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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

Revolution Skincare Combination Skin Intense Peeling Solution Revolution Skincare Dry Skin Intense Peeling Solution Sarah Chapman Liquid Facial Resurfacer Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Exfoliating Acid Potion Revolution Skincare Combination Skin Peeling Solution Obagi Nu-Derm Exfoderm Peter Thomas Roth Peptide 21 Amino Acid Exfoliating Peel Pads Pharmaclinix Lightenex Gold Serum Pharmaclinix Lightenex Gold Serum 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 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 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 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 Mesoestetic Melanogel Antispot Cream 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 Novexpert Smoothing Toning Mist With Hyaluronic Acid OLEHENRIKSEN Glow2Oh Dark Spot Toner OXY Maximum Action 3 In 1 Acne Treatment Pads Sesderma Kojicol Plus Gel 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