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Reviewed and Recommended: A&G Skin Solutions Active Serum

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin
Reviewed by Marta June 17, 2008 12 Comments
I hate the packaging, $199 for 0.6oz is too expensive, some people find the smell off-putting, the ingredients list is uninformative and the marketing department has got right up my nose (posing as consumers to post comments on websites is pathetic). Despite all of that, I have to say that A&G Skin Solutions Active Serum is extraordinarily effective.

When I say effective, I mean that it diminishes wrinkles. It really does. I've been using it for three weeks and was actually pitting it against Oraia by using one on each side of my face. For about 10 days, there wasn't much to choose between them. The Oraia was having a good effect on fine lines and was marginally ahead of the game. But then two weeks or so in, A&G started to really kick in and there was a noticeable reduction in the crow's feet.

The problem for me is that the packaging that A&G Active comes in doesn't help you understand what's in or why it would work. The key ingredient is something called Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media. Personally, I don't think these made up, faux science appellations are helpful. What on earth does it mean? And 'conditioned media' is plain silly. This is a shame because the underlying ingredients, according to the A&G Skin Solutions website, and the technology behind them are impressive and exciting.

There are four ingredients for promoting cell growth. The first of these cell growth ingredients in A&G Skin Solutions Active Serum is TGF-beta (1-3). This is a 'super' protein that controls cell functions such as growth and proliferation. It also regulates cell death. Studies at Cornell, Vanderbilt and Jefferson show that TGF-beta stimulates collagen and elastin production.

Next there is PDGF (platelet derived growth factor). This is also a protein that regulates cell growth and division. The third protein in AG Skin Solutions Active Serum is granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF). This one stimulates stem cells. Finally, there are more cytokines (molecules that send out controlling signals) called interleukins.

In addition, the two doctors behind A&G have included an anti-oxidant concoction of vitamins C and E, evening primrose and Pycnogenol, an anti-oxidant from a maritime pine tree that grows in France. The manufacturer of Pycnogenol claims that 170 studies and trials have been published over that last 35 years backing it up as an anti-oxidant.

The acid test, of course, is whether I would buy A&G Active again when this bottle runs out (fairly soon by the looks of things). The answer is probably. I do think it may reduce wrinkles and promote cell growth. However, it would be a definite yes if there was a proper ingredients list on the packaging and you got a tad more for your money.

By the way, I liked Oraia too. It is still high end but slightly better value at $225 for 1.7oz. It is very different in that it uses a lot of botanicals and antioxidants with good pedigrees. I got very good results with fine lines. Oddly, or perhaps interestingly, A&G Active seems to work better on deeper wrinkles with not much result on fine lines.
  • March 29, 2011

    by Carlos

    Hi Everyone,
    I'm the regional sales manager for AG Skin Solutions. We have recently changed are name and rebranded our product!!

    We have heard your calls about the packaging and the quantity. The New AQ has new packaging that looks better but still keeps that clinical feel we are aiming for. We've also doubled the quantities for the Active and Eye Serums and lowered the price of the Active Serum to $150. On top of that Dr. Ahmed has reformulated each of the products to make the 25% stronger and more effective!

    We will continue to bring you the best quality products our FDA certified facility can produce. Thank you to all who have supported us.

    We hope you all enjoy the changes we've made!

    Carlos Aragon
    Regional Sales Manager - AQ Skin Solutions

  • March 22, 2009

    by Yogi

    where can I place my not from the US, im from an asian country and would like to order A&G Active Serum....please send me order info to my e-mail:

    thanks and more power to A&G

  • March 12, 2009

    by david

    i tried this product for 2 and a half months but haven't noticed any difference yet, david

  • July 13, 2008

    by mike626

    <p>I think that Marta's point re: the packaging was not the design of the container per se, but rather the vague statements made on the package. </p>

    <p>It seems that if A&G had placed more of the information from their website on the product rather than a blurb about "Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media" it would be a great improvement. </p>

  • July 4, 2008

    by Vee

    <p>I have been reading your blog with great interest over the last few days. Thank you for all the information and turning me onto products I had previously not heard of. I just have to add in my two cents about packaging. When I am paying top dollar for a beauty product, what I should be paying for is the ingredients in that product, not the packaging. It's ultimately the ingredients that will help my skin, not the box or bottle that product comes in. I used to waste so much money on department store brands because of the way they looked on the outside. Now that I am older and wiser, the first thing I look at before I buy a product is the ingredient list! </p>

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