Alpha Hydroxy Acid

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Clean and Clear With Alpha Hydroxy Acid

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EWG skincare with Alpha Hydroxy Acid Skin-smoothing Fruit Exfoliator
Common Names: AHA, Glycolic, Malic, Tartaric, Lactic

A skin-smoothing fruit exfoliator is found in many types of skincare treatment products. Alpha Hydroxy is a general term for fruit acids. These can be in the form of malic, tartaric, lactic acid, or glycolic acid. Furthermore, these natural sources exfoliate the outer layer of the skin.

These acids help deep clean and clear up clogged pores making them look smaller and more refined. Consistently using Alpha Hydroxy Acids once a week can help brighten dull skin, reduce pore size, and keep your skin looking youthful. You can also use them daily as part of a consistent anti-aging skincare routine.

Products such as cleansers, serums, or peels, may contain these acids. Combine Alpha Hydroxy Acids for a more intense treatment.

Types of Acids

Glycolic Acid
Glycolic Acid naturally comes from sugarcane. It is one of the most well-known dull complexion removers that people use. Glycolic Acid comes as a liquid in a peel and can also be an anti-aging ingredient in products such as a cleanser. In addition, it is a widely used skin renewing daily treatment.

Malic Acid
Malic Acid comes from apples and has become very popular in cosmetics. In fact, you can see it popping up in everything from lotions to shower gels.

Tartaric Acid
Tartaric Acid is from grapes. Usually, when discussing grapes and skincare, we automatically think of Resveratrol. But grapes have other powerful, compelling qualities besides being a powerful natural antioxidant.

Lactic Acid
Milk and dairy products contain Lactic Acid. Yogurt and milk in regenerative masks and body washes throughout the centuries, prove to be useful today. It is a mild but effective treatment that stimulates fibroblasts. Further, fibroblasts tell collagen that more is needed.


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Written by Kari Thomas