Part of the AHA family, this fruit acid most commonly found in apples has become a natural source for clear skin. It gently stimulates exfoliation to remove old skin, making way for healthy new cells while targeting uneven skin textures and small breakouts. Although not a common AHA, this acid also improves hyperpigmentation and skin hydration. Exfoliation is not always the reason behind malic acid in skincare, smaller amounts are added to balance the pH levels in facial cleansers, lotions and creams.
Like all AHAs, avoid use around the eyes and sensitive areas, patch test and discontinue use if skin irritation occurs.