Nah. AHA is an exfolliant, and has no anti-inflammatory effects at all. And it's not absorbed by the skin. I never noticed any stop-in-its-tracks effects with that.
BHA (i.e. salicylic acid) would be a better choice, and IRC it works a bit like ibuprofen, but I found I couldn't apply it often enough to work well, because it's such a strong acid.
Ibuprofen doesn't exfoliate, so you can apply it much more often (up to 3 times a day), and you just get an anti-inflammatory effect.
And we're not 'taking' advil, we're applying a very small amount of topical ibuprofen, used only right where it's needed. About 50-100 mg per day. And it doesn't look like very much of that is actually absorbed, probably just a few milligrams, but it's right where you want it.
When you take
advil, you're saturating your entire body
with ibuprofen. About 600 mg, all very well absorbed. That's a huge difference.
I find if you use topical ibuprofen/dilute TTO as a spot treatment, the spots are nearly always gone in a few days to a week. If I don't use this then they can hang around for weeks or months. Others have found the same.
Edited by temp123, 11 November 2010 - 01:08 AM.