Use of Nonprescription Alpha-Hydroxy Acids

W. Steven Pray, Ph.D., R.Ph.


US Pharmacist. 2002;27(5) 

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Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are a group of compounds that have seen unprecedented sales in the last several years. Advertising campaigns by major cosmetics companies are largely responsible for this popularity. TV commercials and magazine advertisements emphasize the purported anti-aging effects of AHA-derived product lines, but are over-the-counter AHAs really effective?

Nonprescription AHA products promote cell loss and moisturize the skin, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. However, the skin becomes more sensitive to the sun.


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