Anti-Aging and Wrinkles: 4 Glycolics and Alpha Hydroxy and Beta Hydroxy Acids

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  • Glycolic skin cream for anti-aging
    Glycolix Facial Cream 10%, 15%, and 20%
    Topix
    $31.00

    Size: 1.6 oz

    Who It's For

    See above - depends on the strength.  Some with sensitive skin will still get irritated even with the 10% so try cautiously at first if you are.  Unscented. 

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    Glycolic creams are still an excellent way to achieve results ........and especially if you consider their price point, which is  lower than other anti-aging products and some acne products.  The trick is to get a good formulation and know how to use them. Start with the 10% and work up slowly.

    10% -  helps with sun damage on the neck and chest, great for more sensitive skin, with acne especially on other acne meds, and I use at night once a week or so as a break from retinoids

    15%  -  See above, If you have no problems with the 10%, try going up to this.  Also, excellent for dry areas on the body like the lower legs. 

    20%  -  If you have very oily skin, this may be the right one for you.  This also works super well for men who get the ingrown hairs with shaving (use nightly - NOT after shaving).  Great on the body (not for neck and chest in women) for those extra dry areas.

    How to Use

    Generally start lower and work up.

    Ingredients

    Purified Water, Glycolic Acid, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ammonium Hydroxide, Cyclomethicone, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium PCA, Green Tea Extract, Aloe Vera, Mucopolysaccharides, Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Laureth-7, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea. 6/2/09

  • Glycolic antiaging night wrinkle cream
    GlyPro Renewal Cream
    SkinMedica
    $89.00

    Size: 2 oz

    Who It's For

    Those who love that "glow" that comes with great antiaging products. Okay for all skin types.  Men love this product also. 

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    This is the old Vivite Night Renewal Facial Cream, but SkinMedica bought Vivite and tweaked the Night Renewal Cream just a bit.  A 20% glycolic night cream. I have to confess I was originally skeptical about this product.  There are many glycolic products out there but this one truly is one of the best.  I use it now alternating nights - one night Renova and the next this product. I seem to get even better results. Try putting this over your moisturizer like you do your retinoid.  It does tingle or sting just a little for about 2-5 minutes. This is normal for this product.

    How to Use

    Nightly or every other night. A little stinging or tingling is normal but if it lasts longer, is painful, or is making you red or irritated, stop using it.  Glycolics can cause some sun sensitivity, so wear sunscreen or sun protective clothing if you are using this.

    Ingredients

    Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycolic Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin,  Bis-Hydroxyethoxypropyl Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Pentylene Glycol,  Stearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,  Ceresin, Saccharide Isomerate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetearyl Glucoside, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Algae Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate,  Octyldodecanol, Irvingia Gabonensis Kernel Butter, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate,  Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Stearic Acid, Sodium PCA, Urea, Trehalose,  Polyquaternium-51,  Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethylcellulose,  Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopherol, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Triacetin,  Aluminum Hydroxide, Ammonium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

  • face and neck cream, hydroxy
    Ultra Smoothing Cream 10 AHA
    Neostrata
    $42.00

    Size: 1.4 fl. oz

    Who It's For

    An affordable cream for normal to dry skin and a good choice for younger skin.  Use the lotion version of this if you have acne or oily skin.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    This alpha hydroxy based cream is good for normal to dry skin, isn't irritating, and it helps regenerate collagen a little  and speed natural exfoliation. Also helps with acne. But use the lotion not the cream if your skin is really oily or acne prone. Good choice for teens to early 30s.  Good price point.

    How to Use

    Apply to face and neck once daily for two weeks and twice daily thereafter, as tolerated. Gently smooth in the cream until it disappears. You must use a sunscreen daily if you are using a glycolic product. 

    Ingredients

    Aqua (Water), Glycolic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Decyl Oleate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Isocetyl Stearate, Arginine, Isostearic Acid, Ammonium Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben

  • face lotion, acne prone skin
    Ultra Smoothing Lotion 10 AHA
    Neostrata
    $42.00

    Size: 6.8 fl. oz

    Who It's For

    An affordable glycolic lotion for normal to dry skin and a good choice for younger skin.  Usually good for acne prone skin and all but the oiliest skin types.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    This alpha hydroxy based lotion (10% glycolic plus citric) is similar to the cream but lighter, isn't irritating, and it helps regenerate collagen a little and speed natural exfoliation. Also helps with acne. Good choice for teens to early 30s.  Good price point.

    How to Use

    Apply to face and acne prone areas once daily for two weeks and twice daily thereafter, as tolerated. You must use a sunscreen daily if you are using a glycolic product. 

    Ingredients

    Aqua (Water), Glycolic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Arginine, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Stearate, Trimethylpropane Triethylhexanoate, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Mangifera Indica (Mango Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Ammonium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Stearic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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