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Malic Acid in Cosmetics

Malic acid is solely found in fruit and vegetables, most commonly in apples and pears, and has become a staple ingredient for many beauty products. A form of alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), malic acid is popular in skin care products as well as energy supplements to boost sporting performance.

See our malic acid guide to answer your questions like what are the skin care benefits of malic acid and is malic acid safe to take during pregnancy.

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Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 25% AHA + 2% BHA Exfoliant Peel
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First Aid Beauty Skin Lab Resurfacing Liquid 10% AHA
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Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant
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$42.00
-25%
Lierac Lumilogie Day & Night Double Concentrate Serum
Lierac Lumilogie Day & Night Double Concentrate Serum
$33.00 $43.80
-23%
Dermalogica Thermafoliant Body Scrub
Dermalogica Thermafoliant Body Scrub
$35.90 $46.10
-21%
KMS Moist Repair Shampoo
KMS Moist Repair Shampoo
$31.50 $39.40
-19%
Herbivore Prism Exfoliating Glow Serum
Herbivore Prism Exfoliating Glow Serum
$54.00 $66.30
-13%
Paula's Choice Resist Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA
Paula's Choice Resist Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA
$38.00 $43.50
-16%
Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist
Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist
$34.00 $40.10
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Dermalogica AGE Bright Spot Fader
Dermalogica AGE Bright Spot Fader
$51.00 $52.00
The Ordinary The Balance Set
The Ordinary The Balance Set
$31.80
Kiehl's Rice & Wheat Volumizing Conditioning Rinse
Kiehl's Rice & Wheat Volumizing Conditioning Rinse
$24.00
KMS Add Volume Leave-In Conditioner
KMS Add Volume Leave-In Conditioner
$22.43
Elemental Herbology Perfect Balance Facial Moisturizer SPF 12
Elemental Herbology Perfect Balance Facial Moisturizer SPF 12
$60.80
KMS ThermaShape Quick Blow Dry
KMS ThermaShape Quick Blow Dry
$21.11
Kérastase Resistance Masque Extentioniste
Kérastase Resistance Masque Extentioniste
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KMS Tame Frizz Shampoo
KMS Tame Frizz Shampoo
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Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel
$17.00
KMS Head Remedy Deep Cleanse Shampoo
KMS Head Remedy Deep Cleanse Shampoo
$21.41
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel
$17.00
KMS Add Volume Shampoo
KMS Add Volume Shampoo
$20.90
Natura Bissé Glyco Extreme Peel
Natura Bissé Glyco Extreme Peel
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KMS Color Vitality Blonde Shampoo
KMS Color Vitality Blonde Shampoo
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Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion
Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion
$45.00
Wishful Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub
Wishful Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub
$21.00
Wishful Clean Genie Cleansing Butter
Wishful Clean Genie Cleansing Butter
$35.00
Milk Makeup Melatonin Overnight Lip Mask
Milk Makeup Melatonin Overnight Lip Mask
$25.00
Wishful Yo Detox Face & Body Enzyme Scrub
Wishful Yo Detox Face & Body Enzyme Scrub
$39.00
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Professional Grade Resurfacing Liquid Peel
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Professional Grade Resurfacing Liquid Peel
$95.00
Cowshed Exfoliate Dual Action Body Scrub
Cowshed Exfoliate Dual Action Body Scrub
$30.00
-7%
The Ordinary The Daily Set
The Ordinary The Daily Set
$17.75 $19.00
Murad Replenishing Multi Acid Peel
Murad Replenishing Multi Acid Peel
$57.00
-27%
Goldwell Dualsenses Color Brilliance Serum Spray
Goldwell Dualsenses Color Brilliance Serum Spray
$12.70 $17.33
-48%
Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage
Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage
$25.45 $48.60
-1%
Dermalogica Age Smart Age Defense Gift Set
Dermalogica Age Smart Age Defense Gift Set
$63.40 $64.00
Elemental Herbology Moisture Milk Ultra Light Facial Hydrator
Elemental Herbology Moisture Milk Ultra Light Facial Hydrator
$55.05
Florence by Mills Clean Magic Face Wash
Florence by Mills Clean Magic Face Wash
$7.00
Moroccanoil Mending Infusion
Moroccanoil Mending Infusion
$28.00
Natura Bissé Facial Cleansing Gel With AHA
Natura Bissé Facial Cleansing Gel With AHA
$60.00
Elemental Herbology Bio Cellular Super Cleanse
Elemental Herbology Bio Cellular Super Cleanse
$52.00
Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream
Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream
$22.00
-11%
IMAGE Skincare Ageless Total Anti-Aging Serum
IMAGE Skincare Ageless Total Anti-aging Serum
$69.95 $78.00
-5%
IMAGE Skincare Body Spa Exfoliating Body Scrub
IMAGE Skincare Body Spa Exfoliating Body Scrub
$32.00 $33.55
Farsali Skin Tune Blur
Farsali Skin Tune Blur
$15.00
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer
$68.00
Omorovicza Complexion Perfector SPF 20 Lotion
Omorovicza Complexion Perfector SPF 20 Lotion
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Balance Me Glowing Skin Edit
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Malic Acid

Frequently Asked Questions about Malic Acid products

What are the skin care benefits of malic acid?

If you were to scour the ingredients list of every anti-aging and wrinkle-defying product on the market, the majority of them would include malic acid. It was discovered in the early 2000s that malic acid increases collagen production and reverses the negative effects of excessive sunlight.

Is malic acid safe to take during pregnancy?

Because malic acid is naturally sourced, it's unlikely to be harmful in any circumstance. However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should consult your doctor if you are unsure about taking supplements.

Who should use malic acid beauty products?

The potency and flexibility of malic acid has made it a valuable ingredient for many cosmetics companies. It is a key component for anyone hoping to hydrate their complexion and soften the effects of aging skin. This ingredient can be found in skin care products such as cleansers, night creams and serums. It's also popular with sportspeople who are looking for an extra energy boost before an event.

How often should I be using malic acid beauty products?

There have been no restrictions set on the intake of malic acid, so you are free to use it as much as you like. Of course, the extent of the ingredient's effects aren't fully known, so it's probably best to speak to your doctor before taking supplements with it in for a prolonged period of time.

What other ingredients go well with malic acid?

Considering malic acid is typically used in anti-aging products, it's no surprise that it's commonly teamed up with multiple vitamins that combine to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin. Studies have shown that it also goes well with citric acid, so fruit-based products are often rife with malic acid.

Luke Chapman

Written by Luke Chapman, Beauty Editor

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