Best Pick: NeoStrata Toning Solution Level 2

NeoStrata Toning Solution Level 2

Behold, one of my best kept beauty secrets! I love this product. It’s one of my most favourite skin treatments. Ever. Each bottle lasts me at least 6 months and I’m more than half way through my third bottle!

NeoStrata Toning Solution Level 2 is a liquid skin treatment with 10% glycolic acid (AHA) and 2% salicylic acid (BHA), both are chemical exfoliants and the strongest strength available without a prescription in Canada (where NeoStrata is based). The salicylic acid exfoliates the top layer of the skin and inside to the pores to treat and keep away skin congestion and acne. It is also an anti-inflammatory agent so it helps calm redness. In addition, it has been shown to be able to rebuild sun-damaged skin collagen ¹. Glycolic acid, on the other hand, exfoliates the skin’s surface to make skin looks more evenly tone, bright, and smooth. It also increases skin’s own production of hyaluronic acid and collagen ². It’s like the skin’s equivalent of full-on workout session followed by a healthy, refueling meal.

We can do nothing and gracefully accept our body changes but it’s much better in the long-run to be doing some regular workout sessions, no? Especially when the only actual effort required for the skin’s ‘workout’ involved smoothing some liquid over your face!

I had been using this regularly since the product debuted in 2010, and here are my results. Keep in mind that I had good skin to begin with — I’m not boasting, just being frank. My usage: applied on clean, bare skin alternate nights using my hands — cotton wool pad was too wasteful as it absorbed a lot of the solution — 3 drops for face and 2 drops for neck and chest area. There was a slight tingling feeling upon application but nothing uncomfortable. The outer packaging clearly stated that was to be expected. Very smooth, bright skin morning after treatment. Long-term results are that my pores look smaller, my skin looks clearer, firmer, and brighter, and I have been almost entirely blemish-free. I have hardly needed to use any foundation or concealer.

My skin has always benefited from regular exfoliation of the non-mechanical kind. I’m not talking about scrubs or Clarisonic here, I’m referring to enzymes and other exfoliating agents that remove dead skin cells without having to physically ‘scrub’ them off. I have always used some sort of chemical exfoliants, including AHAs and BHA — whether in the form of a mask, a cleanser, serum or a moisturizer. The difference with NeoStrata Toning Solution Level 2, is that it’s a straightforward formulation of the 2 acids together in an effective pH — no fillers to dilute the effects.

Some important things to note:

1. The product is supposed to tingle but it should not be painful! This product contains a high dose of acids and first time users need to slowly build up tolerance. There is also the NeoStrata Toning Solution Level 1 with 8% glycolic acid in the same formulation but no salicylic acid.

2. I don’t use any other form of exfoliation the day that I’m using the solution. Over-exfoliation is not a good thing — chemical burn is painful and not pretty!

NeoStrata Toning Solution Level 2, 100ml, is Canadian-exclusive and it’s retailed for CDN$29 from Well.ca (HERE) — shipping available to Canada and USA only.

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Cw
Cw
5 years ago

Are you still using this toner?
I was looking for them and realised that they are repackaged/ reformulated???do you have any thoughts on the new level 2?

rattata
rattata
6 years ago
Alisa Brunkardt
Alisa Brunkardt
6 years ago

Hi! I have dry to combination skin which breaks out maybe 2-3 times a month and I have a few blackheads around my chin and nose area. I’m currently using the Pixi Toner with 5% AHA but I don’t really see any improvement on my skin and I also really hate the amount of fragrance in the product. The next product I would like to try out is the Paulas Choice line with 1% or 2% BHA but I’m not quite sure. Can you recommend a good exfoliating product to me? Thanks much! ^.^

Alisa Brunkardt
Alisa Brunkardt
6 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thank you for your reply! I will try this one out ^-^

RocMarci
RocMarci
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Would you even recommend to use anything else other than chemical peel for blackheads, like comedone extractor or something? I noticed I have less problems with blackheads since I started using Luna mini (1), but the issue is still present though, maybe Luna mini 2 would suit me better as you can set it to a stronger intensity, not sure heh.

RocMarci
RocMarci
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Hey, yep, I googled and you’re right – it’s sebaceous filaments, no brainer actually as I have this problem on almost all of my skin surface :/ I should probably use Innisfree volcanic clay more often around the nose/cheek area as it also helps a bit. Hopefully my skin will calm down a bit in terms of oil productions with aging..

Alisa Brunkardt
Alisa Brunkardt
6 years ago

Hello! I have dry to combination skin which breaks out maybe 2-3 times a month and I have a few blackheads around my chin and nose area. I’m currently using the Pixi Toner with 5% AHA but I don’t really see any improvement on my skin and I also really hate the amount of fragrance in the product. The next product I would like to try out is the Paulas Choice line with 1% or 2% BHA but I’m not quite sure. Can you recommend a good exfoliating product to me? Thanks much! ^.^

sally
sally
8 years ago

hi, I’m a “skincare” newbie, I’ve been 8 months in japan, and now I start thinking to take care of my skin, due to “4 seasons” here, I wasn’t have any trouble on my face before I come here. I found my face become dull since i got here (I have oily type), I’m using allie whitening sunscreen (as I read your review it should be suit my skin type) since this summer,and know I have blemishes every where (please explain what is the diferent between acne and blemish), I blamed the suncreen, but after read your article about ‘double… Read more »

J
J
8 years ago

Hello! Thanks for the review. How do you incorporate this product with other skincare products (do you use it before you put on anything else? can it go under make up? etc;) and how often can you use it? Thanks

Sarah Phelps
Sarah Phelps
8 years ago

Where can you buy this?Except for the company website

Adne
Adne
9 years ago

Which one would you suggest for 1st time user of this product? Level 1 or level 2? I’m mostly blemish free but I tend to breakout before my period.

orchidjadedx
orchidjadedx
9 years ago

What is the difference between level 1 and level 2? Have you tried other products in this acne line?

orchidjadedx
orchidjadedx
9 years ago
Reply to  RatzillaCosme

Thank you very much for the quick response, I will definitely be trying out this product in my next skin care batch.

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