When it comes to skin, it is either the genes you got or it is the care you do for your skin. For me, I had a very clear and beautiful skin till my early teens and after that, it was all acne, blemishes, and spots which I have been trying to treat or care for. This search and trial to manage the acne and blemishes have been ongoing most of my life now. When I find a product that does makes the difference, I do feel happy and love to share my experience with you all through my blog.


I bought Sunday Riley Good Genes (CAD $135 excl taxes for 30ml) more than a few months back and if you see the bottle in the pictures below, you will find I still have a little bit left. It is not because this product does not get its turn to be used from my huge skin care cabinet but the reason is I do not want this to finish, yes I know it has a limited shelf life but still, I do not want it to get finished until I get a backup for this. This is one of my favorite product with acid, I have used many acids and liked a few and this is one of them.

Good Genes is described as “All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment is formulated with high potency, a purified grade lactic acid that immediately exfoliates dull, pore-clogging dead skin cells, revealing smoother, fresher, younger-looking skin. Fine lines appear visually plumped while the skin looks more radiant. With continued use, the appearance of stubborn hyperpigmentation and the visible signs of aging are reduced for a healthier-looking complexion. Perfect for all skin types and all ages, this treatment is enhanced with licorice for brightening, Good Genes clarifies, smooths, and retexturizes for instant radiance. ”


This is a great product for dullness, uneven skin texture, dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. It is suitable for normal, oily, combination and dry skin types. For your reference, I have combination skin type with occasional hormonal breakouts. It is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates. The product is packaged in a glass bottle with a pump which works very well to dispense the right amount of product.

After using this product continuously in the starting and then occasionally when I have an acne flare up or I want that glow in the morning, I am a fan and I am not going to let this bottle finish until I buy a backup, seriously. This can be used both during the day (of course followed by a moisturizer and sunscreen) and night but I do prefer to use this as a treatment during the night. I get so good results with this product that I can not say enough about it. I do not use any moisturizer or night cream when I am using this during the night. I cleanse my face and apply this product on my face avoiding the eye area. In the morning, my face looks so glowy, clear and plumpy. It does give the feeling of a new skin. For the whole day, I do feel my face is a bit oily but I use a blotting paper once or twice and it is all good again.

I have noticed less acne or hormonal breakouts when I use it and when I have a breakout, it does get better soon. I have felt my acne scars fade so much faster with this, which is like a miracle for me as I get few new acne scars every month. I have not noticed such fast results with any other acid product that I have used. I did not notice any peeling or irritation with this product. I did do my due diligence to use a sunscreen the next day when I used this treatment during the night.


This product does have a bit different chemical kind of smell which fades away very soon but once you get to see the results from this, you will not even bother about the smell. This is an AHA exfoliant and this formulation of Lactic Acid works perfect on the surface of the skin and is very effective in resurfacing it. The effect from this product is almost immediate, I could see the glow even 5 to 10 minutes after application. It does absorb easily when applied and does not leaves any oily or dry feeling to the skin, means the skin does feel calm and smooth. I am totally a Fan and would highly recommend trying this unless you have a very sensitive skin.

It is available to be purchased at Sephora, Cult Beauty, and Space NK.

What is your favorite acid product?