everything acne.com:  your complete resource for everything about acne
homeabout acneacne treatmentsproduct centerrebateseverything acne.com blogZeno Acne Affiliate Program


    treatments home

    hot topics

    topical medications
   benzoyl peroxide
   combination therapies
   azelaic acid
   salicylic acid
 alpha hydroxy acids

    oral medications
    birth control
    accutane (isotretinoin)

    lasers, light, etc.
    blue-light therapy



Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are acids that help with exfoliation of the skin. There are many different types of AHAs but most commerical products contain either glycolic acid or lactic acid.

How they work
At low concentrations (the levels usually used in acne treatment) AHAs cause detachment of skin cells. In doing so, this helps to normalize the way the skin is turning over, decreasing skin stickiness and helping to unplug pores. Long term use can even lead to increased collagen and elastic tissue production.

Types of AHAs
Most AHAs are over the counter and can be found in many differing branded products. Well known cosmeceutical agents containg AHAs include Neotsrata, MD Forte, Glyone, and others.

Potential side effects
The main side effect of AHAs is irritation. This is seen as redness and peeling. Irritation can be reduced by following similar techniques as described with retinoids.

home | about acne | acne treatments | product center | rebates | blog | about us | contact us | site map | terms of use

everything acne.com is a division of Right Meets Left, LLC
Copyright © 2005 Right Meets Left, LLC, All rights reserved

right meets left