Amlactin Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy Daily Lotion

Amlactin Daily Lotion

$12.99 for 7.9 oz

My 12 year-old son had these little bumps on the backs of his arms. They didn’t bother him but they did me, so I made it my mission to banish them. I tried a few lotions and potions and dietary changes, to no avail. Finally, an aesthetician recommended trying Amlactin AHA Daily Lotion. In about two weeks, the little bumps were gone!

Once I no longer forced him to use the lotion, my son refused to use it at all. (I think few 12 year-olds will apply lotion except under duress.) At that point, I took over the bottle and have been using it ever since. No reason to waste a perfectly good product, even if it wasn’t intended for me.

Amlactin – Lotions with Alpha-Hydroxy Acid

Amlactin is a brand of body moisturizers (aka lotions) that contain lactic acid, a naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). In short, lactic acid is a chemical exfoliant that helps to slough away dead skin. It’s gentle enough to be used by everyone, even those with sensitive skin. Clearly, the lactic acid is what worked to rid my son of those pesky bumps.

“AmLactin¬ģ Skin Care products contain our powerful Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy to gently exfoliate and deeply hydrate rough, dry skin.”

According to its website, Amlactin is the #1 Dermatologist Recommended moisturizer brand with AHA (data on File 2017).

Does the Lotion Deliver?

This particular lotion claims that it leaves dry skin soft and smooth; boosts healthy skin renewal; is fragrance free and non-greasy; and deeply moisturizes. Let’s see how it does….

Leaves Dry Skin Soft and Smooth and Boosts Healthy Skin Renewal

I’m going to combine “Leaves Dry Skin Soft and Smooth” and “Boosts Healthy Skin Renewal” because, frankly, I don’t see how you can achieve one without doing the other. For my son, this lotion definitely delivered. After a few days of use, we saw a pretty drastic reduction in bumps on the backs of his arms. After two weeks, the bumps were completely gone and his skin was back to its normal, soft texture. Btw, the bumps haven’t returned several months later.

As for myself, I wasn’t looking to improve my skin texture; I was just using this lotion to use up a product that I paid good money for. That said, it really did soften and smooth my skin. I didn’t notice, but my husband sure did, in a good way ūüėČ After he pointed out that my skin felt really nice, I took notice. My skin does feel and look nicer, more even in tone and free of bumps or blemishes, since I’ve been using the Amlactin lotion.

Fragrance Free and Non-Greasy

This lotion may be fragrance free, but it isn’t odor-free. The biggest objection my son has to using this product is that it smells gross. And I agree. It’s not overwhelming, but the scent is there and it’s just yucky. I applied it after showering this morning – several hours ago – and the stank is still present. Also, my clothes take on the scent and have an unpleasant odor after wearing them all day.

As for the non-greasy claim, this one is true. Whereas my son hates how this lotion smells, he does not mind how it feels. This is such a rarity! Anyone with kids knows that they hate the way lotions (especially sunscreens!!) feel on their skin, but this isn’t a concern with Amlactin Daily Lotion.

I agree, too, that there’s no sticky or greasy residue. It sinks right into the skin and leaves nothing but softness (and that stank) behind.

Deeply Moisturizes

This is another claim that crept up on me as being true. I didn’t have dry skin when I started using this lotion as it was late summer. However, I realized about a month ago that my skin, especially on my legs, has not been dry and scaly like it typically gets in winter. Unless my body chemistry has changed for the better as I’m aging, the Amlactin Daily Lotion is responsible for my moisturized skin.

The Negatives

There are a few negatives with this product that need to be mentioned.

First, the scent is terrible. I’ve already covered this.

Second, you need to shake the bottle well before dispensing the lotion. The directions say to do this, but it’s so easy to forget to do and end up applying a substandard product.

Third, the lactic acid/chemical exfoliation makes your skin more susceptible to sunburn and damage, so you must wear sunscreen while using this lotion! While I’d be applying sunscreen every day in an ideal world, I don’t always remember or have time for this extra step. But using this lotion makes sunscreen a necessity.

Amlactin Daily Lotion ingredients

Finally, there are some questionable ingredients in this lotion that will prevent me from repurchasing it. I’ve been cleaning up my makeup and skincare and all other products, and mineral oil, PEGs, and parabens* just don’t fit into my lifestyle anymore. *Paraben-free formulation now available at select retailers

Love or Leave Amlactin Daily Lotion?

After seeing great results with use of the Amlactin AHA Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion, I would like to recommend it. To everyone. Even if, like me, you don’t think you need it. It improves the overall look and feel of skin, sinks in immediately, and deeply moisturizes. However, it smells terrible, needs to be followed up by full-body sunscreen, and has some questionable ingredients.

I do recommend this lotion for short-term use on problem skin, like my son’s bumpy arms, or for people who want soft, smooth, moisturized skin and aren’t concerned about ingredients. For my family, though, I am going to search for an Amlactin-Daily-Lotion Dupe in the natural, or at least clean, beauty world.

Don’t worry; if I find one, I’ll keep you posted. If you have one to recommend, please comment below.

As always, thank you for reading my blog.

~The Pampered Wife

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