About AmLactin

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Mar 23, 2016

Suffering from excessively rough, dry skin, whether from age, harsh soaps, or changes in the weather? What about skin conditions like keratosis pilaris? Have deep cracks in your heels?

In any of these cases, AmLactin’s line of hydrating moisturizers contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), along with “creamy emollients and rich humectants,” which can provide gentle exfoliation and powerful hydration. Because of this, AmLactin claims they’re the #1 dermatologist recommended moisturizer brand for rough, dry skin, which could help you experience “amazing relief.”

I’ve suffered from overly dry skin since I can remember, so if you’re experiencing the same, I feel your pain. But can individuals like us really find relief from AmLactin’s products, or are there better—and more effective—options out there?

These are some big questions to answer, so let’s kick things off by taking a look at AmLactin’s line of moisturizers.

What Products Does AmLactin Make?

Overall, there are four different products in the AmLactin lineup:

Moisturizing Body Lotion

A fragrance free, non-greasy, long-lasting lotion containing 12% lactic acid that can help draw moisture to your skin and lock it in. The exfoliation and deep hydration lotion also helps encourage natural cell renewal, which can leave you with a soft, smooth texture.

Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion

This lotion combines AmLactin’s proprietary ULTRAPLEX formula with three essential ceramides. Because of this, it’s ideal for extremely rough, flaky, dry skin and can provide instant visible results that last up to 24 hours.

For best results, apply 1-2 times daily.

Ultra Hydrating Body Cream

Like Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion, AmLactin’s Ultra Hydrating Body Cream also contains the patented ULTRAPLEX formula, but adds triple action alpha-hydroxy therapy to the mix to soften and repair, making it perfect for “severely, persistently dry skin areas needing extra attention.”

AmLactin Foot Cream

AmLactin calls their Foot Cream “the ultimate dry skin treatment,” since its ULTRAPLEX formula, along with a special blend of emollient and humectant ingredients, can help heal dry, callused feet. Want long-lasting moisture and serious relief? You’ve found it with AmLactin’s Foot Cream.

Granted, all of this is coming from the company. But what does science have to say about AmLactin’s ingredients? We’ll get to that in a second, but first, what causes dry skin to begin with?

The Causes of Dry Skin

Dry skin (technically known as xerosis) is defined as “an uncomfortable condition marked by scaling, itching, and cracking.” Pretty straightforward, right? Certainly, although what’s causing dry skin is anything but cut and dry.

The good news is that most causes of dry skin are environmental, including high heat, weather (especially cold temperatures), sun exposure, excessively hot showers or baths, and harsh soaps or detergents. In my case, dry skin was the result of eczema (another common condition is psoriasis), although even the natural aging process can dry out skin. So, if you’re not susceptible dry skin now, it’s certainly a possibility in the future.

Whether it’s today or years from now, can AmLactin’s ingredients address ultra-dry skin as well as the company claims? That’s what we’ll explore next.

Are AmLactin’s Ingredients Your Solution for Dry Skin?

Moisturizing Body Lotion & Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion

Moisturizing Body Lotion contains: Water, Ammonium Lactate, Mineral Oil, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Laureth-4, PEG-40 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylcellulose.

Of these, the first few work primarily as moisturizers and are common in products intended to treat dry skin, which is certainly positive. Outside of these, all other ingredients act as emollients, emulsifiers, thickeners, or preservatives, which affect the look, smell, and feel, but not necessarily functionality.

It’s much the same story with AmLactin’s Cerapeutic Lotion as well, although it adds the proprietary ULTRAPEX formula, which is comprised of ammonium lactate, potassium lactate, and sodium lactate (these are the alpha-hydroxy acids, or AHAs, referenced on the company’s website). Both of these are naturally found in human skin, where their strong water binding properties can (among other things) enhance hydration. In fact, sodium lactate is second only to hyaluronic acid in its water retention capabilities.

As such, it’s generally understood that applying AHAs can provide a wide range of skin benefits, including treating sun damage, dry skin, acne, and more.

AmLactin Body Cream & Foot Cream

Here’s what the Body Cream contains: Water, Ammonium Lactate, Sodium Lactate, Potassium Lactate, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Emulsifying Wax, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. ULTRAPLEX formula (Ammonium Lactate, Potassium Lactate, Sodium Lactate).

As you can see, except for a couple ingredients, most of Body Cream’s ingredients are also found in the Moisturizing Body Lotion. In fact, other than the inclusion of ULTRAPLEX, it appears that Body Cream and Foot Cream share the exact same formulations.

Will AmLactin’s ULTRAPLEX formula cost you a lot more than the competition?

How Much Does AmLactin Cost?

AmLactin is an extraordinarily popular moisturizer, so you’ll find it at just about any retailer with a skincare section. How much you’ll pay depends on the retailer you choose, the specific product, and the size, although they seem to range in price between $3 and $15.

Since it has a reasonable cost and some effective ingredients, you might expect AmLactin to come with some great online customer feedback. Is this the case?

What’s Everyone Saying About AmLactin’s Moisturizers?

There’s no need to beat around the bush here: Pretty much everywhere you look online, you’re sure to find a lot of glowing customer reviews for AmLactin. This includes complimenting its ability to moisturize and soften skin, quick-absorbing and long-lasting formula, and ease of use.

However, one “Expert Review” (no mention of what makes them an expert) on Beautypedia claims that:

“AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion is a boring body lotion that uses a high amount of the AHA lactic acid to soften dry, rough skin. You’d think that the 12% amount of ammonium lactate would promote exfoliation, but the pH of this product (it consistently measures 5 or above) is too high for that to occur. This form of lactic acid has benefit as a water-binding agent for skin, but in this particular formula you will not get the exfoliation it could’ve provided. That’s a shame, because there are so few well formulated AHA body lotions available. If you have dry skin and are considering this product, know that there are much better formulas that contain a wide complement of ingredients dry skin needs to repair itself and become healthier.”

Outside of this, common complaints reference skin reactions (note: this is bound to occur in any skin product, and didn’t seem especially so for AmLactin) and bad smell (again, personal preference).

Is this what people are saying about the competition?

Are There Other Moisturizers Like AmLactin?

The easiest way to answer this question is by typing “alpha-hydroxy acid cream” or “AHA moisturizer” into your favorite search engine. If you try it, you’ll quickly be met with dozens of different options, many of which might be available at your local pharmacy and come with similarly positive reviews. In fact, many pharmacies with house brands will even make their own AHA lotions, although they might not be priced a whole lot lower than the competition.

If you’re looking outside of AHA products, don’t forget popular options like Cetaphil and Aquaphor (this is what I found the most success with addressing my eczema). As with any other skincare product, your mileage may vary. Let’s carry this thought over into the final section.

Is AmLactin the Right Moisturizer for You?

Clearly, there’s a lot of clinical evidence showing that alpha-hydroxy acids are highly effective at retaining moisture and treating dry skin-related conditions. It’s also pretty clear that the vast majority of customers who’ve used AmLactin are highly pleased with the outcome.

Does this mean you’ll experience the same? Ultimately, without knowing your personal preferences or what’s causing your dry skin, there’s no way to know. But given the fact that it’s available locally, contains clinically proven ingredients, and is relative inexpensive, we can’t think of a reason not to give AmLactin a try. In the end, it just might end up a key product in your battle against dry skin.

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    I can't stand the smell

    • By Carol T.,
    • Illinois,
    • Apr 26, 2019
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    As I stated in my title, I cannot stand the smell of AmLactin moisturizing body lotion, I would love to have Lac-Hydrin Five, but it's no longer available. When I went to Walgreen's and asked for it, they sold me AmLactin. The sales person said that this was the same, I don't think so. I really can't tolerate the smell.

    What do I do with this 14 oz bottle of AmLactin?

    Thank you.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Works great, smells like fish water

    • By Chris W.,
    • Tucson, AZ,
    • Oct 12, 2018
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    Rapid relief is true. I live in Tucson, little to no humidity and hot, dry weather summers to colder dry, what can't really be called winter. AmLactin is THE only lotion to actually heal very dry older skin. I use it only when I absolutely have to because of the ammonia fish tank smell. It is horrible. PLEASE note, this is otherwise a great product, leaves skin soft with a nice sheen.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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    • By M G.,
    • New York,
    • Jun 3, 2018
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    If this is non-greasy and fragrance-free, then my definitions of non-greasy and fragrance-free need to be changed immediately. IE: this product is greasy, even after rubbing in for several minutes and putting the coated area in front of a fan. And that smell, oh my, not pleasant at all.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Excellent and reasonably priced

    I have been using AmLactin products since my dermatologist recommended them. I use the AmLactin Daily on my legs, top of my feet and arms for several years with skin smoothing and long-lasting moisturizing results.

    Recently, about the last 4 months, I started using the AmLactin Rapid Relief (it has the 3 important ceramides for aging skin) on my arms due to the aging look of my upper arms and the inside elbow. My skin texture has improved and looks so much better! I always use these products in the evening after bathing while my skin is still moist. Wow, my 67-year-old skin looks better and stays moisturized. I then use some on my décolleté and then with the residual on my hands I apply it to the sides and front of my neck. Whoa, my Turkey Skin looks so much better too. I’m not saying that my skin is like a 40-year-old, but the texture and hydration of my skin is so much better than all the other products I have used.

    In the daytime I do use an expensive Ceramides Cream on my neck and décolleté. I have tried almost everything out there from lotions, Shea butter lotions to jojoba oil and argan oil (which are messy to use). I am now going to try the AmLactin lotion with Ceramides for my legs too.

    AmLactin products are effective and reasonably priced especially if you compare them to boutique type products. AmLactin products have helped to simplify my evening skincare routine.

    It pays to do research about the products you use so look into the use of Ceramides and Hydroxy Acids and what they do for your skin. Then look into and try AmLactin!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    It really works!

    • By Deborah,
    • Peoria, Arizona,
    • Mar 30, 2016
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    I have been using Amlactin Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy Moisturizing Body Lotion for over 2 years now. I only use it on my feet to prevent calluses and dry rough skin. After shower, I rub in approximately a nickel size pump on the bottom of my feet followed by tennis socks. I leave these on until I'm ready to go. Remove the socks and you won't believe how soft and smooth your feet will be. You must use it daily though to achieve results, and a few times in the initial stage to get there. Forget the pumice stone or the "Amope Pedi Perfect Diamond Foot File" (which only works if you have two hours to kill). There may be something else out there that works just as well and possibly less expensive but I have not looked into that. I purchase mine at Costco. They offer a 20oz bottle which will last you six months or more. I buy it when it is on sale (in the Costco Coupon Book) which they offer a couple of time a year.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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