After going through 3 tubes of Alpha Hydrox 10% AHA Anti-Wrinkle Treatment Oil Free Formula I decided to try another product from their line because I was very impressed by the results. I chose the lotion formula as I did find the Oil Free version to be drying and I always had to apply a moisturizer over top, plus being winter now my skin just loves to get drier and drier. Overall I think this lotion is fantastic! Actually gently exfoliates my skin, keeps dry patches away, and is quite moisturizing that I don't need to apply another product over top to hydrate my skin. Definitely a keeper and repurchase item!
I pick up a few of these whenever T.J. Maxx has a sale on them. I use it a few times a week before I put on my moisturizer at night. I use acne.org's treatment and this because it's cheaper than what they sell on the website.
Many thanks to all the women who reviewed this product! I bought it based off the great reviews it got! I'm dealing with tons of stress and hormonal changes and this miracle lotion is keeping my skin from freaking out more than it already has! I recently purchased the Nourishing Cleanser and I love it in combination with the lotion! Also, the price is so good that I use it on my "chicken skin" arms! Thanks, ladies!
I have been using this for years and it works. I just turned 65 so I know. Whenever I get lazy and don't use it for a while, I can really see the difference. Wrinkles and crepyness are better, skin is brighter and clearer. I have read that the only products that really improve aging skin are the retinols (vitamin A) to encourage collagen replacement, and alpha or beta hydrox acids for exfoliation. I have recently added ROC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream for the Retinol and added to my alpha hydroxy during the day, these two products are really giving me results. I would recommend both. I got the ROC at Costco at a good price, but when I am out, I intend to try Alpha Hydroxy's retinol product since their other products are so good.
Why I stray from this lotion, I don't know other than it entails a trip to Ulta (thus buying more than I need, cause I'm a beauty junkie!). I've used other Glycolic Lotions (MD Forte, DDF, PTR), for the price, this one is the best. The ingredients in it allow the PH to be balanced so the AHA's actually work like they are supposed too. It doesn't smell bad, but it doesn't smell great, but I don't care for synthetic scents in my Face creams anyhow.
I have bad skin, didn't used to. In HS, My skin was porcelain perfect and then my hormones kicked into high gear around age 20 and I've been battling acne ever since. Now I got wrinkles to contend with too. I do not respond well to BHA's at all, so my only alternatives are lactic acid and Glycolics. I go through good spells with my skin but almost always get a hormonalbreakout on my chin area every month. It sucks because just as it is healing, it comes back again. Never ending. I tried the natural route, it worked to some degree and I still use mostly natural products like Jojoba and coconut oil. But I needed something to replace my Tazorac when my insurance runs out in January (Thanks Obamacare! meh...). So I'm going back to a routine that I know has worked in the past and the Alpha-Hydrox is the one thing I know by itself, cleared my skin, healed my acne scars and smoothed out the texture of my skin. It's really amazing stuff and cheap for what it is. 10% is just about right for Normal to slightly tougher skins. Sensitive types may want to try buffering this with a little face oil or go find a lower concentration. I have fairly tough skin from years of acne products, and this still stings a bit when I first start using it. the stinging goes away after about 10 minutes. It's worth it though. It makes my skin as smooth as a baby's bottom. It evens the texture and color of my skin. I started back on this right before Thanksgiving and it's already clearing a terrible breakout I had right before the holidays. Normally I don't heal that fast. It's aggravating to say the least. I am using this with Mario Badescu's Enzyme cleanser which is gentle and leaves my face clean and fresh, then I use PTR's Unwrinkle pads 3x a week., on nights I don't use PTR, I use a Glycolic toner with aloe, let my face dry and then apply this every night. I am not using in during the day if I leave the house. Mainly because it does make my skin sun sensitive even with sunscreen. Please use SPF30+. Even in the winter you can get a sunburn with this stuff.
I will update later in the month with my progress. Right now, I have a lot of Hyper-pigmentation but no active acne. Two large spots that are healing. Some wrinkle on my forehead that I would like to diminish. I plan to photograph my progress using the 4 products I mentioned above and see if I can banish the hormonal acne.
This is constantly being compared to Acne.org's AHA+ treatment. I've used both and I find this one to be inferior to AHA+ treatment. This lotion is white and it stays white when you rub it on the skin. It takes time for it to sink in. And i don't see the results as fast as AHA+ treatment. I prefer AHA+ since it has licorice extract to lighten skin's pigmentations.
I use this moisturizer every night. I love it...it helps my acne and it is fading my acne scars. It stings a little when you put it on, but it fades fast and is totally worth it. I love it!
I read the reviews on this and decided to purchase it. Since puberty i have been plagued with acne and dark spots. I am black, so that enhances the discoloration. I waited two months to write a review. I have to say this product is amazing. The only product that has gotten my skin this clear is accutane and that was after 7 months of use. I use this with the alpha hydrox face wash in the morning and I use tazorac 0.05 cream at night. I started the tazorac about 4 months ago and it has helped bring up the acne, but not so much with the dark spots and pore refining. Since adding alpha hydrox the acne is gone, darks spots have faded, my pores are small, and my skin is soft. I also use a sunscreen on top of it in the morning. Very important. I use the pro activ sunscreen because it lightest sunscreen for oily skin. THe product have not reduced the amount of oil on my skin, but since I now have clear skin, the oil is now more of a glow. I will for ever use this product. The first three days it mildly stung but went away after 10 minutes so hang there. YOu can use a cold wash cloth to soothe your face if need be. This product might bring up new acne, but that is not reason to trash it. Hang in there and let it work. You can spot treat the new acne with benzoyl peroxide to get rid of it faster. Do not write a review after 1 week of use. Another thing is that you might need a moisturizer after this. My proactiv suncreen moisturizer is enough now, but during the winter months I might need a dab of cetaphil . This is now my HG.
Update: Every year around Sept -Oct I break out terribly, and it did not fail this year. I finally found out, after 6 years, that my skin likes humidity which is why its so clear in the summer and terrible in the winter. Mid Sept I had developed several new pimples that left several spots on my face. I purchased the humidifier and continued to use Alpha hydrox. The spots are already fading.Some are totally gone. This product is amazing. Some reviewers said that they noticed little pimples cropping up. This was also occuring this me. Its because my normally oily skin was becoming very dry and sensitive due t the weather. This is your body way of saying give me more moisture. I do not get them anymore since I purchased the humidifier and also drink 2 Liters of water per day. Winter is a B**** on my skin.l hope i helped someone with this review. I think I will write a review on humidifiers. LOl
Perhaps I'm impatient but I rarely repurchase a product if the first go round showed no results whatsoever. I read great reviews about this lotion so I bought it in the hopes that it would help me achieve even toned skin all over my body as I some discoloration in parts (knees, elbows, legs, back). I used it daily post-shower & I saw some progress just not sure if it was the lotion or the sulfur soap I used with it. Nevertheless, I've moved on to something better & faster though I would suggest this lotion if you had little discoloration to correct. I never used it on my face so not sure how that would work.
GREAT product! I first started using this on my back for my "bacne". I've suffered with back acne for most of my life, but after using this product, the acne has gone away completely. It's amazing! I'm on my third bottle now. I am now suffering with pretty severe adult acne on my face so I decided to try this on my face as well hoping for the same results. Upon first application, it stung my face like crazy, but this goes away after a few minutes. I only use it at night, and in the morning I notice my skin is considerably smoother and it really controls my acne. I don't think it prevents them, but then again I'd be asking for too much. Great product for the time being.