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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 Uriage Hyséac Deep Pore-cleansing Lotion Bakel Even Renewing Serum Cellex-C Betaplex Line Smoother Kinship Insta Swipe Lemon Honey Aha Pads Montarbo Skincare Advanced Lactic Brightening Treatment My Sezione Aurea Nicla Exfoliating Night Booster Youth To The People Superfood Firm And Brighten Serum Biotrade Melabel Whitening Toner Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant Dermalogica Thermafoliant Body Scrub (6 Fl Oz) MUAC Fade Peel Makeup Artist's Choice Fade Peel - Skin Whitening, Brightening Trader Joe's Blueberry & Acai Facial Scrub Uriage Hyséac Purifying Toner Boyzz Only No Nonsense Detangler Cellex-C Betaplex Fresh Complexion Mist Florence by Mills Clean Magic Face Wash Mumuso Aloe Soothing Exfoliating Gel Skincerely Yours 'Get The Glow' Toner The Go Glass Toner Bakel Gentle Wash Soothing Cleansing Gel Cellex-C Betaplex New Complexion Cream First Aid Beauty Skin Lab Resurfacing Liquid 10% Aha Glo Skin Beauty Pro 5 Liquid Exfoliant Huggies Simply Clean Wipes Insta Natural 7% Glycolic Aha Toner John Frieda Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Semi-Permanent Styling Spray Junglück AHA Peeling Maelove The Refresher Triple Aha Cleanser Marti Derm Night Renew Ampollas Meishoku Placenta Medicated Whitening Essence Eye Cream NCN PRO SKINCARE Multi-Acid Cleansing Gel Paula's Choice Resist Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% Aha TianDe Ultra Antioxidant Facial Peel BOSCIA Berry Blend Smoothing Facial With 28% Acid Complex Biophyto-genesis Composite Acid Extract Budgie Tingle-bell Exfoliating Face Mask Celavive Perfecting Toner FÜNFSINNE Multi Tonic 6% Aha Gesichtswasser Und Peeling IDUN Minerals Cleansing Face & Eye Mousse Noreva Alpha Km Body Firming Care Plunkett's Ns-8 Heel Balm Complex