Research Article| Volume 19, ISSUE 4, P460-466, July 2001

Hydroxy acids and retinoids in cosmetics

      T he alpha-hydroxy acid family is composed of different compounds with wide application for the treatment of several dermatoses. One of their major indications is chemical peeling and their use in creams and/or lotions also improves the manifestations of cutaneous photoaging. Several factors influence the efficacy of these alpha-hydroxy acids and knowledge of them may prevent complications. Retinoids were introduced for photoaging and for the treatment of other dermatoses more than two decades ago and were an important advance in dermatological therapeutic resources. Risks and benefits of each treatment with these compounds should be properly assessed and monitored by the dermatologist.
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