In cosmetics, Malic Acid is categorized as an alpha-hydroxy organic acid. This is a term that describes fruit acids which are included in many beauty treatments, cleansers, creams and lotions. They are used mainly because of their exfoliating ability and because they act as mild chemical face peels revealing firmer, younger skin. Malic Acid is also able to increase cellular action and energy. The skin appears fresher and the depth of wrinkles are less.
Other Names: Hydrozybutanedioic acid, DL-Malic acid
Appearance: Crystalline powder or crystals, colorless.
INCI Name: Malic Acid
Solubility: Insoluble in water.
Natural or Synthetic: Natural, Malic Acid is also naturally occurring in many vegetables and fruits and an exceptional high amount being in apples, grapes, cranberries and cucumbers.
Recommended Retest or Shelf Life: 1 Year
Storage: Cool Dark Dry, Tightly Closed.
Not for Ingestion. As with any acid, too much can burn. There can be permanent or temporary discoloration and scarring. The skin will be more susceptible to the elements and to any airborne dirt or irritants and so must be protected. May irritate eyes and mucous membranes and so avoid these areas.