Ah, unfortunately this product wasn't for me. After reading many reviews all over the internet claiming it was their HG product I decided to purchase... and after two weeks my skin was breaking out worse than before, in deep cystic as well as surface pimples, in places I never had breakouts before (my cheeks and jawline). Not just a normal 'purge', it was intense, I think it was an allergic reaction to the product (after testing various products I have now figured out the difference between an initial purge and a reaction). My usual problem area is around the mouth and chin - this also intensified. However... it's been 6 months and my skin is still facing bad breakouts in those 'newer' areas, even though I stopped using AHA Liquid Gold after two weeks... so basically... I went in with hormonal acne and ended up with acne all over my face... all the time instead of monthly... yippee......
So many tears. It's worked for others though so it might be worth the risk... wish I didn't :(
If anyone wants the rest of my bottle I still have it under the sink at home, next to the toilet cleaner!
I have dull skin with hyperpigmentation and after watching/reading amazing reviews about the Alpha-H Liquid Gold I decided to give this a go, even though it's kind of expensive.
I use it every alternative night without using any skincare product afterwards to get the maximum benefit of this product. I noticed that it did sting my skin a little bit but that doesn't bother me much. On top of that I noticed that it has been making my skin really oily. I wake up and my skin is super shiny but that doesn't bother me so much as it seems to be only during the night when I use this product and once I wash my skin it goes back to normal again.
I have been using this product for about 2-3 weeks now and I haven't really noticed that much of a change. Maybe it has made a a little bit of a difference but it's hardly noticeable.
Another thing that bothers me is that this product uses glycolic acid, but it doesn't tell you the % of the acid.
I personally wouldn't buy this product again but maybe someone with more mature skin might benefit from it more. However bear in mind this product is basically just a chemical peel and you can find cheaper ones.
I would recommend checking out skinobsession.com since they have a huge range of different chemical peels.
Alpha H – This is not worth the expensive price tag. I used this at night on its own as recommended to get the best result. It feels and goes on like a toner. I used it with a cotton pad each night. I really wanted to like this and high hopes for it after it has been praised by a Youtube model who mentions it in her videos. I persevered but its been a few months now and my skin doesn’t have any glow or looks or feel any better. If anything, I have small spots appearing on my cheeks and forehead that are not going away. The glycolic makes your skin more susceptible to UV rays. I have a burn on my forehead after the sunshine filled summer we have had. Would I repurchase? – No.
Love love love it! This product really does live up to the hype. My skin is soooooo smooth and radiant. Just brilliant. I actually struggle to see how others could possibly not see any results (from some of the reviews) - it really is amazing! Only thing I haven't really noticed a difference with yet is pigmentation, but I've only been using it for about one month so hopefully ill see results there too.
Genuinely a miracle product- it definitely lives up to its name- both in the sense that its an amazing product, and a bloody expensive one too!if you can afford it- and you're skin does need a bit of a helping hand- buy this!you won't regret it.
I can't say enough good things about the product. Have been using for approx a year now and it's been great. However I did change my cleanser to Cetaphil from Purity cleanser and have suffered very very bad breakouts! Alpha H has helped a little with this as the breakouts are drying out, hopefully as I have switched back to purity my skin will get better faster and Alpha H won't have to be used as much as I'm currently using. I usually use once a week , but with breakouts I've used 3-4 times a week to help clear up skin faster.
I am obsessed with this stuff, and P50. This stuff is fantastic, but I firmly believe that it's a full routine including it that has made the difference for me. Several months ago, I started having horrendous acne. I tried everything, including the full Somme Institute line and Retin-A. My skin kept getting worse. After many, many hours of research I found the perfect routine that has brought my skin back to a pretty flawless glowing state. Here are my steps/rules... it might seem like a lot, but it takes like two minutes and it has worked like a charm:
1a. Double cleanse at night, first with an oil/balm, then with a milk (RMS or Emma Hardie for oil/balm, I like REN or AVEDA Botanical Kinetics for a milk. Sometimes Badescu.)
1b. In the morning, use either a milk, a clay-based cleanser (like Sunday Riley or REN) or Tracie Martyn Amla. I rotate, depending on what I think I need that day.
2a. Biologique Recherche P50. This stuff is the nectar of the gods. I use it twice per day, except for the nights when I use Alpa H.
2b. 2-3 nights per week, I replace P50 with Alpha H. When I do, it's the last step. No serum or moisturizer on top.
3. A good quality antioxidant serum. (Usually just in the morning) Huge fan of Skinceuticals gel. Aesop Parsley Seed is also good.
4. Follow up with a Peptide, a brightening/fading, and a good moisturizing serum. I vary for the peptide, but I ADORE Indeed Labs for Peptabright and Hydraluron. Sometimes I also go in for Tata Harper serum.
5. At night, Sunday Riley oil serum. Sometimes I use REN Omega 3 oil serum. They both smell weird, FYI.
6. Eye cream. At 36, I finally started using a dedicated eye cream... I live and die by Indeed Labs Eysilix
7. A very good quality moisturizer, obvs. I rotate btw Valmont, AVEDA, Kate Somerville Goat Milk, Tata Harper, Aesop... whatever the day seems to call for.
8. La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 45 milk... without fail.
Biggest rules: Drink more water than you ever thought possible. Take a really good quality fish oil. Fermented ones are best. Eat a balanced diet with lots of fresh food. Do NOT USE ANY MINERAL OIL. I banished it from everything I use. Mineral oil sits on the skin creating a kind of 'veil' which is great for short-term makeup needs, but terrible in the long run for skin. This is why makeup artists tend to love it, and estheticians tend to hate it. (Generalizing, and just my opinion.)
And then I use various masks a few times per week... an oxygenating one, Biologique Rechere Masque Vivant (which smells like you would not believe), a clay mask, a moisturizing mask... whatever. I just slap them on while I watch tv or something.
Anyway, this turned into quite a rant, but that's how I rehabilitated my skin from having a full on zit-beard and having to wear tons of makeup to having smooth, clear, glowing and firm skin in like 4 months. A significant investment of money, but in my mind totally worth it. Also, I no longer use any prescription meds, as I found Retin-A and Finacea to both burn me to a crisp, no matter what I do.
This was supposed to be about Alpha-H, so let me wrap it up: I found that when I added the Alpha-H step (and the Masque Vivant) I really started to see results. Just a word of warning... if you jump into this, you WILL have a ton of purging for a while. My dermatologist was explicit: once pores are clogged or congested, there's only one way to clear them... it has to come OUT. So it sucked for a while, but I stuck with it and here I am.
Live long and prosper, people. (But probably you won't prosper financially if you buy all of this stuff.)
I have been using it for a year now and I cannot believe how much better my skin looks and feels since I started to use liquid Gold! I use it probably 4 times per week and although I have never had acne I my skin reacts to almost everything and used to breaks out here and there. For a year now I have had basically no breakouts. My skin feels more even, looks radiant and healthy. Most days I don't even have to wear any makeup. I always use SPF during the day time (either Chanel SPF 50 or La Mer SPF 30 or LP day cream that contains SPF 30) also when there is no Sun, when I do not use Liquid Gold I now use Omorovicza night cream or do an overnight treatment to hydrate my skin. I cannot imagine not having Liquid Gold in my skincare routine. I feel the bottle lasts for quite some time and is very reasonably priced.
After a recent break out of deep hormonal acne, together with more superficial spots, a few rounds with this in the evening every couple of nights really made a difference the following morning. The inflammation went down a little more each time, and the spots were far less furious looking and sore. It's been a real god send these past few weeks when I've been trying to bring some skin nasties under control. This is my new Must Have, HG product.
I don't think this product is as amazing as everyone thinks. It is a chemical exfoliant (in case you aren't aware of what this is, a normal exfoliant has bead like particles in it and usually salicylic and/or glycolic acids which are fruit acids basically, and you use it to scrub away at your dead skin cells and unblock pores.
A chemical exfoliant is an exfoliant you apply as a liquid or mask and leave on for either a short amount of time or over night while acids rather eat away at the dead skin cells so you don't have to scrub at your skin and damage it!)
Alpha H Liquid gold is a liquid formula that's best applied sparingly on a cotton swab, avoiding the eye area and is supposed to be left on all night, and used on bare skin after cleansing with no moisturiser on top (this makes product work more effectively apparently). It does exfoliate skin effectively and I do see results from it when I use it accordingly (which I haven't been doing recently), I almost feel like it's quite good at reducing/keeping blemishes at bay, but I don't feel like it's enough for my skin. I use it maybe twice a week as well as my Clarasonic Mia once a week, and I feel like I still need a normal exfoliator once a week to keep my skin from looking dull. It can also be quite harsh (according to some people but my skin isn't too sensitive so I've had no problems with it personally), it feels very tingly when applied on its own onto skin which I'm not sure whether I like or dislike this!, overall, its efficient and worth the money ($50 AUD), but I kind of don't understand the amazing hype around it! It didn't make my skin astonishingly clear and glowy and amazing and what not, I also don't like the packaging very much, kind of bulky and unattractive, and the lid spills a little bit of product around the edges which annoys me sometimes. I think everyone should own a chemical exfoliator, though. This is the first one I've tried (been using it for about 5 months). I only wouldn't re purchase though because I want to try to REN one next!