News from CRIS: Trending - Alpha-Hydroxy Acids

June 8, 2021

What are alpha-hydroxy acids?

Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are naturally occurring or synthetically derived ingredients that are popular in cosmetic products. 
The most common AHAs used in cosmetic products are glycolic acid and lactic acid. Other AHA ingredients we can find in cosmetics include citric acid, hydroxycaprylic acid, hydroxycapric acid, malic acid, and tartaric acid (1,2).

What do AHAs do? 

Manufacturers add these ingredients to cosmetic products to help reduce surface wrinkles and smooth fine lines, improve skin tone and texture, cleanse pores, and improve skin condition. We also see AHAs containing products marketed to adjust skin pH levels (1).


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