Alpha Hydrox • 10% AHA Gel • Treatments (Face)

rated 4.0(217 reviews)

Average Rating.4.0
Would buy this product again.77%

rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* rickisyed on 6/14/2011 9:24:00 AM more reviews by rickisyed

Age: 25-29   Skin: Very Oily, Tan, Warm   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Brown    

I have very oily acneic skin but I also have sensitive skin. I have to find products that are tough on acne but gentle on the skin. This is a major issue for me. I have been using this gel for several weeks now, and ooohh, this can really sting at times, but it does help me with the texture of my skin (bumps), exfoliation, reducing scarring and most importantly cystic acne. I wake up with clear skin!!! however it is doing a number on my sensitive areas of my face, Im really torn on this product because where my face burns and stings, Im using hydrocortisone cream to bring down the redness. I only use this gel 2 times a week, and used in conjunction with ah's lightening gel (as spot treatment), has made my reduced my discoloration by 80% during these two weeks, no joke!. On the days I dont use this product, I use clinique's dramatically different gel. Besides I used to use Proactiv every single day and i successfully used it for 3 years until it recently stopped working, even several rounds of birthcontrol is not helping my skin. Im really torn on this product. I recently went to Ah's website and ordered the sensitive skin 8% ah cream. I will update my review if that suits my skin better than this 10% gel. So my conclusion its a great product, it stings like high hell. This needs to be buffered with something. I got this at ulta $11 minus coupons.

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rated 5 of 5 inkonapin on 5/10/2011 10:15:00 AM more reviews by inkonapin

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium   Eyes: Blue    

I have been using this for 2 months now and am very pleased. I purchased this because I got a sample of Ole Henriksen's night gel, and liked it but wanted to try something less pricey. I am so glad I found this.

I started using this 2x a day almost immediately. If I ever noticed irritation, I backed off to 1x a day, but to be honest this has been pretty gentle. I added the 14% wipes to use as an extra boost at night sometimes. They both work great.

Prior to this, I was using a daily moisturizer and benzoyl peroxide sometimes. The odd thing is, since I started using the AH gel, I don't want to use a moisturizer. I have to force myself to use it because it has a sunscreen, which you really need to use with AH products. The areas of dryness I had before are gone now because of the AH gel. Not a benefit I was expecting!

I am always worried a new product will clog my pores or irritate my skin, especially when other reviewers report this happened to them. I am so glad I tried this anyway since it is working better than anything I've tried. The last time I was really excited about a new regimen, I was using Philosophy's Microdelivery Peel 2-step exfoliating mask every time I showered. It worked very well at first but eventually not so much. This is far better and much more affordable.

UPDATE 7/11/11: I am now using the 12% souffle during the day instead of this. Love the extra oomph from the souffle, and still no breakouts. Gel is still a great product.

EDIT: December 2014: I had to stop using all Alpha-Hydrox products after I developed a sensitivity. I used these products for about three years, realizing earlier this year that the small acne bumps all over my face were actually being caused by this regimen. I purchased all my AH products direct from the company during their great sales (you should get on their mailing list if you like them!). It is possible that my AH products (since I bought several at a time) were a little old and that might be related to the sensitivity thing. In any case, I find that over time, most products stop being effective for me. I am not too disappointed, this regimen became a but harsh on my skin.

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rated 5 of 5 kmcartcart on 5/8/2011 10:14:00 AM more reviews by kmcartcart

Age: 19-24   Skin: Other   Hair: Other   Eyes: Other    

As far as I'm concerned, this stuff is an absolute miracle worker. I have never used a product before that gave me such immediate and noticeable positive results. The morning after I began to use it my pores, which I have long since accepted would always be big and full of blackheads on my nose, were smaller. After a week, they got even smaller and my blackheads were much less noticeable. I also noticed an improvement in some lines on my forehead and in overall skin quality. The best part is that it doesn't seem to dry my skin out much. I use it at night and wake up with soft, clear skin.

This combined with a few other products has given me nearly perfect skin. After years of constantly dealing with one or two heinous blemishes at a time, I never thought that it was possible for me to have a good complexion. Now I spend a minute or two smiling at myself in the mirror every morning and night because I can't believe how even and clear my skin is. I 100% recommend adding an AHA product to your skin regime, although I do think that I'll try's AHA product next due to some of the recommendations on this site.

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rated 5 of 5 Chocolatedog on 1/17/2011 7:58:00 PM more reviews by Chocolatedog

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral   Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse   Eyes: Hazel    

I love this stuff. I use it twice a day after cleansing, wait 10 minutes and then apply oil free lotion. My face has never looked better. When I first started it I had some mild tingling and redness on my chin area, but after a few days it didn't happen anymore. I think that this has helped regulate the oil on my face, I don't seem to get nearly as oily as I used to. I also find that it helps minimize pimples and heal them quicker.

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rated 5 of 5 moonxxriver on 1/13/2011 4:16:00 PM more reviews by moonxxriver

Age: 19-24   Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Cool   Hair: Brunette, Straight   Eyes: Hazel    

While I normally would wait longer to review a product..I'm already loving this product so much that I had to write a review now. I bought this at Ulta about 2 weeks ago and I LOVE it. Obviously I haven't had any dramatic results yet but I've already noticed some fading in acne scars that I've had for years!!! My scars aren't very severe, but have always been noticeable enough that I have to use extra coverage foundation, plus concealer to cover it up and sometimes that still doesn't cut it. I use this every night after cleansing my face and using an ACV toner. I take time to gentle massage it into my skin. Then I wait about 20 minutes to fully let it sink in before I apply a moisturizer. The texture and color of my skin is already improving. I was kind of nervous because I've never used AHAs on my skin, and I've heard that it's really harsh for some people. This does not irritate my skin at all. You should be sure to use sun screen if you use this though, because it will make you more sensitive to sunlight. Some people complain about the packaging, but I see nothing wrong with it. I love this stuff and I will keep repurchasing because in my opinion, this is a fair price for this stuff. I'd still buy it if it costed more.

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rated 1 of 5 shhchelle on 12/20/2010 1:16:00 AM more reviews by shhchelle

Age: 19-24   Skin: Normal   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Brown    

After all the raves about this product, I decided to give it a try to get my acne under control. It only aggravated it and I developed big, red, bumps (cysts) that I thought was due to "purging." But this hurts, and it's been a few days. I also think the alpha hydrox foaming cleanser has to do with my new issues....I am stopping both immediately. I agree, this is oil-free but the sea kelp extract is very clogging and sticky. Do not buy!

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rated 5 of 5 BavSnob on 11/18/2010 7:47:00 PM more reviews by BavSnob

Age: 25-29   Skin: Dry, Fair   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Blue    

It's about time I reviewed this product. I have been using this on and off for years... recently my skin has been reacting to something, who knows what. Maybe my skin is reacting to the change in weather, maybe my trusty moisturizer isn't so trusty anymore, or maybe my skin is simply changing as I get older. I was getting strange small whiteheads here and there, they would spring up in the day (or over night) and disappear within a couple days. Either way, not cool, and I had to do something about it. I remembered how well my skin responded to AHAs, so I ordered this, the 10% lotion, AND the 14% swipes. I use the gel l in the morning under my moisturizer/sunscreen. I was using the lotion at night, and the swipes just once a week. Well yes, I dried out my skin a little too much with all the glycolic acid, but I kicked the problem skin to the curb and now my face is glowy and so smooth. Using the gel at night and under moisturizer is perfect maintenance now that I'm under control. I now use the lotion on my arms at night and still use the swipes once a week.
The price is right, packaging sometimes is hard to get your desired amount out of without taking too much, and the product itself is fantastic. It always gets my skin into shape, definitely a keeper!

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rated 2 of 5 kmcool2007 on 10/10/2010 2:10:00 PM more reviews by kmcool2007

Age: 19-24   Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm   Hair: Brunette, Straight   Eyes: Brown    

I have acne prone, oily, dehydrated skin. I do NOT have sensitive skin and I rarely break out from products. This product, however, caused horrible cystic acne that would not go away. Even if this was the "purging" process, it was not worth it in my opinion. I used it for one month.

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rated 5 of 5 maureenheather on 8/19/2010 10:53:00 AM more reviews by maureenheather

Age: 44-55   Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral   Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium   Eyes: Brown    

Update 1/26/11: For the last two months, even though I loved the 10% gel, I switched to the 12% souffle thinking that more glycolic acid would be better. Big mistake. I like the texture of the souffle, but over time it seemed like all the improvements from the 10% gel were being undone. I was seeing more redness and just generally poor skin texture. So a few days ago I switched back to the 10% gel and already my skin is looking better-- redness is drastically toned down. I'm not sure if the souffle was too much glycolic for me or the base ingredients disagreed with my skin-- from reading the souffle reviews, I'm inclined to think the latter. So if the 10% gel works really well for you, I wouldn't bother getting the souffle, just stick with a good thing!

Original Review: Fantastic product. Has smoothed out my skin unbelievably. Honestly I can't even believe how well it works. It has slightly faded my acne scars and sunspots, but more noticeably has make an incredible difference in the texture and overall tone of my skin. I also think it's doing something to ward off breakouts, because I've been using it about a month and for the last two weeks have not gotten a single pimple, even during my period (usually I get cystic acne on my chin during that time). Will keep using this till they stop making it.

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rated 5 of 5 Ryleen on 6/29/2010 8:15:00 PM more reviews by Ryleen

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium   Eyes: Hazel    

Love this. Keeps my skin soft and under control. Works better than any spot treatment I've used. I think I've found my HG....

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