Hello beautiful people! Happy new year! I hope everyone had a lovely time over the holiday. Today’s post is going to be an Alpha H Liquid Gold review. This is a product I’ve been using for a while now, so I feel like I can finally do a detailed review on it.
Alpha H Liquid Gold Review: How it works
This is one of the most popular acid treatments out there right now. It has been proclaimed by some bloggers as being the closest dupe to the Bioloqigue Recherche P50. While it is not cheap at £33.5 for a 100ml bottle, it is considerably more affordable and easier to access than the elusive P50.
I was so excited to get my hands on this because it pretty much promises to be an elixir of youth. According to the brand website, it is supposed to brighten, exfoliate, diminish acne scars and hyperpigmentation. It is also supposed to promote the production of collagen and help diminish fine lines.
From reviews I’d seen online, this one product could pretty much sort out all my skin concerns. Best of all, all I have to do is wash my face, apply this, and that’s my night time routine done. No serum, no moisturizer, no toner. This is music to my lazy ears.
Alpha H Liquid Gold Review – Acne Scars
I bought this to fix the major skin issues I’ve been struggling with recently:
Acne scars and hyperpigmentation: Pimples thankfully don’t last too long on my face anymore, but when they leave, they leave scars behind which seem to take forever to fade. My acne scars faded considerably faster than usual while I was using this product, than without it or with other products.
Comedones: I’ve had closed comedones and some open ones too for such a long time now that I don’t remember a time I didn’t use to have them. Liquid Gold did such an amazing job of improving the way the affected areas look. For the first time since my teenage years, they’re not glaringly obvious to me anymore. I also no longer feel the need to use my face cleansing brushes often as I used to, which is a testament to how amazing this is an exfoliator. It completely got rid of the whiteheads. Now all that’s left is the blackheads. I’m not surprised because I hear BHAs are more effective on blackheads so I’ll be using another product to sort that out.
Large visible pores around my nose: This is the one area where I’ve unfortunately not noticed as much of an improvement as I’d have liked. Again, I think a BHA based product will have better luck with this.
Texture: This is where I’ve noticed the most improvement. My skin feels smoother than ever.
Liquid Gold is meant to be used every other day i.e on alternate days. It is not meant to be used everyday, but rebel that I am, I used it on consecutive days sometimes with no adverse effects.
It does contain alcohol, and you can smell it, but the smell doesn’t linger. Also, you can feel it working. It burns a little but nothing unbearable. It’s like that sensation when you put Robb on your skin, but not as intense. However, I don’t have sensitive skin and I am used to alcohol in my skincare, so I don’t know how this will work out for sensitive skin. Alcohol is a controversial ingredient so I suggest reading up on alcohol in skincare and making your own decisions.
On nights when I use this I don’t use any of my brightening or exfoliating cleansers because it feels like overdoing it. I just use a regular cleanser. And in the morning I use micellar water or the same gentle cleanser.
Needless to say, sun protection is important all the time, but especially when doing chemical peels like this, or else you’re just hustling backwards by exposing your “new” layer of skin to sun damage.
Alpha H Liquid Gold compared to Pixi Glow Tonic
I just want to briefly compare this to the Pixi Glow Tonic because that’s the other product that gets compared to the P50 a lot.
They both contain 5% glycolic acid, but that’s where the similarities end. Liquid Gold is a far more effective exfoliator, despite the fact that they both have the same percentage of glycolic acid. I guess it must be the alcohol and licorice in the Liquid Gold.
In my opinion, they’re two very different products that don’t do the same thing at all. Liquid Gold is a stronger treatment for mature or acne prone skin while the Glow Tonic is a gentle toner for all skin types. Liquid Gold shouldn’t be used everyday while Glow Tonic can even be used twice a day. Liquid Gold contains alcohol while Glow Tonic does not. The gist of it is that I think Liquid Gold is a treatment to tackle more serious skin concerns and it might be too strong for sensitive skin while Pixi Glow Tonic is an everyday toner for maintaining skin’s radiance or for improving minor imperfections or just balancing and gently improving the skin. Neither can truly replace the other.
It comes in standard toner packaging. The cap comes off to reveal a smaller cover that you can flip open and dispense product into the cotton wool by lightly squeezing the bottle.
If you’re looking for a gentler and cheaper glycolic acid toner, the Freedom Radiance Tonic might be just what you need.
Price and where to buy:
£33.5 pounds for 100ml from a bunch of UK retailers. It is also available from the brand website
N20,000 for 100ml from my Shop My Favourites tab, but please always remember to read my disclaimer which can be found at the top of that page.
PS: I’m not a dermatologist, please do your own research and use common sense. Do a skin patch test and always read ingredients to make sure they all agree with you. I’m just sharing what has worked for me.
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