Skip to Content
Home > Health Library > Acne: Treatment With Alpha Hydroxy Acids
View Additional Content In This Section
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.
January 23, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2013 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
2650 Siskiyou Blvd., Medford, OR 97504