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Phytic Acid

What-it-does: 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

Revolution Skincare Combination Skin Intense Peeling Solution Revolution Skincare Dry Skin Intense Peeling Solution Sarah Chapman Liquid Facial Resurfacer Glymed Plus Living Cell Clarifier Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Exfoliating Acid Potion Revolution Skincare Combination Skin Peeling Solution LANCER Caviar Lime Acid Peel Obagi Nu-Derm Exfoderm Peter Thomas Roth Peptide 21 Amino Acid Exfoliating Peel Pads Pharmaclinix Lightenex Gold Serum Pharmaclinix Lightenex Gold Serum Augustinus Bader The Exfoliating Toner Goop Beauty G.Tox Malachite And Aha Purifying Tonic 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 Filorga Filorga Skin Perfusion P-Bright Serum KERSTIN FLORIAN Correcting At-Home Professional Peel KERSTIN FLORIAN Correcting Refining Toner SKOON Wow-Wow-Wonder Hydrating Serum 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 Garden of Wisdom Pha Plus Serum Garden of Wisdom Pha Plus Serum Kate Somerville Detox Daily Cleanser Kate Somerville Liquid Exfolikate Skinkissed Face Serum Advanced Clinicals 10% Glycolic Serum Alphascience Phytic [TC] Serum Beauty Counter Countertime Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence BeautyRX Essential 8% Exfoliating Serum Biologique Recherche Eau Micellaire Biosensible Dr. Brandt Skincare Dark Spots No More® Triple Acid Spot Minimizing Concentrate Image Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque Kinky Curly Come Clean Shampoo Lidherma Specific Peeling Blend Mesoestetic Melanogel Antispot Cream Reform Skincare Glycolic Acid Wash Reventin Clinical Results 5-In-1 Vitamin C + Bulgarian Rose Brightening Booster Serum Beauty Counter Countermatch Intense Moisture Serum Beauty Glam Clear Skin Serum Dermalogica Age Bright Clearing Serum Ghost Democracy Floodgate Hyaluronic Acid Serum Mesoestetic Dermamelan Masque