Like glycolic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) is a fruit acid. But AHA peels also utilize lactic, citric and occasionally salicylic acid. Alpha-hydroxy acids separate dead skin from fresh, healthy skin, and the application of water at any point in the process will neutralize the solution. The time from treatment to recovery tends to be about 10 days, but several procedures may be necessary before you receive the desired result.
AHA is available in some low-concentration over-the-counter brands of chemical peels and in higher concentrations from a dermatologist.