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Alpha Hydroxy Acids Defined

Alpha hydroxy acids are derived from fruit and milk sugars. The most commonly used alpha hydroxy acids are glycolic acid and lactic acid because they have a special ability to penetrate the skin. They also have the most scientific data on their effectiveness and side effects. The following are the 5 major types of alpha hydroxy acids found in skin-care products and their sources:

glycolic acid - sugar cane

lactic acid - milk

malic acid - apples and pears

citric acid - oranges and lemons

tartaric acid - grapes

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