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What Is Malic Acid And Why Is It A Godsend For Sensitive Skin?
Malic Acid
Malic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid capable of melting off the "glue" between dead skin cells, lifting them off the skin's surface, and clearing debris from pores. Dermatologist Joel Schlessinger, MD, explains that it also helps balance the pH levels on both your skin and in your skincare products, giving you a healthier moisture barrier.
For Sensitive Skin
With their tiny molecules, AHAs can penetrate the skin's layers, and while they all work similarly, all of the different AHAs have different molecular sizes. Malic acid molecules are slightly larger than glycolic and lactic acid, so it penetrates the skin much more slowly, which means less sensitization and irritation.
According to SkinKraft Laboratories, malic acid is a humectant that attracts water molecules from the air and seals them within the skin. In addition, malic acid's exfoliating action increases cell turnover and encourages collagen production, so it helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and a loss of elasticity in your skin.