Fragrance-free and dye-free. Approximate pH 4.0 - 4.1.
For the face: From Dan: "I have always kept some glycolic acid (a.k.a. alpha hydroxy acid or AHA) around as a secret weapon. This is how I describe what it does: The Regimen will get you completely clear. Adding in glycolic acid will take clear to perfect.”
When to start with Glycolic Acid: Perform The Regimen for a month before starting with Acne.org AHA+. Wait until your skin becomes accustomed to benzoyl peroxide. If you use it sooner than this it may sting badly. When you are ready to use it, you can either replace your nightly moisturizer with AHA+ 2-3 times a week or dispense 1/2 AHA+ and 1/2 Moisturizer into your palm, mix, and apply every evening. You should notice your skin looking better and more even-toned and will undoubtedly get some compliments.
For the body: Acne.org AHA+ works alongside benzoyl peroxide to completely clear body acne. See The Body Regimen for instructions.
As a spot treatment: If you see a zit forming, apply 2.5% benzoyl peroxide and allow it to dry, then apply AHA+. Many people find that this prevents the zit from maturing. Keep in mind that the way this works best is if you catch it very early.
To combat irritation: When anything rubs against the skin repeatedly, such as a chin strap or helmet, it irritates the skin and can cause a breakout. Attempt to avoid or reduce irritation when possible. However, if you do end up irritating your skin, try applying AHA+ after your next Regimen application. This can help prevent an irritation-induced acne flare up.
What is licochalcone?
Licochalcone gives this product its characteristic yellow color. It is a highly distilled and potent extract of a species of licorice root well known for powerfully calming the skin. It is especially beneficial on acne-prone skin which tends to be sensitive and irritated. Licochalcone is included in AHA+ at the ideal efficacious amount (.1%) and not simply for "label claim." If you suspect you may be allergic to licorice root, patch test your skin by applying some AHA+ to your inner elbow for 2 days before applying to the face.
Note: To avoid staining light colored clothing, allow AHA+ to absorb for 30 seconds or so before dressing.
SUNBURN ALERT: Any alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen and limit sun exposure while using AHA and for a week after discontinuing its use.
Please see the Acne.org AHA+ FAQs for answers to frequently asked questions.
How many do I need per month?
|For the face only: about one third of a tube||For the body: about two tubes|
Uses of Glycolic Acid
*Note: Use AHA+ only every 2-3 days at full strength, or dilute it 1/2 and 1/2 with moisturizer if using every day.