Alpha Hydrox Skin Treatment System
Launched in 1992, the Alpha Hydrox skin treatment system was one of the first to provide over-the-counter products containing alpha hydroxy acid. At the time, the products were expected to revolutionize the anti-aging market because they were effective and offered at a low price. Today they're still one of the most inexpensive products available and they still rely on the action of exfoliants to prevent and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Alpha Hydrox is the name of a line of anti-wrinkle skin care products that contain alpha hydroxy acid, and that are made by Neoteric Cosmetics, Inc. in Denver, Colorado.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) can be derived from sugar cane (glycolic acid), sour milk (lactic acid), apples (malic acid), citrus fruits (citric acid) and grape wine (tartaric acid). The AHAs in cosmetics are usually glycolic acid because it's absorbed into the skin better than the others. The AHAs are exfoliants that remove dead cells from the skin's surface, helping new growth to come through and improving the skin's appearance in the process. AHAs also stimulate the production of hyaluronic acid, which helps hydrate the skin.
The Alpha Hydrox skin treatment program includes five different lines that target blemish and problem-prone skin, facial care, men's skin care, sensitive skin (called the White Line) and a group of products for bath and body. Alpha Hydrox products provide complete skin care including cleansers, moisturizers, night cream, eye and upper lip cream, astringents, blemish care, wipes for gentle microabrasion, skin lighteners and a retinol product.
Be sure to read the product specifications to see which type of AHA is used, its concentration and other beneficial ingredients in individual products. Some of the products contain 8 percent AHA, others have 10 percent and the Swipes contain 14 percent. The type of glycolic acid also differs from one product to the next, so you can find glycolic, lactic and citric acids. Some of the moisturizers contain sun protection; others don't. Oil-free moisturizers are available in the men's and problem-skin lines. The active ingredient in the blemish solution is salicylic acid, which is a beta hydroxy acid. The products are soap-free, fragrance-free and enriched with different ingredients such as vitamins and soy. The skin care line also includes an oxygenated moisturizer that contains no AHAs.
AHAs can cause irritation, so to ensure consumer safety, the FDA advises using products containing an AHA concentration of 10 percent or less. Neoteric Cosmetics, Inc. states that tingling, stinging, slight pinkness and peeling are normal as AHA exfoliants loosen dead skin cells. However, burning, itching or excessive redness indicate that your skin may be too sensitive or they may be signs of an allergic reaction. If this happens, immediately stop using Alpha Hydrox products. The FDA also warns that AHAs increase the skin's sensitivity to the sun, so you should always wear sun protection if you're applying skin products with AHAs.
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