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Phytic Acid

What-it-does: chelating


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

Revolution Skincare Combination Skin Intense Peeling Solution Revolution Skincare Dry Skin Intense Peeling Solution Sarah Chapman Liquid Facial Resurfacer Skinclinic Melanyc Glymed Plus Living Cell Clarifier Moon Juice Acid Potion Resurfacing Exfoliator Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Exfoliating Acid Potion Revolution Skincare Combination Skin Peeling Solution FCL Fixderma Penta Peel Pads LANCER Caviar Lime Acid Peel Obagi Nu-Derm Exfoderm Olga Lorencin Skin Care Deep Detox Facial In A Box Peter Thomas Roth Peptide 21 Amino Acid Exfoliating Peel Pads Pharmaclinix Lightenex Gold Serum Pharmaclinix Lightenex Gold Serum Stacked skincare Hydrating Lip Peel Yuderma Melarid Depigmenting Serum e'clat superior Fadeout Serum Augustinus Bader The Essence Augustinus Bader The Exfoliating Toner Goop Beauty G.Tox Malachite And Aha Purifying Tonic Healer’s Daughter Deep Hydration 3% Hyaluronic Serum ISDIN Melaclear Serum Lixir Night Switch Pha/Aha 10% Mesoestetic Brightening Peel Booster The derma CO 10% PHA Face Serum With Gluconolactone & Hyaluronic Acid Urban Skin Rx Clear & Even Tone Clarifying Glycolic Pads (2021) BeautyRx Skincare Advanced Exfoliating Therapy Pads Derma E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water Filorga Laboratories Filorga Skin Perfusion P-Bright Serum KERSTIN FLORIAN Correcting At-Home Professional Peel KERSTIN FLORIAN Correcting Refining Toner Platinum Skin Care Serum 15 | Glycolic | Mandelic | Phytic | C Rejuva skin Tac Rejuva Formula SKOON Wow-Wow-Wonder Hydrating Serum The Ordinary Hair Care Sulphate 4% Cleanser Advanced Clinicals Rosewater Toner Beauty Counter Countermatch Hydra-Gel Radiance Toner Beauty Glam Vitamin C Serum Bulldog Energising Moisturiser Derma E Vitamin C Instant Radiance Citrus Facial Peel Dermaceutic Light Ceutic Dermaceutic Light Ceutic Eneomey Daylight C20 First Aid Beauty Fab Pharma Calamine Pore Purging Mask Garden of Wisdom Pha Plus Serum Garden of Wisdom Pha Plus Serum Kate Somerville Detox Daily Cleanser Kate Somerville Liquid Exfolikate Kate Somerville Mini Liquid Exfolikate® Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment