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  1. Because both KAVI Glycolic Acid and KAVI Salicylic Acid masks are peels, using them together would be tantamount to decreasing the recommended recovery time for one peel in half. If you would like to obtain the benefits of both glycolic acid and salicylic acid, you may wish to rotate weekly application of each peel.
  2. We are releasing an SPF 30 sun block in a couple of weeks (or sooner). It is a non-comedogenic (non-clogging), oil-free formula. If you would like to begin exfoliating your skin right away, you could opt for an alternative SPF product to use for the first week or so (e.g., Clinique's UV-Response). If you are exfoliating weekly and are spending more than a few moments in direct sunlight, then you should be applying sun block to your skin for every day you plan on spending extended time in the sun. If the weather's poor or if you will be home all day, etc. then there isn't a need for protection.
  3. That's great news! Thanks for letting us know the age spot is benign.
  4. It's great to hear you're seeing an improvement. As a reminder, you should never apply glycolic acid over an open or healing wound. Since your blister is over a discolored area of skin, you should consult your physician as soon as you can to ensure the altered pigmentation is nothing serious.
  5. Your skin is in fact peeling in flakes that wash off in the shower. By now you should have noticed your skin is softer and smoother than before. To help accelerate the process, you may wish to use a loofah sponge in the bath. However, one thing we must note is that you shouldn't use KAVI Glycolic 50 more than once a week. You need to give your skin enough time to generate new cells to make up for the accelerated exfoliation on the surface.
  6. Hi Madalena, Your skin should never peel in sheaths with use of our home products. Peels which remove that much skin in one session can only be administered by a dermatologist who has the necessary neutralizing agents to counter a nonbuffered formulation of our glycolic acid. Our retail peels are designed to dissolve the bonds between dead skin cells such that they slough off gradually and safely. And every formulation of our glycolic acid promotes collagen regeneration and reduces pore size to enhance one's appearance. For more information, please refer to http://www.kaviskin.com/pages.php?pageid=17 and http://www.kaviskin.com/pages.php?pageid=8.
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    itchy skin

    Very sorry to hear about your father's recent bout with psoriasis. Given his age, you need to be very careful with any treatments you test on his skin. Commercial laundry detergents are very alkaline and wreak havoc on sensitive skin, especially since the rinse cycle on most washing machines does not totally wash out the caustic chemicals from the wash. Our fabric rinse is pH-neutral and much easier on the skin. Coral KAVI is made with a palm oil soap base and contains colloidal sulfur, both of which have helped many of our customers suffering from psoriasis, however we have heard a few customers cite little to no improvement to their condition. We would recommend he try Coral KAVI on a small patch of skin to see if it helps him.
  8. Hi Jo, You've named a number of skin conditions for which there are several solutions. For age spots, photo-aging (long-term skin damage from the sun), hyperpigmentation and surface scarring, an alpha hydroxy peel would be a good all-in-one solution. AHA's are excellent for promoting collagen regeneration and treating aging symptoms like wrinkles and age spots. For condition-specific treatments, KAVI Complex A is especially good for eye repair, particularly sagging skin, wrinkles and dark circles. KAVI Complex C is our best product for reducing wrinkles. Both of these products can be used in conjunction with our exfoliation masks. Hopefully this info gives you a good place to start.
  9. While we are not familiar with Murad's peels, we can tell you our home peels are buffered to a pH of 2.1, 0.1 above the FDA guidelines for OTC cosmetic peels. At a pH of 2.1, KAVI Glycolic Acid can safely be rinsed off with water and will not peel skin in sheaths but in flakes over a 24-72 hour period following treatment. For facial application, we would not recommend a concentration stronger than 50%. For licensed care practitioners, we offer non-buffered KAVI Glycolic Acid at its naturally-occurring pH of 0.6. KAVI Non-Buffered Glycolic Acid comes in a concentration of 70% and requires a neutralizing agent (e.g., NaCO3). For more information, please refer to http://www.kaviskin.com/pages.php?pageid=17 and http://www.kaviskin.com/pages.php?pageid=8.
  10. We do in fact sell to a lot of home users. All of the products you see listed on the KAVI website are safe to use at home. Products which require an AMA license to administer are not visible without a special login.
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    Back Acne

    Coral KAVI is ideal for reducing acne infections on the skin, while KAVI glycolic exfoliation masks are best for helping to reduce scarring. Depending on your skin's sensitivity, you may wish to start with a 40% or 50% strength for the back.
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    KAVI Glycolic Acid products will help to significantly reduce pore size, however you would need to apply regularly (once per week) to maintain smaller pores. For a moisturizing cleanser, you may wish to use Coral KAVI. It will help to reduce surface oils, exfoliate dead skin cells, and also significantly reduce acne bacteria populations on the surface of the skin. If you have dry skin, KAVI Glycolic Cleanser 10 would be more suitable for you.
  13. We would recommend you start with KAVI Glycolic 30. Please keep in mind that KAVI Glycolic 30 is a peel and should be used no more frequently than once per week and will feel a lot stronger than a wash. As our retail peels have been designed for home use, we buffer the pH to 2.1 to reduce the risk of burns. Following exfoliation at a pH of 2.1, skin will safely slough off in flakes over a 24-72 hour period. The skin should never peel in sheaths following use of any of our retail glycolic acid products. Dermatologists may opt to use KAVI Non-Buffered Glycolic Acid, which is formulated at glycolic acid's naturally-occurring pH of 0.6. Non-buffered glycolic acid peels require professional administration, are more painful, and require a longer recovery period. KAVI Non-Buffered Glycolic Acid is not available for sale to the public. You can read more about concentrations, pH, and buffers at http://www.kaviskin.com/pages.php?pageid=8. Our KAVI Glycolic Cleanser, similar to the Forte facial wash, is designed for daily use. Its glycolic acid concentration is at 10% and buffered to a pH of 4.0. It will also exfoliate dead skin cells and promote new skin generation, albeit at a slower rate than KAVI Glycolic 30.
  14. Oil production is driven by hormonal processes exclusive of what is occurring on the surface of the skin. While our soaps do not cut down on oil production, they do cleanse the skin and remove excess oils other soaps leave behind. Our soaps remove sebaceous build-up without drying or irritating sensitive skin.
  15. From reading your response, it sounds like you would be a great candidate for both our Coral KAVI face and body cleanser as well as a glycolic peel to help improve your skin's texture. If you have never used a glycolic peel before, we recommend starting with our Glycolic Acid 30 mask. A 2oz bottle should last you for about two dozen facial applications.
  16. None of our products contain sodium tallowate nor any other animal byproducts.
  17. The pH for KAVI Glycolic Acid 60 is 2.1 and the free acid value is 57.20%.
  18. Our soap products do not contain methylparaben, propylparaben, or any other preservatives.
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    Though glycolic acid is a good approach to reducing wrinkles, we do not recommend using KAVI Glycolic Acid more than once per week. Even if you have had no adverse reactions, your skin still needs time to regenerate following an exfoliation. Applications twice per week will not help accelerate the regeneration process. After about 2 months of weekly applications, it is helpful to wait about 2-4 weeks before resuming weekly use. If you follow this cycle, you will achieve optimum results without unnecessary risk. If your skin is not exhibiting any reaction to KAVI 40% Glycolic Acid (e.g., dryness, inflammation), then you may wish to move up to our 50% solution when you are ready to re-order.
  20. Hi Robson, KAVI Glycolic Acid works in two ways: (a) it loosens the bond between dead skin cells on the outermost surface of the epidermis, and ( its small molecular size allows it to be absorbed into the dermis where its chemical properties trigger collagen production and the formation of new skin. KAVI Glycolic Acid is formulated to allow dead skin to slough off in small, snowflake-sized pieces for a period of up to 72 hours after application. The secret to this process lies in how we buffer our glycolic acid. Our goal has been to design an exfoliation mask which is effective and safe for use at home. A dermatologist may opt to use a completely non-buffered formulation of KAVI Glycolic Acid where skin will peel in sheaths. This peel will offer more immediate results and is recommended for severe scarring, but because of the complexity of treatment can be administered only by a physician.
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    Skin Allergy

    None of our products contain Thimerasol. Our laundry cleanser contains only deionized water, vegetable-based cleaning agents, surfactant, and microbiostat.
  22. Though glycolic acid is a naturally occurring acid derived from sugar cane, it is manufactured synthetically for cosmetics and industrial use. Cosmetics-grade glycolic acid is far more refined and expensive to manufacture. If you want to get really technical, the formula for glycolic acid is HOCH2COOH and it is the first member of the alpha hydroxy acid family of carboxylic acids. Its biodegradability, solubility, and low toxicity give it superior environmental attributes. Its value to skincare applications has been immeasurable in recent decades. Besides having been proven to dissolve layers of dead skin build-up without damaging living skin, recent studies are demonstrating that the presence of glycolic acid on the skin accelerates keratin and collagen production, reversing the slowdown of new skin generation that comes with age.
  23. The primary difference between colloidal and precipitated sulfur is molecular size.. Colloidal sulfur is significantly smaller than precipitated sulfur and is more easily absorbed into the skin. We have done extensive tests with both types of sulfur and have found that a 2% colloidal solution is equivalently effective to a 10% precipitated solution. Though colloidal sulfur is significantly more expensive to prepare than precipitated sulfur, we opt to use it because a lesser percentage of sulfur in the final product means a better olfactory experience for the user. 10% precipitated solutions need to use heavy amounts of perfume to mask the smell, and even still the sulfur is overpowering for some people.
  24. Our products are not tested on animals, nor are the individual ingredients we obtain for use in our products.
  25. Our soaps bases are manufactured solely with plant extracts (e.g., palm oil) and do not contain any animal-based components. Our soaps do not contain any harsh chemicals, though Coral KAVI does contain salicylic acid to help with mild exfoliation during cleansing.
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