Alpha hydroxy acids are a group of natural acids found in foods. These include citric acid (found in citrus fruits), glycolic acid (found in sugar cane), lactic acid (found in sour milk), malic acid (found in apples), tartaric acid (found in grapes), and others.

Treating sun damage when applied to the skin in a cream or lotion, but alpha hydroxy skin peels do not seem to work for this use. Treating dry skin when applied to the skin in a cream or lotion.

Alpha hydroxy acids can worsen skin conditions by causing skin irritation and removal of the top layer of skin cells.

Alpha hydroxy acids at a concentration of 10% or less as a lotion or cream are likely safe for most people when applied to the skin appropriately and as directed. Alpha hydroxy acids can make the skin extra sensitive to sunlight in some people. Be sure to use a sunscreen while using alpha hydroxy acid products. When taken by mouth, the alpha hydroxy acid called malic acid is possibly safe when used in a short-term. Some people can have side effects including diarrhea, nausea, and general stomach discomfort.


During preganancy and breastfeeding, alpha hydroxy creams at a concentration of 10% or less are likely safe when applied to the skin. Do not take malic acid (the form of alpha hydroxy acids that is generally taken by mouth). Not enough is known about the safety of malic acid during pregnancy and breast-feeding.



We currently have no information for alpha hydroxy acids Interactions.

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call emergency hotline


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  • Acidan
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  • Acipraz
  • Activo Gold

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