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Alpha Hydroxy Face Creams

By Joshua Duvauchelle

Of all the ingredients found in skin-care facial creams, alpha hydroxy acid is one of the best. The acid helps to brighten your skin tone and smooth away wrinkles and other blemishes, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Forms of alpha hydroxy acid include lactic acid and glycolic acid. Incorporate an alpha hydroxy acid-enhanced face cream, and you may experience these benefits for yourself.

MD Formulations Vit-A-Plus Night Recovery

Skincare tester Paula Begoun, author of "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me," names MD Formulations' Vit-A-Plus night cream as one of the best alpha hydroxy acid-enhanced products on the market. She praises its combination of glycolic acid and salicylic acid for effective exfoliation. The manufacturer also includes moisturizers and skin-repairing antioxidants, writes Begoun.

Palmer's Skin Success Age Spot Serum

Palmer's facial moisturizer comes recommended by "Good Housekeeping" magazine's beauty editors for its skin-lightening alpha hydroxy acid in the form of citric acid. Additional beneficial ingredients include hydroquinone, which helps even out skin discolorations, according to Begoun. The manufacturer also includes moisturizers like shea butter and glycerin.

Neutrogena Advanced Solutions Complete Acne Therapy System

The beauty editors of "InStyle" magazine chose Neutrogena's alpha hydroxy face cream as one of the best skin care products on the market. Dr. Mary Lupo, a dermatologist writing for "InStyle," says the lotion's use of glycoclic acid won her over. Neutrogena designed the day cream for use with a cleanser and night cream to help clear your skin of acne.

Alpha Hydrox Swipes 14% AHA

Alpha Hydrox smeared an alpha hydroxy cream onto individual pads. Begoun tested the pads and gave it a "very good" rating, saying that it's effective thanks to its exceptionally high acid content. She notes that the manufacturer also infuses the cream with anti-irritants to keep the cream from turning your skin red.

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