A liver spot is also known as an age spot and is caused by exposure to UV rays. There are many treatments that can be applied to remove or reduce the appearance of liver spots. The alpha hydroxy acid gel may be used instead of more aggressive treatments that involve removing layers of skin.

Properties of Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel

The alpha hydroxy acid gel will act on the skin and affect the pigmentation. The acid may be used in various concentrations, depending on the type of skin. More sensitive skin should be treated with a lower concentration of alpha hydroxy acid, to avoid irritation.

Effects of Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel

The alpha hydroxy acid gel will not remove the liver spots, but will lighten the skin and reduce the visibility of the liver spots. The gel treatment will not have major side effects, such as burning the skin or leaving scars, which may be met in more aggressive age spot treatments. During the first days of treatment with the alpha hydroxy acid gel, there may be some skin redness and inflammation. The alpha hydroxy acid gel may be used in patients with all skin tones.

How to Use Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel

The alpha hydroxy acid gel is typically used in conjunction with beta hydroxy acid gels and should be applied on the affected areas before going to sleep each night. The gel should be rubbed gently against the skin. The treatment should be maintained for at least two months.