Acne: Treatment With Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Topic Overview

Alpha hydroxy acids such as lactic acid, mandelic acid, and glycolic acid (for example, Alpha Hydrox) are often used in products to treatacne. These products work by drying upwhiteheads, blackheads, andpimplesand causing the top layer of your skin to peel.

Skin care products that have AHAs are generally safe to use, but they may cause tingling and a mild redness of the skin. Use them less often if you notice that your skin becomes very red or very dry.

Using skin care products with AHAs will make your skin very sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) light. Be sure to protect your skinfrom the sun and other sources of UV light.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerEllen K. Roh, MD - Dermatology

Current as ofOctober 5, 2017