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Malic Acid

What-it-does: exfoliant, buffering

Official CosIng Information


Malic acid comes from apple and is an AHA. If these magic three letters don’t tell you anything, click here and read our detailed description on glycolic acid, the most famous AHA. 

So malic acid is an exfoliant, that can - just like other AHAs - gently lift off the dead skin cells of your skin and make it more smooth and fresh.

There is not much research out there about malic acid itself. We could find one comparative study, that compared the effectiveness of glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid and malic acid. The first two ones were the winners while malic and citric acid were less effective.

Show me some proof

  • International Journal of Cosmetic Science, , Volume 18 (2) – Apr 1, 1996, Comparative effectiveness of α‐hydroxy acids on skin properties

Products with Malic Acid

Indeed Labs Exfoliator II PMD Refinish Acid Serum Truth treatments Aha Energizing Mineral Exfoliator™ Bakel Malic Lightening and Renewing Serum SR-Skincare Mandelic Acid Peel Bakel Even Renewing Serum Cellex-C Betaplex Line Smoother Kinship Insta Swipe Lemon Honey Aha Pads Montarbo Skincare Advanced Lactic Brightening Treatment Youth To The People Superfood Firm And Brighten Serum Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant MUAC Fade Peel Makeup Artist's Choice Fade Peel - Skin Whitening, Brightening Trader Joe's Blueberry & Acai Facial Scrub Boyzz Only No Nonsense Detangler Cellex-C Betaplex Fresh Complexion Mist Florence by Mills Clean Magic Face Wash Skincerely Yours 'Get The Glow' Toner Bakel Gentle Wash Soothing Cleansing Gel Cellex-C Betaplex New Complexion Cream First Aid Beauty Skin Lab Resurfacing Liquid 10% Aha John Frieda Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Semi-Permanent Styling Spray Maelove The Refresher Triple Aha Cleanser NCN PRO SKINCARE Multi-Acid Cleansing Gel Paula's Choice Resist Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% Aha Biophyto-genesis Composite Acid Extract FÜNFSINNE Multi Tonic 6% Aha Gesichtswasser Und Peeling Noreva Alpha Km Body Firming Care Plunkett's Ns-8 Heel Balm Complex RAU Aha Tonic Tarte Knockout Tingling Treatment Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser Aloesove Żel Face Wash Gel Balea Porenfein Waschgel Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 W Celeteque Brightening Alcohol-Free Toner Dermadoctor Kakadu C Brightening Daily Cleanser Meishoku Detclear Bright & Peel Hot Cleansing Gel Cream Renee Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel Sandra Lee MD BP Body Wash discipline Night Shift Cleanser + Cloth Arcona Raspberry Resurfacing Peel Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 Cosmedix Define Age-Defying Treatment Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 25% Aha + 2% Bha Exfoliant Peel Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 25% Aha + 2% Bha Exfoliant Peel Rosette Peeling Gel (Blue) Uriage Hyseac 3 Regul Global Skin Care Oily Skins With Blemishes Uriage Hyséac K18 Bioelements Kerofole