Alpha Hydroxy Acids
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sunscreen while using alpha hydroxy acid products. Alpha hydroxy acids can also cause mild skin irritation, redness, swelling, itching, and skin discoloration. Facial peels, lotions, and creams with a concentration greater than 10% should only be used under the supervision of a dermatologist. Facial peels can cause moderate to severe skin irritation, redness, and burning. Facial peels left on the skin for periods longer than recommended can cause severe burns to the skin.
When taken by mouth, the alpha hydroxy acid called malic acid seems to be safe when used short-term. Some people can have side effects including diarrhea, nausea, and general stomach discomfort.
Do not take alpha hydroxy acids by mouth if:
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