Alpha Hydroxy Acids
- What other names is Alpha Hydroxy Acids known by?
- What is Alpha Hydroxy Acids?
- Is Alpha Hydroxy Acids effective?
- How does Alpha Hydroxy Acids work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Alpha Hydroxy Acids.
There is some evidence that a alpha hydroxy acids lotion or cream might help improve acne when applied to the skin. Although some people try alpha hydroxy acids as a skin peel to treat sun-damaged skin, it does not seem to be effective for this use
There is also some evidence that taking one alpha-hydroxy acid called malic acid with magnesium hydroxide by mouth might help reduce pain and tenderness related to fibromyalgia.
Likely Effective for...
- 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.
Possibly Effective for...
- Firming and smoothing skin when applied to the skin in a solution.
- Acne when applied to the skin in a cream or lotion.
- Acne scars when applied to the skin in a facial peel or lotion.
- Reducing the pigmentation associated with a skin disorder melasma.
- Wrinkled skin.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Treating sun damaged skin when applied as a skin peel; and reducing pain and tenderness caused by fibromyalgia when a specific alpha hydroxy acid, called malic acid, is used in combination with magnesium.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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