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Sat Sep 17, 2005 3:22 pm      Reply with quote
The Gly Derm Cream Plus 10% contains 10% glycolic acid and is unbuffered.
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However, the M.D. Forte III Facial Cream contains 30% of a glycolic compound.
(Quoted from manufacturer: "Glycolic Compound is a complex, pH-balanced mixture of glycolic acid, ammonium glycolate, purified water, and higher-molecular-weight oligomers of glycolic acid, with an approximate activity level of 60%, and is designated on product labels as the ingredients 'glycolic acid' and 'ammonium glycolate.'")
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That said, which of the two impresses you more - and why? I have both products at home. Smile

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Sun Sep 18, 2005 9:34 am      Reply with quote
Hi Sheila,

I would base it on the ph of each for effectiveness. The ph matters as much as the % of acid. For example, a 20% glycolic cream with a ph of 4.3 really only delivers 4.8% glycolic acid. However a 20% glycolic at 3.4% delivers 14.6% glycolic acid. So if the ph is close to or more than 4, it is relatively useless for exfoliation. There is an excellent explanation of this on DY's site. I'm sure you've seen it but just in case here it is...

http://dianayvonne.zoovy.com/category/16.aboutpeels

If you have ph strips you could check and see what the ph is of both creams.
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Thank you for responding, Dianne!

Unfortunately, I am unfamiliar with the pH of either product. This information isn't listed on either product, and I am unable to find the pH on the Internet either. (I would have mentioned their pH's in my first post.)

However, the ingredients for the Gly Derm Cream Plus 10% are as follows:
Purified Water, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycolic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Citric Alcohols, Green Tea Extract, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

As for the M.D. Forte III Facial Cream with the 30% of a glycolic compound, the ingredients are:
Purified Water (Aqua), Ammonium Glycolate, Glycolic acid, Glycerin, Ceresin, Isododecane, Isohexadecane, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sucrose Cocoate, Steareth-2, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Bisabolol, Allantoin Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Does this help? Unfortunately, I don't have any pH strips onhand! Embarassed

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Sun Sep 18, 2005 5:18 pm      Reply with quote
SugarFreeSheila wrote:
Thank you for responding, Dianne!

Unfortunately, I am unfamiliar with the pH of either product. This information isn't listed on either product, and I am unable to find the pH on the Internet either. (I would have mentioned their pH's in my first post.)

However, the ingredients for the Gly Derm Cream Plus 10% are as follows:
Purified Water, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycolic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Citric Alcohols, Green Tea Extract, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

As for the M.D. Forte III Facial Cream with the 30% of a glycolic compound, the ingredients are:
Purified Water (Aqua), Ammonium Glycolate, Glycolic acid, Glycerin, Ceresin, Isododecane, Isohexadecane, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sucrose Cocoate, Steareth-2, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Bisabolol, Allantoin Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Does this help? Unfortunately, I don't have any pH strips onhand! Embarassed
The MD Forte Cream 30 is 30% at a ph of 3.8. I do not know on the other one.
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