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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

Beauty Counter Reflect Effect AHA Smoothing Mask Medix 5.5 Booster Serum 20% AHA/PHA Revolution Skincare Combination Skin Intense Peeling Solution Revolution Skincare Dry Skin Intense Peeling Solution Sarah Chapman Liquid Facial Resurfacer Skinclinic Melanyc Beauty Counter All Bright Triple Acid AHA Toner Glymed Plus Living Cell Clarifier Moon Juice Acid Potion Resurfacing Exfoliator Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Exfoliating Acid Potion Onekind Radical Repair 20% Skin Renewal Pro-mask Revolution Skincare Combination Skin Peeling Solution Eneomey Light Renew Gel FCL Fixderma Penta Peel Pads Farmona Professional New Eye Contour Revitalizing Eye Contour Peel Glymed Plus Derma Skin Brightener 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 Scandinavian Biolabs Eyelash Growth Serum+ SkinMedica Even & Correct Advanced Brightening Treatment Stacked skincare Hydrating Lip Peel TOŁPA Dermo Face Sebio Max Efect Peeling Scrub Mask The Inkey List Phytic Acid Serum Tru Alchemy Spot Check Yuderma Melarid Depigmenting Serum e'clat superior Fadeout Serum Augustinus Bader The Essence Augustinus Bader The Exfoliating Toner Dermalogica Liquid Peelfoliant Devine Derriere Radical Dark Spot Remover Cream 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% Medix 5.5 Booster Serum 3% Hyaluronic Acid Mesoestetic Brightening Peel Booster MyCli Soft Peel - Complesso Rivitalizzante Epidermico The Ordinary Behentrimonium Chloride 2% Conditioner The derma CO 10% PHA Face Serum With Gluconolactone & Hyaluronic Acid Urban Skin Rx Clear & Even Tone Clarifying Glycolic Pads (2021) Urban Skin Rx Even Tone Resurfacing At Home Peel Pads BeautyRx Skincare Advanced Exfoliating Therapy Pads Bravura London Salicylic Acid 2% Peel Derma E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water Filorga Laboratories Filorga Skin Perfusion P-Bright Serum KERSTIN FLORIAN Correcting At-Home Professional Peel