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Malic Acid

What-it-does: exfoliant, buffering


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 Indeed Labs Exfoliator II - Facial Powder Exfoliator PMD Refinish Acid Serum Truth treatments Aha Energizing Mineral Exfoliator™ Bakel Malic Lightening and Renewing Serum Revamp Aesthetics Revamp Active Exfoliating Vitamin Crystals SR-Skincare Mandelic Acid Peel Sallve Tônico Renovador Skoah. Glow Tonik Uriage Hyséac Deep Pore-cleansing Lotion Bakel Even Renewing Serum Bliss of earth Aloe Vera Gel Cellex-C Betaplex Line Smoother Dear Face Supra Glow Brightening Serum Hyfac Cleansing Foam With AHA Kadus professional Lightplex Bond Retention Mask Kinship Insta Swipe Lemon Honey Aha Pads Montarbo Skincare Advanced Lactic Brightening Treatment My Sezione Aurea Nicla Exfoliating Night Booster Sonbahyu Mild Acid Hair Rinse Refill Item No. (0307] Tuel C Power Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum Youth To The People Superfood Firm And Brighten Serum Biotrade Melabel Whitening Toner Brilliant Skin Essentials Brilliant Aha Face & Body Surfacing Serum Clinicians Complex Acne Toner Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant Dermalogica Thermafoliant Body Scrub (6 Fl Oz) Glytone Enhance Brightening Cleansing Powder MUAC Fade Peel Makeup Artist's Choice Fade Peel - Skin Whitening, Brightening Q+A Apple AHA Exfoliating Gel TOOLS by Gabriela Salvete Hyaluronic Acid Serum Trader Joe's Blueberry & Acai Facial Scrub Uriage Hyséac Purifying Toner Best Face Forward Balancing Serum Boyzz Only No Nonsense Detangler Cellex-C Betaplex Fresh Complexion Mist Dr. Spiller AHA Ginkgosome Gel Florence by Mills Clean Magic Face Wash Mumuso Aloe Soothing Exfoliating Gel PelicanSoap Peach Hip Care Soap Rude Oh Wow Miracle Toner Skincerely Yours 'Get The Glow' Toner The Go Glass Toner Uriage New Skin Serum Wella Professionals Colormotion+ Structure+Mask Bakel Gentle Wash Soothing Cleansing Gel Cellex-C Betaplex New Complexion Cream Consonant Maximum Glycolic Meta Serum Deconstruct Exfoliating Serum - 18% AHA + 2% BHA(Salicylic Acid)