I Tried It: An Honest Review of the Glo Skin Acne Collection

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When I hit my 20s, I thought that my acne days were behind me. I was wrong. Like a lot of women in the U.S., I struggle with stress and hormone-related acne that can leave me with painful bumps and lingering marks. That’s why I was perfect to try out Glo Skin Beauty’s brand-new Acne Collection.

Designed to fight the acne of your adult years, this collection is formulated to reinforce your skin’s microbiome. The delicate ecosystem of good bacteria living on our skin is essential to skin health, but when we treat acne, we’re often disrupting that system without restoring its balance. That’s where the Acne Collection comes in, seeking to gently treat and eliminate stubborn acne while keeping your microbiome strong and healthy.

glo skin acne collection
The collection, launched on May 31, includes two spot treatments and two moisturizers.

Treating Adult Acne

When most of us first encounter acne, it’s during our teens. Aside from a buildup of dead skin cells, oil and bacteria, teens are dealing with overactive oil glands that are stimulated by their raging hormones. As you can imagine, that means a lot of acne treatment is designed to address these kind of breakouts.

Cracking the code on adult acne hasn’t been easy, but with the addition of the microbiome into the conversation, Glo Skin has done just that.

Adult acne is happening on adult skin, and that means skin with less collagen and bounce-back power than teens. So, the collection had to be designed with a gentler hand—one that’s focused on the nourishment adult skin really needs while it’s fighting off and recovering from breakouts.

The Acne Collection

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BHA Clarifying Gel Moisturizer ($60)

An oil-free, fast-absorbing, water-light clarifying moisturizer, it’s powered by a microbiome complex that targets skin barrier repair, strengthening skin to absorb and retain deep moisture without clogging pores. Vegan lactic acid and salicylic acid gently refine and clarify, reducing the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles, while soothing botanicals calm and cool skin. Balancing oil production, this non-comedogenic treatment moisturizer eliminates shine without stripping moisture, for an instantly mattified finish, restoring skin’s natural radiance and clarity.

Get your critical moisture with none of the oil-clogging weight with a combination of lactic and salicylic acids for renewed skin and marine extracts for locked-in hydration.

GLO bha clarifying gel moisturizer

Key ingredients

Lactic and salicylic acids, vegan biofermented technology, marine extracts


Oil-free hydration, skin-refining acids, shine control


50 ML / 1.7 FL. OZ.

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Microbiome Restoring PM Moisturizer ($65)

Nighttime isn’t just our time to take a restorative rest. It’s also when our skin is focused the most on repair and renewal. Boost the process with this sea heather-enriched moisturizer that uses vegan biofermented technology to deliver rich antioxidants to the skin’s microbiome. Replenish your barrier overnight while birch water soothes and comforts skin to reduce inflammation and redness.

GLO microbiome restoring pm moisturizer

Key ingredients

Marine actives, birch water, vegan biofermented technology


Microbiome recovery, long-lasting weightless hydration, gentle skin-refining


50 ML / 1.7 FL. OZ.

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Acne Spot Treatment ($30)

Target active blemishes with the five percent sulfur-powered spot treatment designed to stop breakouts in their tracks and stop new ones from forming.

GLO acne spot treatment

Key ingredients

Sulfur, willow bark, marine extracts


Acne clearing, targets blemishes and blackheads, prevents future breakouts


15 ML / 0.5 FL. OZ.

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Recovery Spot Cream ($30)

Restore your skin’s barrier faster and help ease the appearance of acne marks left behind with this phytic acid-powered spot cream.

GLO recovery spot cream

Key ingredients

Phytic acid, seaberry seed oil, gotu kola extract


Fade dark spots and redness, skin barrier repair, skin calming


15 ML / 0.5 FL. OZ.

The Benefits

Acne treatment that refines wrinkles, plumps skin and helps you heal faster, the Glo Skin Acne Collection is a set of stellar performers. The main theme of the collection is balance, and that’s a big benefit when it comes to the delicate microbiome. Ingredients like sulfur, lactic acid and hydroxy acids work to gently refine, cleanse and soothe skin without stripping it of essential moisture. 98 percent of users found themselves experiencing fewer breakouts after four weeks of using the PM Moisturizer, and 94 percent agreed that the Clarifying Moisturizer was shine-reducing and oil-controlling. Balancing targeted acne treatment with marine extracts and botanicals that reduce redness and take down inflammation, this collection is designed to level your skin out.

Shorter Recovery Time

Pro-tip: The Recovery Spot creams makes an excellent post-breakout companion, and I like to have it on me during the day to take down inflammation and irritation. I would love to say that I’ve never messed with a pimple, but I would be lying. That’s a big reason why I’m a fan of the Recovery Spot Cream. It’s safe to use on broken skin and helps speed up the healing process. It normally takes me a week or so just to see a significant change in my messed-with acne. But not this time. Just take a look at my two-day turn around post-breakout!

Key Ingredients

Sulfur, willow bark, lactic acid, salicylic acid, marine extracts

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