These alpha hydroxy acid products were listed in books that I have read. Over the counter products generally contain concentrations of 3 to 7 percent acid. At this percent there is enough acid to exfoliate the skin. Although some will go up to 20 percent with these you have to be careful.
One other note. There's only one authentic Retin-A and one authentic Renova, And they are available by prescription only.
Listed below are some of the alpha/beta hydroxy acid brands that exfoliate your skin pretty well.
AHA's - Avon,Chamocare,Estee Lauder,Annemarie Borlind. BHA's - Oil of Olay,B. Kamin's, Clinique.
Let's start with alpha hydroxy's that are incorporated into washes. For your daily shower, try Nivea Shower and Bath Skin Renewal Gel. This is a blend of 2 AHA's, lactic and citric, along with chamomile extracts. Next, for your facial washes, Alpha Hydrox Foaming Face Wash by Neoteric Cosmetics,Inc. (1-800-55-ALPHA). Do not use more than twice a day. Some people find that alpha Hydroxy Acids can be a bit irritating, so you may alternate their use with one of the following: Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser or Basis Pure and Simple Extra Gentle Facial Cleanser.
Another important daily regime is shaving that we as men and women do daily. There are several things to remember when we shave. The hairs on our skin can become ingrown. This can be uncomfortabe, so here are a few products to simplify this for you. Exfloiating is key to helping hairs from growing back into the skin. Also, after a bath or shower, apply an alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy gel or lotion such as Oil of Olay's Age Defying Loion. Also,the line from Murad Skin Care works well! Aqua Glycolic Astringent helps straighten hair and can reduce ingrown hair.
Everyday, we wash our hair and our scalps as well. There are several products that are an option for people with dandruff. You can use an alpha hydroxy shampoo once a week, and if you do not experience any irritation, increase usage to twice a week. These hydroxy acid shamppoos will do two things: strip away dirt and retain moisture. MURAD'S ADVANCED SCALP TREATMENT or ABBAS ALPHA HYDROXY HAIR AND BODY CLEANSER. Also, Tea Tree Oil is an herbal antiseptic that many physicians believe may fight bacteria and yeast build up. Alphaworks by ABBA is one that contains Tea Tree Oil and Alpha Hydroxy Acids.
Homemade Alpha Hydroxy Acid
Try these ingredients, mix and match the fruits and liquids to find a mixture that bast suits your skin. These peels contain organic acids that can help soften the appearance of wrinkles, minimize sun spots, age spots and unclog pores. It will not happen over night but over time you will see a difference.
There are many fruits and liquids that you can use to make your own homemade alpha hydroxy acids. Fruits that are good are apple, grape, grapefruit, lemon, mango, orange, pear, pineapple, and tomato. Some liquids are aged milk, butter milk and yogurt.
The simplest way is to peel, or core and mash the fruit and apply to your face. If you use the juice from the fruit, massage it into the skin. Eather way leave it on for about 10 minutes. Depending on the fruit you may want to only go 5 minutes the first time. Reise with cool water.
Also these can be made into a Homemade Alpha Hydroxy Acid Mask. All you need to do is add 1 to 2 tablespoons of clayto the mashed fruit. If your skin is dry, add a few drops of honey or olive oil to the mixture.
You can get these clays at Mountain Rose Herbs.
French Green clay, Fuller's Earth clay, Rhassoul clay, White Cosmetic clay.
See which clay is right for you from their great descriptions.
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