· If adding a bleaching agent, you will add this before your Glycolic Acid.
· Retin-A (or any other prescription strength Vitamin A) users: Glycolic Acid and Vitamin A become more effective when utilized simultaneously. You should use one during the day and the other at bedtime.
· Sensitive Skin: Always start with a test site to check for possible sensitivity. Glycolic Acid may cause a mild flare-up. If it is acne it is actually the cleansing of the pores, which is normal. If you get a rash it may by erythema at which point you would not be a candidate for Glycolic Acid.
· Antioxidant users: Topical Vitamin works synergistically with Glycolic Acid if it is lipid-soluble. Water-soluble Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) utilizes ingredients with very low pH levels (2.1) causing erythema in 40% of the patients studied.
· Wear sunscreen! Glycolic Acid is not photosensitive like prescription strength Vitamin A but why be self-defeating? You need to protect the new cells that are being pushed up to the skin’s surface.
· Do not expect miracles overnight. Glycolic Acid is simple, effective and safe so it requires a little patience. The results are worth a short wait.
· Sales run as follows: Lotion = 78%; Gel = 19%; Cream = 3%
· Myth 1: Glycolic Acid causes Rosacea. This is not true. Chances are the individual has a history of Rosacea in the family. Glycolic Acid may speed up the appearance of Rosacea but it has never been shown to cause it.
· Myth 2: Glycolic Acid causes cancer. As is typically the case with the media this has been misinterpreted and blown so far out of proportion that it has created a scare with consumers. Glycolic Acid is non-toxic to the human body. The problem that can be created is that if you do not wear a sunscreen you have a much greater chance of getting skin cancer. It is our belief that when you wear Glycolic Acid it makes a great deal of sense to protect your new fresh cells rather than run the risk of increasing the odds of getting skin cancers.
Ultra 10 Skin Lightener(OTC Drug)
Q. Why should I not use this beyond 3 months?
A. The FDA regulates this product as an OTC Drug. The labeling laws require that we inform you that this product is toxic, just like any other bleaching agent.
Q. Should I start with this product for the discoloration on my face?
A. No, you always start with the standard Glycolic Acid products. They inherently lighten discoloration and may eliminate the problem without having to add a bleaching agent. Give Glycolic Acid a 6-month trial to see how much of the discoloration it will eliminate. Then, if any discoloration still exists, try the bleaching agent.
* “Browning” is due to oxidation. Only has a minor change on the stability of the product. Bottle is only 1-ounce, which should not be used beyond 90 days due to toxicity of all bleaching agents. There is no degradation of efficacy during this 90-day period.
Q. Can skin get too thin using Glycolic Acids?
A. No. Our skin is very resilient. Glycolic Acids simply accelerates the exfoliation process to bring healthier cells to the surface faster.
Q. Why use Glycolic Acid instead of prescription strength Vitamin A?
A. Glycolic Acid has proven to be as effective but without the irritation levels. It is very easy to use and has done more to change all of skincare and anti-aging than any other product since its inception.
Q. What harm will this cause if I am pregnant?
A. None. There are 37 years of clinical studies including 19 years of medical experience with this product. This is a natural, non-toxic product and there is no evidence that it causes any harmful side effects. However, since your body and your skin go through such extreme hormonal changes, it is our belief that there is no need to create any further irritation to the skin. Let the pregnancy and breastfeeding run its normal course and then resume using the products.
Q. What is the difference between the gel, the lotion and the cream?
A. Only the product base. They all do the same thing. It comes down to personal preference. 1) Mature skin typically likes crèmes. However, this is not a moisturizer. Glycolic Acids are simply irritants. 2) Women prefer lotion to gel. 3) Gels are typically preferred by men and for very oily to acne-prone skin.