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What are alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs)?

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Alpha-hydroxy acids include glycolic, lactic, tartaric, malic, and citric acids. Creams and lotions with alpha-hydroxy acids may help with fine lines, irregular pigmentation, and age spots. Side effects of alpha-hydroxy acids include mild irritation and sun sensitivity. For that reason, sunscreen should be used every morning.

From: Understanding Skin Care Products WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  American Academy of Dermatology.  WebMD Feature: "Nutrients for Healthy Skin: Inside and Out".

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on January 11, 2017

SOURCES:  American Academy of Dermatology.  WebMD Feature: "Nutrients for Healthy Skin: Inside and Out".

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on January 11, 2017

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