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Fruit Acids

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 14, 2022.

What are other common names?

  • 2-hydroxypropionic acid
  • Acide 2-hydroxypropionique (Acide Lactique)
  • Acide Alpha-Hydroxyéthanoïque
  • Acide Citrique
  • Acide de Pomme
  • Acide Dihydroxysuccinique (Acide Tartrique)
  • Acide Glycolique
  • Acide Hydroxyacétique (Acide Glycolique)
  • Acide Hydroxycaprylique
  • Acide Hydroxypropionique
  • Acide Hydroxysuccinique
  • Acide Lactique
  • Acide Malique
  • Acides Alpha-Hydroxylés
  • Acidos Alfa-Hydroxi
  • AHA
  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids
  • Alpha-Hydroxyethanoic Acid
  • Apple Acid
  • Citric Acid
  • Dihydroxysuccinic Acid
  • Gluconolactone
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Hydroxyacetic Acid
  • Hydroxycaprylic Acid
  • Hydroxypropionic Acid
  • Hydroxysuccinic Acid
  • Lactic Acid
  • Malic Acid
  • Mixed Fruit Acids
  • Monohydroxysuccinic Acid
  • Tartaric Acid

What is this product used for?

Some people use fruit acid creams or lotions on their skin to help with skin problems like acne, dry skin, or psoriasis. It may also help decrease dark patches of skin like age spots or melasma. Fruit acid mouth sprays or mouthwashes can reduce dry mouth caused by some drugs.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.

  • You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.

  • Check with your doctor before you use fruit acids if you have had recent cosmetic surgery.

  • Do not use this product if you have recently used drugs for acne or other skin problems called retinoids, such as isotretinoin (Accutane).

  • Use this product with caution if you are taking other drugs that can cause skin darkening. These are drugs like birth control pills, tetracycline, or St John’s wort.

  • Use this product with caution if you have sensitive or irritated skin.

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Redness or flakiness of your skin

  • Dry skin

  • Burning feeling on skin

  • Rash

  • Change in skin color

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Your skin problem is not getting better or is getting worse

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