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How do I use alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) for skin care?

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To use alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) for skin care, start with a low concentration and apply every other day to avoid irritating your skin. Over time, you can gradually start to use it more often, working up to every day.

Even at lower doses the acids may irritate and dry skin. It may make it more sensitive to the sun. Doctors recommend using moisturizer and sunscreen when you use any products that have AHAs.

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Acai.”

Marilyn Berzin, MD, dermatologist, DC Derm Docs, Washington, DC.

Hoppe, U. , 1999. Biofactors

Blatt, T. , 1999. European Journal of Geriatrics

University of Maryland Medical Center: ''Alpha-lipoic acid.''

Kawasumi, M. , August 16, 2011. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Kaczvinsky, J. , September, 2009. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology

Blatt T. , April 1999. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Acai.”

Marilyn Berzin, MD, dermatologist, DC Derm Docs, Washington, DC.

Hoppe, U. , 1999. Biofactors

Blatt, T. , 1999. European Journal of Geriatrics

University of Maryland Medical Center: ''Alpha-lipoic acid.''

Kawasumi, M. , August 16, 2011. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Kaczvinsky, J. , September, 2009. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology

Blatt T. , April 1999. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

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