Save 20% Storewide use code FALL20 | Details »
The Fall Forecast is in | g2g »

Malic Acid

Malic acid is an acid found naturally in foods, especially unripe fruits. It was first isolated from fruit juice, and one of the best sources of this naturally-occurring acid is apples. It’s malic acid that gives green apples their tart taste. Malic acid is also found in a number of other fruits and vegetables and wine. As fruits ripen, the malic acid they contain is converted to lactic acid, which makes the fruit less tart.

Because of its tartness, malic acid is used to flavor some food and confectionary products, particularly sour candies. Some candies that contain large amounts of malic acid have a warning label on their boxes since malic acid is so tart it can cause mouth irritation. Malic acid is also used to flavor a variety of other foods including yogurt, fruit-flavored drinks, jams, jellies and ice cream Because of malic acid’s sour flavor, it’s usually blended with other acids and sugar to reduce its tartness. Malic acid also helps to block the growth of bacteria in food products, giving them a longer shelf life.

more information

Malic acid is also found inside cells where it’s an important intermediate for the production of cellular energy. A combination of malic acid and magnesium is available as a treatment for the symptoms of fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by muscle pain and generalized fatigue. Because of its involvement in cellular energy production, it helps to boost the energy level of people with this condition. It also appears to have a blood pressure-lowering effect and the ability to bind to heavy metals and remove them from the body. Malic acid is also important for oral hygiene. It stimulates the production of saliva, helping to reduce the risk of dental caries and gum disease.

Malic acid is also an ingredient in a number of cosmetic and personal care products. Some products that contain malic acid include shampoos, hair conditioners, facial moisturizers, anti-aging treatments and nail products. One of its functions in these products is to adjust the pH or acid-base balance of products. Products work best when they’re at a certain pH and adding malic acid helps to achieve this optimal acid-base balance.

One of the functions of Malic Acid is to adjust the pH or acid-base balance of products.

This acid with the naturally tart taste is also classified as an alpha hydroxy acid. Alpha hydroxy acids are added to anti-aging skin care products and moisturizers because of their ability to improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Alpha hydroxy acids like malic acid promote shedding of the outer layer of cells of the epidermis by loosening the "glue" that holds them together. This helps to thin the epidermis, which improves skin texture and the ability of skin to reflect light.

Alpha hydroxy acids can also penetrate more deeply into the skin and boost collagen production in the dermis, the deeper layer of skin that lies beneath the epidermis. Collagen is a protein that supports skin and prevents wrinkling and skin laxity. Therefore, alpha hydroxy acids like malic acid have anti-aging benefits. They also help to lighten skin pigmentation and improve the symptoms of acne. Other alpha hydroxy acids include glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, tartaric acid and mandaleic acid.

Malic Acid helps to improve skin texture, unclog pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Like other alpha hydroxy acids, malic acid is used as a skin peeling agent to help rejuvenate skin. Malic acid peels help to remove dead skin cells in the outer layer of skin that make it look dull and less youthful. These peels are also beneficial for unclogging pores and treating acne, although they’re not as effective as another class of acids called beta hydroxy acids.

Since malic acid is found naturally in fruits, it appears to be safe in the amounts found in cosmetic and personal care products. When used orally as a supplement, it can cause mild stomach upset and bloating. In cosmetics and skin care products where it’s applied topically, malic acid may cause skin irritation and redness, especially for people with sensitive skin.

In summary, malic acid is a safe, naturally-occurring acid found in some cosmetic and anti-aging products that helps to improve skin texture, unclog pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

  

Malic Acid Products

Sort results by:
Display:        
Designed to help support and maintain healthy hair, skin and nails.
$32.00
2oz | PI030
In Stock
 
Styling gel delivers light hold for a naturally defined look.
$20.00
8oz | BIL046
In Stock
 
Gently exfoliates the skin as it moisturizes and conditions.
$20.00
7oz | PY1206
Out of Stock
 
The original Mama Lotion formula back by popular demand.
$39.50
1oz | ML007
In Stock
This set is guaranteed to make you look like you're cut from royalty in no time.
$25.00
BIL043
In Stock
 
Gently cleanses, conditions and softens skin and hair.
$24.00
16oz | PY1194
In Stock
 
This supplement helps to relieve feelings of stress and anxiety.
$40.00
14 Stick Packets | DY006
In Stock
 
This lip balm deeply moisturizes, soothes, protects and prevents cold sore occurrence.
$15.00
0.34oz | WA030
In Stock
Dry oil formula absorbs instantly and leaves skin lightly scented.
$26.00
5.8oz | PY1053
In Stock
 
Best for gently removing dead surface skin cells, dirt and related grime.
$65.00 $101.40 value
33.8oz | BIL040
In Stock
 
A gentle, moisturizing daily cleanser for normal to dry skin.
$65.00 $84.50 value
33.8oz | BIL039
In Stock
 
A luxurious milk cleanser rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 and skin-brightening botanicals.
$52.00
4.2oz | EH003
In Stock
Smooth, soften and enhance your complexion.
$38.50
4.5oz | FL024
In Stock
 
3-in-1 shower gel with a rich, foaming lather and an etheral, clean scent.
$24.00
16oz | PY1057
In Stock
 
A long-lasting cleansing bar that gently cleanses while combating excess oil.
$15.00
4.5oz | ZH031
Out of Stock
 
All the anti-aging benefits of miracle worker moisturizer in a lightweight, oil-free formula.
$59.00
1.7 oz | PY1051
No Longer Available
This product delivers a stronger peel without risk of irritation or recovery time.
$145.00 $176.00 value
60 applications | DG144
In Stock
 
Stimulate new skin cells and restore healthiness to your skin.
$72.00
30ml | CL014
In Stock
 
Prepares teeth for advanced whitening while aiding in the prevention of plaque and gum disease.
$16.00
16oz | SR018
In Stock
 
Improve your skin's health from the inside out with these supplements.
REG $32.00  NOW $22.40
90 Capsules | PO015
In Stock
The skin clarifying, anti-aging concentrate that deeply cleanses and gently exfoliates.
$65.00
1.7oz | TM002
In Stock
 
The well known Alpha Beta Peel is now available in a stronger solution without risk of irritation.
$86.00
30 Applications | DG136
In Stock
 
Reduce wrinkles, break outs and even out skin tone in one step.
$50.00
1.7oz | ML002
In Stock
 
The Complexion Savior that resurfaces and purifies the skin.
$90.00
1.67oz | TM003
In Stock
Display:        

Sale — While They Last »
Smart Shopping — Beauty Center
Cucumber – Key Ingredient
FREE Ceramide Set ($79 Value). Details »
FREE Pro–Collagen Marine Cream ($30 Value). Details »
Skin Care Regimen »
My Payment Methods — Easily Pay on the Go »

help

about

share

HACKER SAFE certified sites prevent over 99.9% of hacker crime.
BBBOnLine Reliability Seal
TRUSTe online privacy certification
Stella Service
SEE ALL    
SEE ALL