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Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

Common AHAs include glycolic acid, lactic acid, and mandelic acid, with glycolic acid having the most research behind it. They can be found in over-the-counter products, and can be also be administered by an esthetician/cosmetician, nurse, or doctor in higher percentages as a professionally-administered chemical peel. 

While AHAs will not completely eliminate acne on their own, when combined with other treatments, they can turbo-charge an acne-fighting regimen, mainly through their ability to exfoliate the skin. 

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Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) How Mandelic Acid Helps with Acne Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps exfoliate the skin, thus helping to reduce pore clogging and potentially reducing acne. It penetrates less deeply into the skin compared to other AHAs and has less side effects. June 16, 2020
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) How Glycolic Acid Helps with Acne Glycolic acid is the most-used alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) for acne treatment. It exfoliates the skin, helping to unclog pores. It is available over-the-counter in strengths up to 10% and in professionally-administered peels in strengths up to 70%. June 09, 2020
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) How Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) Help with Acne Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), like glycolic acid, lactic acid, and mandelic acid help clear acne by exfoliating the skin, helping to reduce the clogging of pores. Over-the-counter strengths are available up to 10% and professionally-administered peels range from 10% - 70%. June 09, 2020