What is alpha hydroxy acid?

Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are exfoliants that remove dead surface skin cells while reducing the appearance of sun exposure, fine lines, age spots, and acne. Examples of AHAs include glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, mixed fruit acid, malic acid, sugarcane extract, and hydroxycaprylic acid.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Alpha hydroxy acid is a chemical used in some cosmetics. Products that contain alpha hydroxy acid are marketed for a variety of skin care purposes, such as:
  • softening wrinkles
  • unclogging pores
  • improving skin tone and texture
  • eliminating scars
  • treating acne
Talk to a dermatologist before using a product containing alpha hydroxy acid. He or she can suggest skin care creams, lotions, and other treatments that are best for you.

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