Citric Acid

Our database has 2896 products that contain Citric Acid.

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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.

Read more about some other popular AHA's here:
* Glycolic Acid
* Lactic Acid
* Malic Acid

Citric Acid is a common cosmetic ingredient, with about 26.79% of the products in our database containing it.

What it does:


At a glance

Here's our breakdown of what exactly Citric Acid is, what it's benefits are, and what it's concerns are.

What it is:

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Form of AHA

AHAs (or Alpha Hydroxy Acids) remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.


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Can worsen Dry Skin

Dry skin is often characterized by redness, itchiness, tightness, flaking, peeling, and cracking. Dryness can be caused by a variety of factors: genetics, over-exfoliating, climate, diet, age, and skin conditions.

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May cause Irritation

Skin irritation can arise from a number of reasons: very dry skin, sensitivity to certain ingredients, allergies, dermatitis, bug bites, eczema, rosacea, and illness are common factors.

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.

It is currently used 26250 times inside of skincare routines on SkinSort.

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.