Folic acid is a form of Vitamin B9. Our bodies use folic acid for creating new cells and for DNA repair.
Folic acid is an antioxidant, making it an effective skin repair ingredient.
In vivo studies show folic acid to increase UV-C induced DNA damage on human fibroblasts. This is because folic acid is effective at rejoining breaks in the fibroblast DNA. It is believed folic acid may play a role in reducing UV-B damage as well. While the mechanisms are unknown, it is believed folic acid plays a role in disrupting the DNA damage process.
Studies show using moisturizers rich in folic acid led to increased hydration of the skin. Hydrated skin is essential for collagen and elastin, or for keeping skin plump. One study found a reduction in wrinkles from using folic acid creams.
Foods rich in folic acid include leafy vegetables, beans, peanuts, fresh fruit, and eggs.
Also known as: Folate , Vitamin B9, and Folacin
Folic Acid is a rare cosmetic ingredient, with about 0.6% of the products in our database containing it.
What it does:
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Where it's used
Folic Acid is most often found as ingredient number 44 within an ingredient list.
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Products with Folic Acid
- CosIng ID: 33946
- INCI Name: FOLIC ACID
- INN Name: folic acid
- EC #: 200-419-0
- Ph. Eur. Name: acidum folicum
- All Functions: Skin Conditioning