Topic Overview

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

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 skin from the sun and other sources of UV light.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Ellen K. Roh, MD – Dermatology

Current as ofOctober 5, 2017