Alpha-H Founder, Michelle Doherty, Has Passed Away At Age 57

Sad news about Australia’s much loved skincare guru.

Michelle Doherty, Founder of Australian skincare brand Alpha-H passed away in Queensland on July 23, 2020.

Doherty founded Alpha-H on the Gold Coast in 1995, after battling cystic acne for most of her life. When antibiotics and topical creams didn’t help her skin concerns, she started making her own after discovering the exfoliating benefits of glycolic acid.

Since then, Alpha-H has become one of the world’s leading skincare ranges with her best-selling product ‘Liquid Gold’ selling thousands of bottles every single day, including a celebrity following. The award-winning resurfacing treatment uses a state of the art, low pH delivery system to help to diminish wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage.

Although the brand has grown massively since its humble beginnings, all products are still made in Australia and it is still very much a family business. “We have global reach, with a select number of employees on the ground in key regions, but Alpha-H remains predominantly Australian-owned, made and staffed,” Doherty told the BBC last month.

Doherty deeply cared for the community she had created with Alpha-H. In a letter to “my Alpha-H community”, which she published earlier this year when COVID-19 had forced many of her stockists to close, she focused on the positives she could find, writing, “keeping in regular contact with our wonderful ingredient suppliers and global brand partners is making me excited about the future, when this will all be a distant memory. From new product launches to exciting opportunities, I know what’s to come will be worth the wait.”

We are deeply saddened that Doherty is no longer with us, and are in awe of what she has created and achieved during her lifetime. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and closest friends.

22 thoughts on “Alpha-H Founder, Michelle Doherty, Has Passed Away At Age 57

    1. So sorry to hear about Michelle’s passing. She’ll be missed. I watched her on QVC over the years, truly amazing lady. We love you. Goodbye.

      Yvonne xxx

    2. Yes it’s so sad and she was only 57 but she did make a difference to so many people’s lives were her fantastic skin products so every time you use an alpha h skin give a silent prayer of thanks for this inspirational lady God bless you

  1. The Australian Skincare industry has lost one of its great pioneers .. Michelle you will be missed.

  2. Michelle, i came along the journey with you and an inspiration to me and everybody else. Sincere condolences to her fam and everyone else who loved her, as well as the viewers who fell in love with Michelle. xx

  3. Cannot believe this sad news, lovely genuine lady always enjoyed her advice on uk QVC, life is so cruel will make sure I listen to the qvc podcast remembering michelle, thoughts with family, friends and colleagues xx

  4. Very sad news….Michelle was such a lovely lady. Alpha H is one of the best skin care and i just love it. Michelle you will be missed. Please rest in peace ❤

  5. A lovely lady and so inspirerational. Will be sorely missed. Rest in peace. . Keep up the work she was developed to. My heart goes out to her family and her presenters.Love to you all MaureenLahey

  6. Very sad indeed a real community champion
    Thoughts and prayers are with ger friends and family
    Rest in perfect peace

  7. So sad to hear of Michelle’s passing… loved her skin care shows on qvc uk…. The beauty industry has lost an amazing lady…condolences to her family & friends…. Xx

  8. Hi ,l have a question to ask about the Liquid Gold 100mls ,l purchased this from QVC a while ago as a duo ,l have just found at the bottom of my skincare box ,my problem is it safe to use because it has got an odd smell to it .It is a full 100mls size which is a shame to not be able to use it .l
    use AlphaH products all the time and find them amazing ,l am just not sure whether this is safe to use .Thank you hope to hear from you soon .x

  9. Deeply saddened to just hear the sad news of the great lady Michelle from Alpha h as I’m just watching Alpha h now on qvc ! You’ve left a great legacy dear Michelle but gone too soon.

  10. So saddened to hear of Michelle’s passing. I loved her accent and her saying that Alpha H was not ‘fluff and puff’ but effective science driven skincare. Such passion. She will be missed. Thinking of her family in this difficult time.

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