Alpha-H Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid

Product Claims:

“Transform your skin with Liquid Gold, an award-winning revolutionary resurfacing treatment that uses a state of the art, low pH delivery system to effectively diminish wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage.” – Alpha-H Website.


Ingredients: Aqua, Alcohol Denat, Glycolic Acid (5%), Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Silk, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Extract.

Price: $56

Size: 100ml


The Liquid Gold is one of Alpha H’s best selling products. It claims to brighten the skin’s complexion and effectively diminish wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage. It contains 5% “cosmetic grade” Glycolic acid; the term “cosmetic grade” is marketing jargon!

The formulation is pretty simple – Water, Alcohol, Glycolic Acid (5%), Hydrolyzed Silk (humectant and helps other ingredients spread well), Potassium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Caprylyl Glycol (skin conditioning agent), Glycyrrhiza Glabra Extract (skin brightening).

My main issue with this product is the amount of alcohol in it; it’s way too high!!! It appears before glycolic acid on the list so it is definitely more than 5%. High levels of alcohol can cause erosion of the skin surface, also excessive dryness. That alone already cancels this product for me. That aside, Glycolic Acid is a chemical exfoliant; it will dissolve and get rid of dead/dull skin so new skin can shine through, which will help brighten you complexion and give you more even skin tone. It will also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and it will help promote cell regeneration. Glycyrrhiza Glabra Extract also has brightening properties, but it’s in this product at a very low percentage so I doubt it will do very much.

All in all, this isn’t a product I will go for especially because of the high levels of alcohol in it. Also there are no soothing agents as the pH of the product is quite low. It would have been great if they included another humectant (hydrolyzed silk is more of a slip agent) and more antioxidants.

Not sure why it’s called Liquid Gold….nothing golden about the product. Pretty basic product, if you ask me.

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