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Many of you already incorporate alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like malic acid into your skin care routines. In addition to helping skin look smoother by exfoliating dead, dry skin cells, AHAs alpha hydroxy acids, like malic acid, can help to increase skin hydration, increase collagen production and assist with the depigmentation process in the management of hyperpigmentation.  

Malic acid is derived from apples and although it is not as widely used as glycolic acid, malic acid provides many of the same benefits with less irritation. It is particularly beneficial to sensitive skin types who may not be able to tolerate glycolic acid or to darker skin types who may be prone to hyperpigmentation with the use of glycolic acids.

Malic acid may be found in a range of skin care products including creams, lotions and serums. It may also be combined with other AHAs to provide a product with greater efficacy. Look for it in [Link Removed] where it is combined with mandelic acid, another AHA. It has been found useful in treating the following skin conditions:

Preventing clogged pores
Enhancing cell renewal through exfoliation
Hydrating the skin
Increasing collagen production, and
Improving skin's texture, making it appear more radiant.  

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed] 

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