Alpha-hydroxy acids for acne

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

These products are 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.

Last Updated: February 27, 2009

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