Citric Acid

Our database includes 7180 products that contain Citric Acid.

Rating: Mixed

Written by Jacob Laboissonniere | Last updated July 10, 2023 | Published May 22, 2020

You should know

What it is



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Citric Acid is an AHA derived from citrus fruits (think oranges, lemons, and limes!).

If you spot Citric Acid near the end of an ingredient list, it's likely there as a pH adjuster rather than an active ingredient.

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:

People also like: Glycerin, Parfum, Water

People also dislike: Parfum, Niacinamide, Glycerin

Citric Acid is a common cosmetic ingredient, with about 27.9% of the products in our database containing it.

What it does:

Masking, Buffering

Community Stats

1176 people from our community have liked or disliked this ingredient.

Users who like it 💖

Often have the following skin types:

Oily Combination

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Oiliness • Dark Spots • Pores • Dullness

Users who dislike it 💔

Often have the following skin types:

Sensitive Dry

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Sensitivity • Dryness • Redness • Fungal Acne

Where it's used

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

Of the 6 products in our database that have a known concentration of Citric Acid, we've seen concentrations from 0.01% to 7% 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.