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Alpha Hydrox AHA lotion. Here's a link to it: [link].
All of the reviews are about how well it worked for them and how the price increase has made them switch to cheaper alternatives that work just as well, but no one gave any names to the alternatives!
I'm ready to start really getting rid of the PIH on my face. Currently using Melano CC and I love it - it definitely works for the "newer' PIH but some of the ones that have been on my face for years are a bit harder to get rid of.
Also added my AHA back however that is only 1x/week but I haven't been too consistent with it because of traveling.
Currently looking at: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, OST 20/21.5, COSRX Galactomyces 95 White Power Essence, CeraVe PM, The Ordinary Arbutin 2%
I'd love any suggestions on what to try next!
Quick question about product placement: I sometimes incorporate Alpha Hydrox AHA Lotion. Like maybe 2x per month, or when I feel my skin needs it.
I just realized though, that I'm not entirely sure where its supposed to go.
Oil Cleanse with Hada Labo Gokujyun Cleansing Oil
Cerave cleanser for dry skin
BHA Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power
Missha Time Revolution Night Repair...Ampoule Serum
Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion
Alpha Hydrox Retinol Rescue
Sheet mask of the day
Mizon Collagen Power Firming Enriched Cream
I used it tonight and put it on right after the Hada labo lotion. I did this because its a lotion type ingredient, so I went from thinnest product to thickest. However, now I'm second guessing myself because its an active product. Please help me figure out where this goes! Thanks!
>Amazon.co.uk has Mebra Retinol Vitamin A Cream 40ml for £5. You could buy 6 and get free shipping (or a couple and something else you know is good for you).
Retinol is very different to retin-a. It is so weak, that is pretty much useless.
Retin-a isnt really prescribed anymore. It is far too harsh on the skin. People tended to be fine with it for nearly 2 months.Then suddenly one day, your entire face would start to peel off slowly with fresh skin underneath. Americans tend to use glycolic acid instead of Retin-a. I use this one and it is excellenet
Might be a little harsh on sensitive skin. Maybe the hydrating cleanser would be better?
It may be moisturizing enough, just up to your skin.
It's not too potent, but don't use everyday until you've built up to it.
Yes, use before the cream. Use only 2 or 3 times a week at first to see how your skin reacts. In general you can use it everyday if desired. If you want to spend less money, check out Alpha Hydrox AHA Lotion which may be better for your dry skin. Apply a small amount, and use a separate moisturizer on top (like the Neutrogena).
Philosophy: totally fine if you like it!
It's pretty cheap, so why not? For my skin it's a bit drying, so I make sure to splash my face with water right after applying.
I was actually already an AHA user before tretinoin. When I started using tretinoin however, I used it exclusively and abandoned AHA until a few months later when I learned I could use it in conjunction. I never got any irritation with both products. You should probably start with a lower AHA concentration like 8% but not sure about if specific ones are better. The AHA I use is [link] which is 10%.
Forgot about that, guess I will have to keep mixing it every night. Do you know if this works at all or if it is water based?
I jumped straight in at 10% (This Alpha Hydrox lotion). A little tingling and redness when I applied it at first but I use it before I sleep so no problem. My skin is way smoother and better textured than before
Yeah, I think they removed it about six months ago or something.
I've never tried the 8% gel, but I have tried PC's Resist 10% AHA, which is a really thin liquid. It's supposed to be used once up to a few times per week, and I really liked it. Another option is PC's Resist 5% AHA, which also contains 0,5% BHA, but I think it's a more expensive option and I personally prefer a liquid exfoliant.
Alpha Hydrox Lotion with 10% AHA is pretty popular (if you want to try a lotion), but I have never tried it. Good price though! [link]
Is this the one you're talking about? I just found this is my moms house and she said I could have it. Burned your skin visibly? Where is a good starting point for these products, do you think if I put it on after a moisturizer it would be like working my way up to using it straight?
I don't use the oil free one. I didn't realize they made one, although even if I did I probably wouldn't have bought it because its a lot more expensive. But I personally didn't find the one I used ( [link] ) to feel oily or anything, just very smooth and hydrating.
Hey, just wondering if this is the Alpha Hydrox product you mentioned. I've had some bad breakouts lately and I have that product, I've just been nervous to try it cause I'm afraid of purging. Did you have any purging or does it just clear things up right away?
An AHA is an exfoliant! And personally, I like the Alpha Hydrox Lotion. Another exfoliant you can add on is a BHA. Stridex in the red box. But only the red box. The AHA will remove surface dead skin cells and help open the comedones, while the BHA will work through oils and penetrate pores.
Introduce them slowly. One first, and only once every other day or so until your skin adjusts. Wash face, wait about 30 minutes, apply AHA, wait about 20 minutes, then use moisturizer, etc. You might have a purge as they work to unclog your pores and bring all the gunk to the surface, but it will pass after a bit.
You should see decent results in about two months. Make sure you have a good cleansing routine, as that's how you make sure you get rid of all the dead skin the AHA/BHA are exfoliating for you.
Since I'm a little bit tight on money, I'd maybe like something a little cheaper... I'm thinking I might have a PIH-related skin condition, so on my own I found this product: [link]
You think this will help me?
Ordered these four products and am wondering which ones to try first/where to put in my routine:
I have dry/normal skin and am currently working on fading my PIH.
Also trying to sheet mask 4x a week since I'm back on a more regular schedule. I usually do a clay mask once every 2 weeks too.
Any recommendations for introducing Kiku or Cosrx first? I'm guessing Kiku is after Melano/AHA and before Mizon? Where would the galactic mice go?
For PIH and uneven skin tone, an AHA product has helped me a lot. They can make your skin photosensitive, so be sure to wear sunscreen daily. I like Alpha Hydrox and Cosrx
I use their 10% glycolic acid lotion as my moisturizer and regular lotion (for my legs and such - they need a LOT of exfoliating). I also use their 14% AHA "swipes" and I like those as well.
On the super gentle end of the spectrum, the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Pads are 2.8% AHA and are a good place to start. You can find them in most drug stores and in Target.
For more exfoliation, you can ramp up to 10% with Alpha Skin Care AHA Lotion. I'm not sure if you can find them in drugstores, but they're drug store priced. I buy mine through Amazon.
Here's the full list of AHA's recommended from Skincare Addiction.
Oh, and it should be noted that AHA's encourage cell turnover in a way that makes your skin more sensitive to the sun - increasing the risk of burns, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, so make sure to wear sunscreen (which you should be doing anyway).
I would try the 10% lotion!. I know there are 14% (I think) wipes, but those are super harsh on your skin if you haven't used anything before lol. The 12% souffle is also really nice :). There are a bunch of subreddits comparing various Alpha Hydrox products, so I would check those out for a more in depth review.
I think I may have some goodies you'd be interested in! A few I saw on your wishlist. I also have Alpha Hydrox AHA Enhanced Lotion not pictured too. I'm interested in your Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream in light, and live in Canada (BC). Also looking for limecrime lippies if you have any that aren't listed yet! All my goodies I've got for swaps are here
For skin texture and tone, I recommend Alpha Hydrox
HALP. Apologies for my unnecessarily long request for a regimen critique. Overwhelmed as I try to learn about pH balance, oleic/linoleic, ingredients, emollients, emulsifiers, and generally learning how to not have the shit skin of a 16 year old at 32.
Background: oily t-zone/flaky/scaly/dehydrated atm. Some cystic acne, but primarily papules/pustules for the last 20 years. Most recently, concentrated along my jaw, sides of my neck, either side of my chin, and behind my ears (WTF). This = hormonal, right?
Missing: Thinking of adding this DIY Vitamin C serum and this Alpha Hydrox AHA Enhanced Lotion - good/bad idea? Use these in lieu of something I'm currently using?
So, um, your turn. Thanks in advance.
You might want to consider switching to Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser - Foaming Formula instead of a hydrating cleanser if you're producing so much oil.
It seems like you're severely over-hydrating your skin. You only need to do a bit of moisturizing, not a ton, if you have oily skin. Only people with dehydrated/dry skin need heavy moisturizing cleansers and sunscreens like you're using.
For the closed pores and sun damage, you might think of adding BHA/AHAs. Salicylic acid and glycolic acid. They'll exfoliate dead skin and unclog your pores, even your skin texture out a bit. Perhaps help with some of the issues you're unhappy with regarding the sun damage. Stridex in the red box for the BHA, and I like Alpha Hydrox products, personally for AHAs. They work well.
If you're suffering from sun spots and PIH, vitamin C serum can help lighten and even out those as well.
Start slowly with these things. BHA/AHAs are a good place to start. They're simple and effective. Try introducing one every other day or every two days at first, and eventually work up to once a day, then introduce the other. It will take a couple of months to see clear results. Once you have that routine down, if you want more results, come back and ask what to do next!
Looks like acne. Zinc soap cleared my bacne. If yours is really stubborn, a 1-2 punch of antibacterial zinc soap plus AHA exfoliation should do it.
There's also an oil-free Alpha Hydrox, depending on your skin type, but the bottle is smaller.
I generally refuse to use "body" specific products on my face, having heard horror stories about AmLactin (it says right on there it's meant for your body and not your face). There are tons of Alpha Hydrox products for the face like this lotion or the cream or the souffle. There are always people saying that they contain the same ingredients, and they DO, but the order of the ingredients is different and that can be very, very important. The skin on your face is not necessarily the same in terms of reactions as the rest of your body. At least, mine isn't!
Yah. You can check the beauty pedia to confirm. Here [link] is an aha lotion that is the correct ph
Okay, thanks. Sorry, I am kind of a laymen when it comes to skin products. I am totally clueless as to what certain ingredients do for the skin.
So for the Vitamin C serums do you recommend concentrations that are 20%? Or would a higher concentration be better for attacking sunspots (30%, 40%, 50%, etc....) Also when you say Indeed Labs are you referring to this product:
Also for the Peter Thomas product you suggested I found it a little bit to be too pricey. I mean if it works good then I will definitely buy it. But there is no guarantee and if it ends up not working I don't want to end up wasting $40 - $60 bucks.
Do you think this APA will be good for attacking sunspots:
It is a little less pricey than the Peter Thomas product and has pretty decent reviews I think.
i just bought this AHA lotion after reading some really glowing reviews on makeupalley (4.3/5 i believe). it's inexpensive and is supposed to be an amazing chemical exfoliant. i just used it for the first time last night and i could feel it tingle, which i like because it makes me think it's working. just a thought, since it looks like you've pretty much got all your other bases covered. make sure to wear some sunscreen if you apply in the AM!