Alpha-H has spent twenty years researching the essential elements the skin needs for optimal health. We pride ourselves on our exhaustive research, in-depth understanding of the science of the skin, and the quality of active ingredients we use in our products.  
 
We are a cosmeceutical brand. We define cosmeceutical products as those that have a predictable and scientifically proven pharmaceutical effect for cosmetic use. We don't believe our customers should have to pay for filler ingredients therefore our products contain more active ingredients than most brands on the market.

Our products work to take the skin out of its comfort zone in order to make a difference that is evident and genuine. Our effective delivery systems infuse the skin with active ingredients by adjusting the pH to stimulate action at a deeper layer of the epidermis, where new and vibrant cells are replenished and repaired. 

 


GLYCOLIC ACID 

 

WHAT IS GLYCOLIC ACID?

Glycolic Acid is a type of Alpha Hydroxy Acid. It naturally occurs in sugar cane and is used in cosmetics because of its small molecular structure, easy penetration into the skin and water binding properties.  
 


HOW IT WORKS

Glycolic Acid works well as an exfoliater because of its high acidity and easy solubility. When placed on the skin it goes under the damaged upper layers and assists in shifting dead skin cells. The result is a much-smoother skin surface and a more youthful appearance. This removal of dead skin cell build up helps to decongest the skin, encourage cellular renewal and minimise the appearance of pigmentation.

Glycolic Acid, once applied, creates a tingling sensation on the surface of the skin. This is due to the low pH of the Glycolic Acid. All of our home care products utilise a low pH delivery system for fast, effective results. 

 


WHY USE GLYCOLIC ACID?

Glycolic Acid has the ability to radically improve the overall appearance and texture of the skin. The 5 main functions of Glycolic Acid are:


Exfoliation

Glycolic Acid shifts dead skin cells and speeds up cellular renewal.


Hydration

Constant use increases hydration levels in the skin.


Firming

Glycolic Acid helps to soften fine lines, wrinkles, and firm the skin while stimulating collagen.


Transportation

Glycolic Acid, it has the ability to penetrate through the skin with ease, pulling ingredients such as antioxidants, botanicals and peptides deeper into the skin.


Softens pigmentation

Glycolic Acid melts away surface pigment creating a more even toned complexion. It also helps to soften acne scarring. 

 



GLYCOLIC ACID MYTHS


#1. It thins the skin 
Glycolic Acid does not thin the skin. In fact, it’s quite the opposite; it actually increases epidermal thickness and collagen.

#2. You can’t use it constantly
Alpha-H home care products are designed to be used on a regular basis. Depending on the percentage of Glycolic Acid and the problem being treated Glycolic Acid can be used daily. Glycoilc Acid allows other ingredients to penetrate the skin for effective results.

#3. Glycolic Acid causes dryness
Glycolic Acid actually increases hydration levels in the skin. It has the ability to draw moisture into the newly-exfoliated skin surface.

 


WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM USING GLYCOLIC ACID?


Glycolic Acid is useful in the treatment of:

•    Prematurely ageing and aged skins
•    Fine lines and wrinkles
•    Dry Thickened Skin
•    Hyper Pigmentation
•    Ingrown Hairs
•    Acne
•    Sun Damage
•    Open Pores


NOTE: It is imperative to always wear sunscreen when using products that contain Glycolic Acid.



These real results speak for themselves

Glycolic Acid - Before
 
 
Glycolic Acid - After - Improvements in pigmentation, ageing, lines, tone
 
A six week treatment course incorporating the Alpha-H Liquid Gold, Liquid Gold Smoothing and Perfecting Mask, Liquid Gold Rejuvenating Cream. Results: The Glycolic Acid based Liquid Gold range has softened pigmentation, brightened and evened the skin tone, while increased collagen has softened fine lines around the eyes and mouth.