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Phytic Acid

What-it-does: skin brightening, chelating

Official CosIng Information


Though its name says acid, it's not really an exfoliant. It's a plant extract with some antioxidant properties. Its main thing in cosmetic products is to neutralize the metal ions in the formula (that usually get into there from water) that would otherwise cause some not so nice changes.  It's a natural alternative to sometimes bad-mouthed chelating agents, EDTAs.

Show me some proof

  • Khemis, Abdallah, et al. "A randomized controlled study to evaluate the depigmenting activity of l‐ascorbic acid plus phytic acid–serum vs. placebo on solar lentigines." Journal of cosmetic dermatology 10.4 (2011): 266-272.
  • Sarkar, Rashmi, et al. "Comparative evaluation of efficacy and tolerability of glycolic acid, salicylic mandelic acid, and phytic acid combination peels in melasma." Dermatologic Surgery 42.3 (2016): 384-391.

Products with Phytic Acid

Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Exfoliating Acid Potion PCA Skin Nu-Derm Exfoderm Peter Thomas Roth Peptide 21 Amino Acid Exfoliating Peel Pads Lixir Night Switch Pha/Aha 10% Urban Skin Rx Clear & Even Tone Clarifying Glycolic Pads BeautyRx Skincare Advanced Exfoliating Therapy Pads Derma E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water Beauty Counter Countermatch Hydra-Gel Radiance Toner Bulldog Energising Moisturiser Dermaceutic Light Ceutic Dermaceutic Light Ceutic Garden of Wisdom Pha Plus Serum Garden of Wisdom Pha Plus Serum Kate Somerville Detox Daily Cleanser Kate Somerville Liquid Exfolikate Beauty Counter Countertime Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence BeautyRX Essential 8% Exfoliating Serum Dr. Brandt Skincare Dark Spots No More® Triple Acid Spot Minimizing Concentrate Image Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque Kinky Curly Come Clean Shampoo Mesoestetic Melanogel Antispot Cream Reventin Clinical Results 5-In-1 Vitamin C + Bulgarian Rose Brightening Booster Serum Beauty Counter Countermatch Intense Moisture Serum Dermalogica Age Bright Clearing Serum Ghost Democracy Floodgate Hyaluronic Acid Serum Mesoestetic Dermamelan Masque OLEHENRIKSEN Glow2Oh Dark Spot Toner SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight Superdrug Deep Action Bha, Aha, Pha & Lactic Acid Skin Brightening Solution Tarte Knockout Tingling Treatment Tarte Youth Or Dare™ Multi-Acid & C Serum Zelens Z Lumious Brightening Serum Beauty Counter Counterman Oil-Free Face Lotion Beauty Counter Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 Pigm 400 DR ROEBUCK’S Nuddy Avon Ageless Results Nightly Nutrient Peel Beautycounter Countermatch Pure Calm Cleansing Milk Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 W Dr Botanicals Hemp Super Concentrated Rescue Essence Serum Helena Rubinstein Re-Plasty High Definition Peel Kiehl’s Herbal-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water Maelove One Cream Beauty Counter Countertime Tripeptide Radiance Serum Beautycounter Countertime Tripeptide Radiance Serum BellEvolve Vitamin C 20% Professional Serum + Phytic Acid Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 V Dermalogica C-12 Pure Bright Serum Dr Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Mist Perfect Skin Set & Refresh