Cosmetic use of alpha-hydroxy acids
Wilma F. Bergfeld, MD
Dr. Bergfeld is head of clinical research in the Department of Dermatology and head of dermatopathology in the Department of Pathology at the Cleveland Clinic. A professor of dermatology, she is a past president of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Women’s Dermatological Society and chairs the FDA Dermatology Advisory Committee and the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Panel.
Address: Wilma F. Bergfeld, MD, Department of Dermatology, A61, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195
Frequent and daily use of cosmetic and skin-care products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) moisturizes the skin and produces smoother, less-wrinkled skin surfaces. The cosmetic products developed as astringents and exfoliants diminish skin scales and remove excess skin oil. New studies suggest that photodamaged skin improves with AHA treatment.