hy·​droxy | \ hī-ˈdräk-sē How to pronounce hydroxy (audio) \

Definition of hydroxy

: being or containing hydroxyl especially : containing hydroxyl especially in place of hydrogen usually used in combination hydroxyacetic acid

Examples of hydroxy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bae encourages daily gentle exfoliation with a cleanser containing physical or chemical exfoliants or any topical product with alpha hydroxy acids. Madge Maril, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Get Rid of Laugh Lines With Five Expert-Approved Tips," 27 Nov. 2020 Palep says to look for products with retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, and alpha hydroxy acids. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Everything You Need to Know About Hormonal Acne," 24 Nov. 2020 These alpha hydroxy acids can cause redness and can even increase melanin production, leading to dark patches. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: The Complete Guide to Treating Hyperpigmentation," 22 Oct. 2020 The cleanser contains AHAs, or alpha hydroxy acids, which essentially are a gentle way to remove dead skin cells and help reduce the appearance of fine lines. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "24 of the best products for men’s skin care, according to experts," 14 Sep. 2020 Many products contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to slough away pore cloggers and exfoliate the top layer of your skin, but these can be irritating. Audrey Noble, Seventeen, "How to Figure Out Your Skin Type—And Why You Should Care," 26 Oct. 2020 With a heavy focus on chemcial exfoliation, every single product in the line features alpha hydroxy acids or other brightening ingredients. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Nudestix Launches Nudeskin, the Skin-Care Answer to No-Makeup Makeup," 7 Oct. 2020 La Base Pro Pore Eraser Mattifying Primer by Lancôme, and an exfoliating cleanser, like the Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser with alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids. Donna Freydkin, Allure, "Curtain Bangs Are Trending — Here's How to Wear Them," 18 Sep. 2020 Try an exfoliating gel mask with alpha-hydroxy acids that refreshes your skin in minutes. Megan Deem, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Ultimate 4-Step Facial You Can Do at Home," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of hydroxy

1812, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hydroxy

International Scientific Vocabulary, from hydroxyl

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The first known use of hydroxy was in 1812

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5 Dec 2020

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“Hydroxy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydroxy. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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hy·​droxy | \ hī-ˈdräk-sē How to pronounce hydroxy (audio) \

Medical Definition of hydroxy

: being or containing hydroxyl especially : containing hydroxyl in place of hydrogen often used in combination hydroxybutyric acid

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