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Treatments (Face) - Alpha Hydrox - AHA Souffle 12 percent Glycolic AHA

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rated 5 of 5 on 11/24/2013 10:22:00 PM More reviews by thisisnotindy

Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown

Amazing glycolic product! I am 20 so wrinkles aren't a concern for me yet, but my skin reacts really well to daily chemical exfoliation. This leaves my skin glowing and smooth. I use it every night. I live in the midwest and the central air has been drying out my skin. My evening skin routine:

1. shower
2. in the shower I massage sweet almond oil to remove all my makeup and then follow up with Boots cleansing balm for dry/very dry skin (new product for me, works pretty well so far)
3. dry my face
4. cerave moisturizing lotion
5. Alpha Hydrox souffle
6. vaseline/aquaphor to seal in the moisture

It seems like a lot of steps but it takes me about 3 minutes. I'm not sure if I should be waiting for the souffle to dry, but my skin has been liking this routine so I'm not going to change it. Highly recommend!

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rated 5 of 5 on 11/3/2013 11:58:00 PM More reviews by stepdaughter

Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Medium, Not Sure Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown

Whenever my skin starts to act up I would slather a lot of this product then follow up with a moisturizer, it really helps to calm the skin and the spots are reduced a lot by the next day. Amazing product but be careful if you have sensitive skin.

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rated 5 of 5 on 10/13/2013 11:11:00 AM More reviews by susanjane

Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I've tried higher priced glycolic acid products but I keep coming back to AHA souffle. There is nothing better for performance or price. It comes in a tube now which makes it slightly easier to apply and more convenient for travel.

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rated 5 of 5 on 10/1/2013 2:22:00 PM More reviews by Ispania

Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown

I absolutely adore this inexpensive cream!
I have combo skin, more on the oily side in summer and fall and dryish in winter. I have enlarged pores. Pimple here and there. I don't consider myself old, but there are some changes in my skin and I blame my age. I'm in my early thirties and I see that I don't look as fresh as I used before 30. The skin tone is not as healthy as it was even a year ago.
My skin routine is very simple. I use retin cream, cera Ve am and pm moisterizers.
After some research on Benefits of AHA I decided to buy smth not very expensive.
Accidently I came across this brand, which I have never heard before.
I ordered it from dermstore.com 1.6 oz for around 16$, plus free shipping, plus samples.
Since I started to use the souffle I noticed my skin glowing. This is not an oily glow but a very natural and youthful which I didn't have before. It seems to control those pimples that I have sometimes. I think it also unklogged my pores. I also noticed that there are no dry patches on my skin which are not noticable normaly, but when I put make up they become more obvious. I use this souffle in conjunction with retin a creams and these results may be the work of two products. But i am sure this is AHA souffle which makes me glow. Whatever it is retin A and AHA are very beneficial for the skin just don't layer them on top of each other. Use AHa am and retin A pm. In this case they will work for sure.
The cream is not oily, absorbs very quickly, doesn't leave greasy film. At the same time it doesnt dry my skin now but it might in winter.
I use this cream everyday am or pm. If I go outside I use liberally SPF 30 or more.
For some people 12% AHA might be too irritating for everyday. It also can be drying especially if you have dry sensetive skin. In this case I would limit it to 2, 3 times a week and see how it works. As far as I checked Alpha Hydroxy company has
AHA with lower percentage. They also have AHA creams and serums and you can try a cream which will be more moisterizing than the souffle.
I put 5 lippis for package because my cream came in a tube, not a jar.
I wish I knew about this brand sooner. After I run out of this souffle I want to try there 15% AHA lotion which will be even better exfoliant for my skin.
Try it you will not regret at least you wil get that youthfull glow.

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rated 5 of 5 on 9/28/2013 10:49:00 PM More reviews by Lizard31

Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown

Over the years I have used a lot of products from Alpha Hydrox (10% lotion, 10% cream, swipes, 14% serum, 12% soufflé), etc.

When I first tried the 12% soufflé a few years ago, I felt it was a little harsh. I didn't like the jar packaging and the product eventually began to dry up due to nonuse.

Fast forward to now and I decided to give it another shot after seeing the packaging updated to a tube and also after building up a bit of a tolerance to AHAs by using the 10% cream and lotion.

I've been using this for about a month now and I'm very pleased with how smooth my skin is, how my spots have lightened (including some patchiness and spottiness from my last pregnancy) and how much clearer my pores seem. In the morning, all my pesky little forehead bumps are gone.

I use this at night after my Clarisonic and I plan to continue with it. It absorbs more readily than the cream and I have no redness or irritation. I don't use it every night -- I think it's a good idea to have a night off from AHAs every few days and I like to rotate in some of my other favorite products.

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rated 2 of 5 top reviewer on 9/22/2013 5:02:00 PM More reviews by tori497

Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue

UPDATE 11/2013 So now months later, I have to lower my initial rating. At first this worked fine. No issues whatsoever. I was excited it was shrinking my pores noticeably and making my skin softer and a little brighter. Fast forward two months and I have stopped using this all together. Beyond the minimal, initial improvements I have seen NO other positive benefits. When I tried to increase using to twice a day, my skin freaked out. It got super dry and blotchy. When I went back to once a day, nothing (good or bad) happened. For others with more tolerant skin, using twice a day may do wonders. But for me, using once a day is not enough and twice a day too much, no matter how little I used the second time. I wish I was loving this as much as everyone else but I think I am going to "gift" the rest of this to my mom and hope she fares better...

I am two weeks into using this product and so far I am pleased. I bought this hoping to even out my skin tone, fade old acne marks, refine my pores and blur my fine lines. So far this has shown promise in helping these issues. I am new to AHA's so I eased into it by using a small amount, once a day. I did notice a few spots pop up but nothing out of the ordinary; if anything they were far more fleeting than usual. So far I love the texture it gives my skin and the improvement in my skin tone (it's more "glowy" then on it's own).

Acne is not a huge issue for me but I have (had) a small handful of blackheads (gross!) on my nose that have been there for a while. With two weeks' use they are GONE. ALL of them! For that alone, this purchase was well worth it. I found this on Amazon for $11. Even though the picture shows a jar, I got a tube, which I appreciate for portability and hygiene. Today is my first day using morning and night so I am hoping the results will only get better, not worse (updates will come if the latter happens). I think I may have found the missing piece of my skincare routine to take it to the next level.

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rated 3 of 5 top reviewer on 5/26/2013 9:19:00 AM More reviews by Muriel

Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue

This would be perfect for me if it moisturized as well, but unfortunately leaves my face rather tight-feeling. I prefer not to use multiple products, so will leave this for others to enjoy as it is effective, and love Alpha Hydrox the company - great products, great people!
Also, the packaging claims they are cruelty-free, but until they are leapingbunny.org certified, I must be suspicious.

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rated 1 of 5 on 3/28/2013 9:43:00 AM More reviews by mrskittypepper

Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown

After reading all the good reviews on this product I was hopeful it would work for me but it caused me to break out unfortunately. Granted I was not using it for anti-aging effects, I was using it for acne due to the glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is the only thing that helps my acne. I currently use the alpha hydrox face cleanser and the oil free glycolic acid face gel which works wonders for me not to mention the glycolic acid is helping remove acne marks which is an added bonus. I thought maybe the souffl would work well as a night cream since I wanted something more moisturizing at nighttime but after using it I noticed some acne so I stopped using it thinking maybe it was another product and then I started up again only using the souffl and I got acne again, so I sadly had to stop. I also noticed my face less oily after I stopped using it so not only was it causing acne but it also made my face oilier. So now I just use the alpha hydrox gel along with aloe gel at night and thats enough moisturizing. I think if my face was dry or if I had dry aging skin it would maybe work better? However everyones skin works differently. The price was reasonable so I would recommend someone with dry skin or dry and aging skin to give it a try because other people seem to love it, however if you have acne prone oily skin that gets clogged pores easily I would not recommend it, try the alpha hydrox oil free glycolic acid gel instead, it works for me.

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rated 1 of 5 on 3/26/2013 11:32:00 PM More reviews by hiddencat2

Age: 30-35 Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure Hair: Other, Other, Other Eyes: Other

So props to them for finally putting the product in a tube. I bought it to try it out and the morning after I applied it, every pore on my chin and jawline was clogged and itchy. I never break out there so it's definitely not purging. I'm not very acne prone either- I can get away with a lot of potential cloggers. But this was a no go for me.

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 12/2/2012 2:28:00 PM More reviews by suzyqz1970

Age: 36-43 Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue

I have to say kudos to the folks at Alpha Hydrox for this product! For the price, I don't think I've ever used anything else that makes my skin glow like this stuff does. Yes it's a jar and I would prefer it wasn't. Yes, it sometimes stings my skin but I get used to it again. Yes, the smell is a bit funky. More importantly, yes, my skin glows and my pores shrink when I use this regularly. This product seems to make more of a visible difference than my retinol products and for me, that is huge. Everything I use is better when I use this formulation regularly. Moisturizers sink in better, foundation goes on smoother, etc. It has a good concentration of glycolic acid for the price. I have pretty fair skin without a huge amount of sun damage but it's still aging and doesn't turn over cells like it once did. No matter what age I've been, this product has been incredible. When I was younger, it help with lessening the production of oil in my skin and now it helps brighten it up. This product doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles and added ingredients but for a glycolic acide product, I find that to be important. I like the fact that the Alpha Hydrox folks don't tinker a lot with their products. This refines my skin like nothing else and is a lot cheaper than the retinol product I also use and I feel more effective. It is an acid so some stinging may occur but my skin is tough so I don't really mind. It's a small price to pay in my opinion. Once again, just because a product is inexpensive doesn't mean it isn't effective. I'm a label reader and have been for some time and that is what mainly influences what I purchase.

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