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  1. Does Salicylic Acid Make Your Skin More Sensitive to the Sun?

    Salicylic acid is an extremely common ingredient in over-the-counter acne products, as well as professional chemical peels. It is an acid that can exfoliate the skin (remove dead skin cells from the skin surface and from inside pores), but it can also reduce skin oil production, decrease inflammation, and act as a mild pain reliever and disinfectant. Thanks to these properties, salicylic acid decreases the chances of breakouts and provides some relief of acne symptoms...
  2. How Exfoliation Helps with Acne

    Exfoliation refers to the removal of dead skin cells. Exfoliation happens naturally when dead skin cells fall off to be replaced by new skin cells in a constant process of turnover. However, in acne-prone skin, this process does not function properly, and products that exfoliate the skin can help. Products that exfoliate the skin come in two types: Chemical exfoliants: These are acids that are applied topically to the skin. You can purchase over-the-counter products containing these...
  3. Does Lemon Juice Clear Acne?

    Numerous online anecdotal reports suggest that lemon juice helps reduce acne, while others report no acne-clearing benefit. Scientists have not performed any studies investigating the effect of lemon juice on acne, but studies on how individual chemicals present in lemon juice suppress the factors involved in acne help shine some light on the subject and point toward the possibility that lemon juice, and oils in lemon peels might help to some degree. Chemical Composition of Lemons Lemons...
  4. How Mandelic Acid Helps with Acne

    Introduction to Mandelic Acid How Mandelic Acid Works to Clear Acne Mandelic Acid Side Effects Efficacy of Mandelic Acid Introduction to Mandelic Acid Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), an acid that can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne. Mandelic acid is a less common acne treatment. However, it is often found in skin care products because it has anti-bacterial properties and can help restore proper skin pigmentation. Scientists have...
  5. How Lactic Acid Helps with Acne

    Introduction to Lactic Acid How Lactic Acid Works to Clear Acne Lactic Acid Treatments for Acne Characteristics That Affect the Strength of a Lactic Acid Product Lactic Acid Side Effects Efficacy of Lactic Acid on Acne Introduction to Lactic Acid Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). Alpha hydroxy acids are a group of acids used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne, ichthyosis, keratosis, warts, psoriasis, and sun-damaged skin. Lactic acid is...
  6. How Does Jessner's Solution Help Clear Acne?

    Introduction to Jessner's Solution How Jessner's Solution Works to Clear Acne Jessner's Solution Treatment Side Effects of Jessner's Solution Efficacy of Jessner's Solution on Acne Summary Introduction to Jessner's Solution There are several types of chemical peels used to treat acne, and these peels normally contain one acid. Jessner's solution is a different type of chemical peel, made with a combination of ingredients. The components of Jessner's solution are: Salicylic acid (14%): Salicylic acid is a...
  7. How Glycolic Acid Helps with Acne

    Introduction to Glycolic Acid How Glycolic Acid Works to Clear Acne Glycolic Acid Treatments for Acne Characteristics that Affect the Strength of a Glycolic Acid Product Glycolic Acid Side Effects According to the FDA: Glycolic Acid Does Not Cause Cancer Efficacy of Glycolic Acid on Acne Introduction to Glycolic Acid Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which is a type of acid used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne, ichthyosis, keratosis,...
  8. How Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) Help with Acne

    Introduction to AHAs Types of AHA Used to Treat Acne How AHAs Work to Clear Acne AHA Treatments for Acne Characteristics That Affect the Strength of an AHA Product Side Effects of AHAs According to the FDA: AHAs Do Not Cause Cancer Efficacy of Alpha Hydroxy Acid on Acne Introduction to AHAs Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are a group of acids used to treat skin diseases like acne, ichthyosis, keratosis, warts, psoriasis, and sun-damaged skin....
  9. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) vs. Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs)

    Introduction to AHA and BHA Differences Between AHA and BHA Similarities Between AHAs and BHAs Side Effects of AHAs and BHAs Comparing the Effectiveness of AHAs and BHAs Introduction to AHA and BHA Hydroxy acids are a group of acids used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne. There are two main classes of hydroxy acids: Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) The main AHA used to treat acne is glycolic acid, while...
  10. I had a perplexing experience with a chemical exfoliant, and months later I'm still not sure what was going on with my skin. I've dealt with acne for years, and I've come to the conclusion that it's partly hormonal and partly due to genetically oily skin and large pores. Anyway, several months ago I started using The Ordinary's AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution because I wanted to try chemical exfoliation. (At the time, I didn't realize I should gradually introduce my skin to chemical exfoliants
  11. Hello there! I'm really confused if I'm experiencing purging or just keep irritating my skin... I've recently started using Mandelic acid 10% + HA, in hopes of getting rid of my closed comedones on the chin and stubborn occasional breakouts on cheeks and chin My skin is really sensitive and I've decided to start with a mild acid first. I've also changed all of my skincare to avene (moisturizer and serum, toner) and uriage (milk cleanser) to minimize the possibility of irritation, as well
  12. One day I woke up with these small forehead bumps all over my forehead, my temples and all the way up until my hairline. I have no idea what to do. I have tried almost everything in the past two months. Anti-dandruff shampoo (severely dried out my skin and didn't improve the bumps), cetaphil gentle skin cleanser paired with a lightweight oil-free moisturizer, the Kiehl's line (midnight recovery, Calendula toner, etc) manual and chemical exfoliating products (ie peter thomas roth glycolic acid pa
  13. My son is just starting week 8 on the regimen and although we are now only just beginning to see some imorovement, his face has become red like a sunburn over the past few days.The only thing i can think of is that he just introduced the AHA earlier this week. He was doing half AHA and half moisturiser every night for about 4 nights and was experiencing quite a lot if stinging even diluting it like this. I have advised him to stop the AHA for now and see if his skin calms down. Any advice would
  14. Just further to my post about introducing the AHA to my 17 year old sons routine. As mentioned he's been on the regimen for 4 weeks and still battling breakouts. I have yet to order the AHA cream but I have an excellent AHA cleanser which has kept me clear for years and Im wondering if in the meantime he could mix a little bit of this into his acne.org cleanser once per day? It's 12% strength I think so i thought just using a little bit could gradually get his skin used to it. What do you thin
  15. My 17 year old son has been doing the regimen for 4 weeks now. Although the sides of his face started clearing after about week 2, he started breaking out around his chin and lower face area pretty bad so he's getting frustrated that its not working and wants to give up. I know that you are supposed to introduce the AHA after a month, so I just want to know if its still ok given that he's not significantly clearer yet? Also, he has used the regimen before with good results but this time he start
  16. Hey, I’m 14 years old supposedly struggling with hormonal acne. I’ve got spots and blackheads on my forehead, acne scars on my cheeks, whiteheads and blackheads on my nose and clogged pores pretty much everywhere. I’ve considered using AHA and BHA peels by The Ordinary as I’ve heard chemical peels really benefit your skin. I was wondering if they really work or if they make things worse. Has anyone tried chemical peels or are there alternatives?
  17. Sorry went a little nuts with the tags on this thread probably. Anyway, Ive been meaning to make a post about this for months. I literally cannot stop using BP gel (cream? gel? not sure its white). I have been using it pretty much every time I shave/wash my face for years. I wash my face about once a day, sometimes every two days. I have good hygiene, but I find if I wash more than that my face looks 10 times worse. Also, the BP is necessary every time now. I will have the same areas (on s
  18. I've been using AHA for a month and I noticed I got a little sunburnt, what sunscreen should I buy??
  19. I have an AHA+ Glycolic acid 10% tube from acne.org and it expires in 10/2018. I opened the tube in December 2017 and I am still using it in April 2018. Does this tube need to be thrown away a certain amount of time after opening it like benzoyl peroxide(Duac) usually does due to it being ineffective after being opened for so long? Or does it not matter how long ago it was opened? Do I need to store the AHA glycolic acid in the fridge after opening like you do with Duac benzoyl pero
  20. I've been on the regimen since November 2017, and I added AHA to the regimen in the beginning of February 2018. I put it on at night time 1/2 and 1/2 with my moisturizer, and I've noticed that shortly after applying the AHA, it will start to kind of crumble up, especially around my chin. Is anyone else having this problem? I'm not too sure if I should just go ahead and stop using it or not, because I am seeing results in regards to my hyperpigmentation.
  21. I have started using AHA glycolic acid 10% from acne.org for fading hyperpigmentation brown acne marks. I use this on top of my Duac once daily gel (Benzoyl peroxide 5%, Clindamycin 1%) so I apply the AHA after/on top of the Duac and I leave it overnight. To get the best results from the AHA glycolic acid is it best to use it without Duac underneath? Would I see faster results from glycolic acid for removing hyperpigmentation if I used AHA in the morning and having just AHA on my face alone and
  22. I have started using AHA glycolic acid 10% from acne.org for fading hyper pigmentation brown acne marks. I use this on top of my Duac once daily gel (Benzoyl peroxide 5%, Clindamycin 1%) so I apply the AHA after/on top of the Duac and I leave it overnight. To get the best results from the AHA glycolic acid is it best to use it without Duac underneath? Would I see faster results from glycolic acid for removing hyperpigmentation if I used AHA in the morning and having just AHA on my face alone
  23. Hi ever since I started using the AHA it seems that my face is either slightly red all over or slightly darker pigment than the rest of my face. Am I using too much AHA? I used about an index fingers work just as I do the benzoyl peroxide.
  24. grumpybunny

    Ch-ch-ch-changes

    So many changes since my last post, and only a few of them related to my skin. About a month ago I moved from Asheville to Greensboro for a job promotion. And while it has been an amazing opportunity, it's also been hectic. I've been sick twice during that time, including during the actual move itself. I have had to make a lot of adjustments. Although I have been good about keeping up with my skincare during that time. One of the set backs has been that anytime I am presented with a differ
  25. Hi all! I am 26 y/o female. I have been using Dan's regimen for about 5 months now. I have had some improvement, but am still seeing some hormonal acne in my chin and cheeks. I am currently doing BP and lotion in the morning, then BP and lotion + AHA at night. I am considering buying OTC Differin to add to my regimen and replacing the nightly BP with it. Should a lotion be used AFTER applying a retinol? Would anyone care to weigh in on this? I would like to incorporate a retinol into my routin
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