A moisturizing and skin conditioning agent. Supposedly a natural source of and substitute for glycolic acid.
Ingredients like sugarcane extract, fruit extracts, mixed fruit extracts, and milk solids may claim an association with alpha hydroxy acids, but they are not the same thing nor do they have the same beneficial effect on skin. While glycolic acid can come from sugarcane, it won’t give you the same results. The original forms of these extracts do not have the same effect as the ingredients that are derived from them. The same is true for lactic acid, derived from milk. Milk isn’t acidic as lactic acid. There is a vast difference between the extracted, pure ingredient and the original form of the source material.