience the burning or flaking that others have described but it could be the use of the tumeric over it. I am truly hoping that my skin doesn’t get use to it and then it just stops working. I am considering upgrading to the 10% when this container is finished but I am hesitant after reading some of the reviews.

Christina Clinton, LA

Good stuff

Very good face cream but I would recommend to everyone skipping this one and going straight to 10% for faster results. Or use it twice a day from the beginning.

Tina Gustavus, AK

Ok for some.

I used this product for over a month and the only thing I noticed was that the skin on my nose was peeling excessively and my face was still breaking out. Since I’ve stopped using it my face is slowly healing. I know people that have used this and had wonderful results. I guess it’s just not for my skin.

Joy National Mine, MI

Believe the hype….

I was afraid of trying glycolic acid because my skin is sensitive and I’ve never used anything like this. In my early 30s, and I am starting to be concerned with wrinkles and other skin issues. I did a lot of research before deciding to try this. I’m very glad that I did.The stuff does the trick. It doesn’t dry out the drier areas on my face, but it does manage to take care of the more oily and pimple prone areas. Coupled with the night and day creams my skin looks fabulous. Now I just need to be better about using this stuff regularly. Every time I do my skin glows and looks wonderful for days. Highly recommend.

Mellisa Park Hills, MO

A marked difference

After using this cream 4-6 times a week for three weeks I have noticed a difference in the hyperpigmentation spots I have on the backs of my arms from clogged pores/acne. I also notice a smoother texture, so I felt safer in applying to my face. And I will say that the fine lines around my mouth and on my forehead are smoother for at least 24 hours after using cream. The lines on my face are not deep since I am in my early 30’s, but this made them nonexistent. I like the natural ingredients and observable benefits.

Colleen Crum, WV

It feels great

This hasn’t done anything that I can see for my skin. I just ordered the 10% instead. Hopefully that will show some noticeable results.I give it four stars because it tingles, feels great and It doesn’t break out my hyper-sensitive skin.

Leigh Montour, IA

Great product for acne!

I get the occasional pimple and this product really helps. This cream makes my skin so soft. A little goes a long way so the small tub lasts a while. I highly recommend this cream!

Karen Lanesboro, IA