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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

SR-Skincare Mandelic Acid Peel Youth To The People Age Prevention Serum Youth To The People Superfood Firm And Brighten Serum Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant Boyzz Only No Nonsense Detangler Florence by Mills Clean Magic Face Wash Skincerely Yours 'Get The Glow' Toner First Aid Beauty Skin Lab Resurfacing Liquid 10% Aha Paula's Choice Resist Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% Aha FÜNFSINNE Multi Tonic 6% Aha Gesichtswasser Und Peeling RAU Aha Tonic Tarte Knockout Tingling Treatment Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser Aloesove Żel Face Wash Gel Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 W Dermadoctor Kakadu C Brightening Daily Cleanser Meishoku Detclear Bright & Peel Hot Cleansing Gel Cream Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 Cosmedix Define Age-Defying Treatment Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 V Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel Murad Replenishing Multi-Acid Peel Secret Key Hyaluron Soft Micro-Peel Toner Cosmedix Defy Triple Hydroxy Acid Derma E Overnight Peel Formula 10.0.6 Be Berry Radiant Dermadoctor Kakadu C Intensive Vitamin C Peel Pad With Ferulic Acid & Vitamin E Dermalogica Age Bright Spot Fader Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion MUAC AHA Hand And Body Lotion PACKage I Love Myself Make Up Boosting Mask MARTIDERM Hidra Firming Body Lotion OSSOLA Skincare Bbsoft Aha Creme The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser Vaunt Skincare Multi Vitamin Hydrator Manyo Factory Galactomy Clearskin Aha/Bha Exfoliation Toner Valmont Hydra3 Regenetic Serum Ahava Dead Sea Crystal Osmoter X6 Marcelle Hydractive 24H Day & Night Moisturizing Gel Cream (Dry Skin) Brickell Men's Products Smooth Brushless Shave Cream For Men Farmacy Green Screen Spf 30 Kate Somerville Liquid Exfolikate Skinfood Egg White Pore Hot Steam Pack Brickell Instant Relief Aftershave Lierac Radiance Toning Lotion The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser Some By Mi Aha, Bha, Pha 30 Days Miracle Serum Signature Club A 5 Essentials Crème With Plant Stem Cells