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Lactobionic Acid

Also-called-like-this: PHA
What-it-does: exfoliant, buffering

Official CosIng Information


Lactobionic acid is the brother or maybe the sister of gluconolactone. Usually, it’s called a PHA, though some studies call it bionic acid or aldobionic acid. Not that this matters too much. What matters is that it’s similarly awesome to gluconolactone. So go read about gluconolactone to get the idea.

In a nutshell,  it’s a next generation AHA, with almost all the benefits and more and without the irritation. It gently lifts off dead skin cells and makes your skin smooth and even. It moisturizes and helps the skin barrier. Can be used on sensitive skin too or post cosmetic procedure.  In the long run, it has anti-aging benefits (though a tad less than AHAs), and it’s even an antioxidant.  

Must try, just like the other AHAs. 

Show me some proof

  • Cutis.,2004 Feb;73(2 Suppl):3-13., The use of polyhydroxy acids (PHAs) in photoaged skin.
  • Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Volume 4 (1) – Jan 1, 2005, After 30 years … the future of hydroxyacids
  • Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Volume 3 (2) – Apr 1, 2004, Alpha‐hydroxyacids and carboxylic acids

Products with a known amount of Lactobionic Acid

Other products with Lactobionic Acid

Bakel Lactobionic Anti-Age Serum MZ Skin Radiance & Renewal Instant Clarity Refining Mask Neostrata Reactive Skin Neutralizing Serum Umoua Complex 3 Hydroxy Acids Serum Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Mask Dr.magic Aha Intensive Renewal Serum Geek & Gorgeous Calm Down 4% Pha + Bha Liquid Neostrata Bionic Face Serum 10 Bionic Neutrea Summer Peel Omorovicza Blue Diamond Resurfacing Peel Benton PHA Peeling Toner KARMAMEJU Deep / 'Pha' Peeling Mask 03 Lixir Night Switch Pha/Aha 10% Neostrata Bionic Face Cream Biophyto-genesis Composite Acid Extract Exuviance Vespera Bionic Serum Garden of Wisdom Pha Plus Serum Garden of Wisdom Pha Plus Serum Neostrata Bionic Lotion Neostrata Bionic Lotion -15 Bionic/Pha Skincity Luminous Licorice Toner 365 Skin Workout Essentials Active Toner Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex TIA'M Aura Milk Face Peeling Toner Ziaja Manuka Tree Face Toner Neostrata Foaming Glycolic Wash Neostrata Glycolic Mousse Cleanser Zelens Pha+ Bio-Peel Resurfacing Facial Pads innisfree Daily Refining Serum With Green Barley IOPE Urban Aging™ Corrector Jung Saem Mool Minifying Boosting Toner Bamford Refining Exfoliator COSRX One Step Green Hero Calming Pad Dr. Medica Dermatological Anti-Acne Face Cream Exuviance Antiredness Calming Serum Neogen Real Cica Micellar Cleansing Foam Neostrata Daytime Protection Cream Spf 23 Ziaja Manuka Tree Cleansing Gel Neogen Dermalogy Real Cica Pad Neostrata Bionic Eye Cream Plus Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher TIA'M AC Fighting AHA BHA PHA Toner innisfree Derma Formula Peeling Cream African Botanics Buchu Botanical Enzyme Polish Exuviance Bionic Oxygen Facial EXUVIANCE BY NEOSTRATA Sheer Daily Protector Spf 50 Neostrata Sheer Physical Protection Spf 50 Neostrata Sheer Physical Protection Spf 50 Pa++++ 365 Skin Workout Essentials Multicleanse Luxe organix AHA BHA Miracle Toner