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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Schmidt
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None: Alpha hydroxy acid or glycolic acid actually is known to increase skin sensitivity to the sun and can increase the chance for sunburn.
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
To be honest: While you'll get modest benefits from chemical exfoliation with products like over the counter strength alpha hydroxy acid containing products, if you... Read More

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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Wrinkles: Alpha hydroxy acid lotions are reported to reduce sun-damage & wrinkles when applied to the skin.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Alpha hydroxy acid: removes outer layers of dead skin.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology 23 years experience
Avoid with rosacea: Aha, Alpha hydroxy acid creams are generally safe to use and good exfoliants. Patients with acne and oily skin do well with aha. However, it may exac... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Alpha hydroxy acids: Alpha hydroxy acid is used as an exfoliant to help with wrinkles, roughness & variable pigmentation. It won't cause the skin to be younger but can... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Young Jr
Dermatology 41 years experience
Mildly effective: Patients can expect a mild improvement from these acids that peel the epidermis. In-office peels with higher concentration will provide deeper peeling... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Many options: Although an Alpha hydroxy acid peel could help, other agents such as hydroquinone, retin-a, steroids and kojic acid are generally preferred for treatm... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frederick Coville
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Alpa hydroxy acids are what can be referred to as "fruit acids". They are generally derived from high sugar sources: Lactic Acid from milk, glycolic a... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Cool compresses: The irritation is what is needed for this medication to work. It increases the turnover rate of the facial skin cells.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Yes: Yes and these can cause some irritation.

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