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Old 10-07-2007, 10:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Question Quick Alpha Hydroxy Acid question

I hope you all don't mind a clueless newbie posting so much.

I just have a quick question about Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA). On my arms and legs I like to use Jergin's Skin Smoothing lotion. It has AHA in it and on the back has a warning about sun exposure. It says you should avoid the sun and/or use sunscreen for a week after using the lotion. I typically use the lotion almost every day. How big of a deal is this? Should I stop using it?
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Re: Quick Alpha Hydroxy Acid question

Duh... What do you think?

Why you use that cheap schite? If you really want results, you should go to a "licensed aesthitcian" and get quality.

And yes, any kind of 'acid' product can cause hyperpigmentation, which you don't want... even "heat" can cause it when using this type of product.
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Re: Quick Alpha Hydroxy Acid question

I use "cheap schite" because I am POOR. What do you think? It works well enough for me. I'm sorry if some of you find my frugality offensive.

I'll quit using it since I'll be tanning. I definitely don't want hyperpigmentation. I was just asking because I didn't know if the manufacturer was being overcautious in the warning.
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Re: Quick Alpha Hydroxy Acid question

Maybe the manufacturer is right and that's why your first visit overexposed you because of using the Jergen's lotion. If your young I doubt you need AHA lotions...they can be harsh to your skin.
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Re: Quick Alpha Hydroxy Acid question

AHA products cause exfoliation, or shedding of the surface skin
Normally dead cells flake off to make room for the living cells that are constantly rising to the skins surface. This usually takes 28-30 days, AHA products can speed up the exfoliation process by dissolving the cellular "cement" that binds dead cells together. Using an AHA product is somewhat like a chemical peel. Therefore making the skin very sensitive to VU light.

Personal when it comes to AHA’s I would not use a product like Jergin’s because of the other ingredients such as petroleum, and don’t get me started on the parabens.
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Re: Quick Alpha Hydroxy Acid question

You cant be to POOR... you have the internet and that is definitely not a necessity of life.
With the products you use I would suggest you NOT tan... before you give a tanning salon owner a nightmare... due to the products you use....
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eileen - yes I thought of that. I didn't get pink on my arms or legs, though, which are the only places I use it. Part of the reason I asked was that awhile back I was in Mexico and getting a lot of sun. At the time, I was using the lotion but hadn't noticed the warning. I didn't get burned or anything so I was wondering how much of a risk it really is.

Kay - thank you for the informative and helpful reply. That's the sort of information I was looking for.

irene - OK, you're right. In the scheme of the whole world, anyone who owns more than one pair of shoes is "rich." Everyone chooses to spend their money in their own way. For my husband and me, the Internet is a must; fancy skin care products are not. If I had more disposable income than I do, I might consider paying more for things like that. You and I obviously value different things and that's OK.



You know, when I post on public message boards, I try to be as nice as I can. I figure people deserve respect. When I posted this thread, I did not ask for a critique on lotion choice; I asked about the risks associated with AHA. I'm not sure what I did to deserve some of the sarcastic (and somewhat rude) replies I have gotten in this and other threads. I appreciate the helpful advice I've gotten so far, but I will not be visiting this site anymore (feel free to start cheering now). I don't enjoy being judged by the costliness of my skin care products.

Don't bother replying to this message because I won't be back to read it.
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