Citric Acid

Our database includes 4298 products that contain Citric Acid.

Community rating: Mixed

What it is



Large Pores


Dry Skin

Citric Acid is an AHA derived from citrus fruits (think oranges, lemons, and limes!). A small amount is used in formulas to adjust the pH of products. In higher concentrations, it can exfoliate skin.

As an AHA, Citric Acid removes the top layer of skin cells from the newer layer of skin underneath. This helps skin to remove dark spots and look more even.

Read more about some other popular AHA's here:

Citric Acid is a common cosmetic ingredient, with about 26.5% of the products in our database containing it.

What it does:


Community Data

360 people from our community have liked or disliked this ingredient.

Users who like it 💖

Often have the following skin types:

Combination Oily

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Dullness • Texture • Pores • Fine Lines

Users who dislike it 💔

Often have the following skin types:

Sensitive Dry

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Dryness • Sensitivity • Redness • Hormonal Acne

Where it's used

Citric Acid is most often found as ingredient number 21 within an ingredient list.

Of the 5 products in our database that have a known concentration of Citric Acid, we've seen concentrations from 0.01% to 3.6% specified within their ingredient lists.

These are the categories of products that use Citric Acid the most:

CosIng Data

  • CosIng ID: 32858
  • INN Name: citric acid
  • EC #:  201-069-1
  • Ph. Eur. Name: acidum citricum
  • All Functions: Buffering, Chelating, Masking
What is CosIng?

CosIng is the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients.

SkinSort uses CosIng to source some of it's data on ingredient names and functions.