Cosmetic use of alpha-hydroxy acids

Cleve Clin J Med. 1997 Jun;64(6):327-9. doi: 10.3949/ccjm.64.6.327.


Frequent and daily use of cosmetic and skin-care products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) moisturizes the skin and produces smoother, less-wrinkled skin surfaces. The cosmetic products developed as astringents and exfoliants diminish skin scales and remove excess skin oil. New studies suggest that photodamaged skin improves with AHA treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Beauty Culture
  • Chemistry, Pharmaceutical
  • Drug Prescriptions
  • Glycolates / chemistry
  • Glycolates / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Lactic Acid / chemistry
  • Lactic Acid / therapeutic use*
  • Nonprescription Drugs
  • Skin Aging / drug effects*


  • Glycolates
  • Nonprescription Drugs
  • glycolic acid
  • Lactic Acid