Alpha Hydrox • 10% Enhanced Cream • Moisturizers
|Would buy this product again.||79%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
First of all let me start by describing my skin: oily, large pores, VERY sensitive (sometimes I can only use water to wash my face or it burns like hell), VERY acne prone including inch deep pitted scarring. Ok, i've tried every cream and pill for my acne except accutane because it is toxic, and i have other health problems including endometriosis which makes my acne cystic and stubborn as hell, I recently (about 5 weeks ago) had a sciton 400 micro laser peel for my acne scars which is the mother of all lasers for acne scarring (check out pics online if you don't believe me :p any who, after my skin was mostly recovered from looking like burnt bacon, i had terrible dark pigmentation around the area of the laser treatment because i picked at the skin while it was healing (oops). I tried just about everything for the pigmentation and was about to give up when i found this product on amazon, it had great reviews so despite being nervous about the somewhat high AHA concentration and how it would react to my skin i gave it a try. WONDER OF ALL WONDERS! 2 weeks later, the pigmentation is improving and the annoying tiny bumps from leftover acne are almost gone :D I heard another reviewer say that it took her 2 months to see results so although i have a while to go my pigmentation is much easier to cover with makeup now than ever. the only downside is that i had to cut down using this once a day from twice a day because this product caused mild irritation and itching which i solved by putting on a mild moisturizer over the Alpha Hydrox cream. All i have left to say after this entirely long speech is Alpha Hydroxy, praise be to you. You have saved my face.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Wanted to love this cream so badly. Apparently my dumb skin had other plans. It burnt like holy fire and made my skin turn bright red and swollen. I talked my husband into trying this despite the war it made on my face and it works really well for him. Cleared up any acne he had and kept that oil slick of face in check. Didn't even tingle or sting him at all. So I say if you don't have sensitive skin whatsoever give it a try otherwise AVOID like the plague!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Grey
first of all i have to say that i waited 2 month before writing this review because i wanted to be as objective as i can. I absolutely love this product. I always had beautiful skin and then last november after some dramatic events in my life i started getting some minor acne on my face. first they were minor, then mild, then moderate to heave and then 1 moth later i ended up w cystic acne on my cheeks, forehead and neck. i became depressed and did not want to leave the house, i had to put heavy foundation on and it could not hide all the acne spots i had. from being a woman who turn heads walking down the street i became a person w a low self esteem constantly trying to cover my face w my hair. i tried everything. i eat very healthy, go to the gym once a day, do not smoke and take care of myself. nothing would help my skin, i drank antibiotics, bought proactive, did not use any make up unless i had to leave the house and in the time seeing myself in the mirror became more and more painful. i had horrible hard bumps EVERYWHERE under my skin and red spots that would not leave for months. finally i got some retin'a micro that helped to bring my cystic acne to a head, but even using it for 4 month it did not fix my appearance. my skin felt smooth to the touch and i did not have painful bumps under my skin anymore but i had just as much new acne and red spots. every morning i would wake up to see 3 new pimples on my face, my cheeks were painful to look at. finally i read an article about glycolic acid and i decided to purchase Alpha hydrox products. i got 10 percent cream, 10 percent toner and a cleanser. i stoped using retin A micro completely.
packaging is ok. it is pretty cheap looking but thats what keeps the price cheap too. i go through a jar every month because i use it for my neck, hands and face twice a day. price is amazing. when my local tj max had it, i purchased a year supply, i swear. they were charging 7 dollars per jar. crazy cheap. so the very first morning after i tried cream i woke up and i swear i could see the difference!!! it was not "i think it kinda looks better, because i hope for a miracle" reaction, i woke up, looked in the mirror and said OMG. red spots i had on my cheeked faded significantly over night. i mean, they still were there and they were unattractive but instead of being bright red they were actually pink. and i did not get one pimple overnight. my skin felt nice and firm and i did not get any shine during the day like i normally do. i kept using the cream and 4 days later my girlfriend noticed that my skin looked better, i did not say anything. but i kept using it. and besides my face i started using it on my neck and my hands. one night i put cream on my hands and put soft gloves on and i could see the difference the next morning. after a month of using cream i was able to walk around the house without make up and looking in the mirror w a smile. now, 2 month later, my acne scars r all faded. i still have one little red spot but i can see it is going away very fast and i do not get any pimples. one time i had a pizza night with my friends and drank a lot of alcohol and went to bed late, i got one tiny pimple in the morning and it was gone 2 days later.
i think this is the longest review i have ever written. so sorry for that. but i am in LOVE with this product. i ll keep using it. i recommended it to 3 of my girlfriends and they all love it. i understand that it does miracles for my skin and i am so happy i finally found one product that fits me so well. maybe it will not work just as good for you but for 10 dolars i would give it a try!!!!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Other Eyes: Brown
Used half of the tub until I realized it was breaking me out. At first, it started out great. My hyperpigmentation was fading at a quicker rate than usual and it was great for exfoliation. Keep in mind, I used this every night. I didn't experience any purging as my skin has tolerated AHAs before. I have mild acne, the occasional pimple, and mostly clogged pores. This helped with hyperpigmentation only. Pit scars and other deeper scars will still be there.
I discontinued it because I was developing cystic pimples on my forehead. I tried limiting it to every other day and every other2-3 days. And I still get these cysts. Once I stopped, it never came back.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Black, Medium Eyes: Brown
This moisturizer is the only product that has ever been able to control the oil production of my face! I have large pores and combination skin which is very acne-prone and often breaks out in tiny red bumps.
At first I started using Giorgio Armani youth regenerator serum in the mornings because I thought it would keep my face matte during the day, and used this AH 10% creme at night to conserve the (expensive) GA serum. Then I noticed that when I woke up in the mornings, my skin felt smooth, soft and looked great – no reddish breakouts, and it was more matte than it had ever been! If I didn't wash my face, I could go straight to work looking fantastic!
So I started using this AH creme both day and night for the past 2 weeks. Whether I use it alone or under my Facefabric foundation, my skin produces maybe half the oil it usually does – so instead of a gleaming oilslick, I have more of a youthful shimmer. I'm going to keep testing to see if this changes over the next few months, but tentatively – I'm so happy with the results!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm Hair: Other, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
Nope. After one week of this stinky cream, my face had become a hellish, nightmare landscape of cystic acne. I'm confident this cream was the culprit because I changed nothing else in my routine, and the breakout subsided after I stopped. A lot of people talk about "purging" but I'm not going to stick with any product that wrecks my skin the way this one did. Ain't nobody got time for that.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
It smells really not good but I can accept its smell in a short time.
Well, how to comment it..
It might be the first product which is effective for me.
But my cheeks are too sensitive to afford PH4...sometimes it burns my cheeks...
Most of the time it can always be used in my forehead and nose...
But it is good, actually. When my sensitive skin is improved better, I will buy it again.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
This product smells like semen, chlorine, or bleach... It smells really bad. I gag each time I put this on my face... it takes about 5 minutes for the smell to dissipate. If you can handle that type of scent, then this cream is worth it.. Alpha hydroxy is really good for your skin because of the low pH (pH=4, skin's natural pH is around 5) and it also helps in skin regeneration. Overall, this is a good night cream. I just can't stand the smell...... I won't be repurchasing because of the smell, probably a different one from the same line that is fragrance free.
Age: Unknown Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I want to say love it but fear the skin care gods will hear and I'll be jinxed. Never thought my skin could tolerate anything with "acid" in the name. I have a disease that literally kills off my moisture glands. Jealous yet? Wait, you will be, I no longer produce a natural moisture barrier at all. Told ya. Its not as glam as it sounds actually, and I have had such bad reactions to things, you name it, from not only skin care products, but even new eye glasses, that lasted for months. Itching, burning, bumps,misery and redness.
I cannot tolerate physical exfoliation, can't even use a washcloth to wipe makeup off, so did no exfoliation. I saw great results using an AHA lotion on my body, hoped I could tolerate it on y face but was really scared to. I envisioned my usual reaction of goldfish puffed eyes and red splotchy face.
But I kept hearing this is a holy grail product for over 40 and now that I'm over 40 I felt like for under $10.00 I could always use it on my feet.
I did a patch test on my forehead then jaw and no one died. I used sweet almond oil as a "buffer" under and then took the plunge and applied to the rest of my face. This is my idea of walking on the wild side, changing up my skin-care routine.
To my amazement my skin did not freak out and instead felt calm, soothed. I know. Its been almost a month now during one of the most stressful times ever and did not have access to my usual skin care items which were like a nice but ineffectual doctor; didn't help with any of my problems but at least caused no further harm. I had gotten to a stage of non-irritation but I didn't care for the look of things. The oil cleansing method (ocm) works so well for me my pores were all clear but now empty, read looked large enough to use as storage units. My cheeks still felt somewhat bumpy and red.
But using this it feels calm. It looks calm. It looks clear. It felt itchy around my mouth at first. I was scared wondering "what has my darn vanity gotten me into now?!" But then with more buffer under and a little over, it felt better. In a few days no buffer needed. I can go without makeup and in the very least not scare the horses, (and isn't that the goal really?). When I do wear makeup I need so much less. I had a small vertical scar under one eye which bothered me as the location made it appear like a gasp---wrinkle! Shudders, fans self! But now I can barely see it. My redness is just more a diffused light pink and hardly an issue. My nose pores no longer look like the mission to the moon was faked and actually filmed there. They're not invisible, but they "appear" smaller (and that is the goal really)
I use almond oil to remove my mu, follow with gentle cleanser (since I cannot tolerate wiping off w/cotton rounds, washcloth etc). Apply this cream then wait about an hour and apply more oil to my face. That's it but for something else under my eyes. For day I use an spf 30 cream and a powder with spf 30 too.
I have spilled this, the one con is its not a cream but a runny lotion with no business being in a wide mouth jar. I'm not worried about it being unsanitary, I wash my hands first, but although inexpensive, its wasteful when this spills out so easily. That's the only con in the weeks I've been using it but it would not deter me from using this. I'd love to decant to a pump bottle but not sure if that would change the efficacy or not. Whatever spills on to the sink I rub onto my elbows, works well there too.
A few years ago Nora Ephron wrote a book "I feel Bad About My Neck," I couldn't relate at the time then suddenly I felt a little bad about mine too. Nothing a little scaffolding wouldn't fix. I have used this cream on my neck since I began using it on my face and it shows. I have a really long neck so it was find a fix of some kind or only wear turtelnecks turned all the way up a-la Bazooka Joe;(
I find if I use this daily on my neck its too often, can itch but aside from that initially from my face too, I've had no adverse reactions.
Forgive my blathering but I've got a vat of ineffectual creams so its nice to find a cheapie that works.
Now don't hold me to any of this. Having written this I'm sure I'll awake to boils exactly and ONLY where I've applied this last. I've got the luck of Henry Beamis but i figured if I can get very good results from this given my skin and the vast and varied problems my med condition gives me, maybe others with reactive skin can safely use this too. As always, your mileage may vary and patch test. I will update if I see further improvement or not. Wish me luck!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
This may not be a very helpful review, because I am not seeing "miracle" results like some users but I do feel like my dry, late-40s skin looks better after using this product. Like: It's cheap (like $10 cheap). Dislike: Rounded top of jar makes it hard to stack in my small medicine cabinet; slightly "glue-y" smell to product (it wears off, though). I feel like I am getting similar results from this that I got from a mix of two products previously, so it's saving me a step (and time).