Thursday, October 24, 2013

Citric Acid for Skin Care

If you are the one who is looking for products that can treat dark spots, increase collagen production, reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, minimising the appearence of scars or basically any skin problem then Citric Acid is the answer to your problems.  

Citric Acid Skin Care

What is Citric Acid?

A sharp-tasting crystalline acid present in the juice of lemons and other sour fruits. It is 

made commercially by the fermentation of sugar and used as a flavoring and setting 


Where Can I Buy Citric Acid?
Citric acid is most commonly is sold as a white powder, sometimes labeled "sour salt." It can be readily purchased online, and is found in many grocery stores and super markets. I am able to find mine in the bulk spices section of a local ethnic grocery store.
How Should I Store Citric Acid?
Store citric acid in an airtight container or plastic bag at room temperature. Stored properly, citric acid can be kept for years.
In Skin Care:-
The most common ingredient to look for would be L-ascorbic acid in skin care products.

Citric acid can also be found in a variety of personal care products including vitamins, pain relief products and denture cleaners. They are used within this market to help dissolve active ingredients and improve taste for the consumer. This application is most commonly used for effervescent tablets that claim to speed up delivery time of the product as a result of placing it within water. Within the pharmaceutical industry, citric acid is utilized in the form of citrate salt for most active substances.

Foods that contains Citric Acid:-

Foods naturally containing citric acid include citrus fruits; lemons, oranges, and limes have particularly high concentrations, at up to 8% citric acid by weight. Berries, except for blueberries, also contain citric acid, particularly strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, and cranberries. Pineapples, cherries, tomatoes, some varieties of peppers, artichokes, and certain varieties of lettuce also contain citric acid.

When applied to skin, citric acid can slough off dead skin cells and speed new cell turnover. The latter promotes new skin growth that can help alleviate the appearance of age spots, acne scars, small wrinkles and areas of uneven tone and texture. Homemade beauty products containing citric acid are more affordable than professional treatments but can be similarly effective – if on a smaller scale. Side effects of citric acid use on the skin include slight burning, tingling, and temporary redness. It is important to test all homemade beauty products on a small patch of skin several hours before using the product on your face. The underside of your forearm is an appropriate spot.

Face Mask using Citric Acids:-


 To brighten oily skin and get a similar effect to that of a light chemical peel, try a milk mask that combines citric and lactic acids to slough away dead cells and even out skin tone. To make this mask, combine 1/4 cup low-fat milk, 2 tablespoons citric acid powder, and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl. Stir until the ingredients are blended and the powder has dissolved and then apply the mixture to dry skin. Let the mask dry for 15 minutes – it will begin to tighten and crack, so sit still – and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.


.  A rubbery peeling mask penetrates deep into pores and sucks out dirt and oil as it dries, leaving skin softer, cleaner and brighter in appearance. Stir together 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup orange juice, 2 tablespoons citric acid powder, and a packet of unflavored gelatin in a saucepan. Heat on medium, stirring constantly until the gelatin and citric acid powder fully dissolve. Transfer the mixture into a heat-safe bowl and refrigerate for 25 minutes. Apply a thin layer of the mask to dry skin and let it dry for 30 minutes. Peel off gently, starting at the outside edges of the mask.


  To attack areas of uneven skin tone or roughness, a citric acid scrub leaves skin feeling rejuvenated and soft. Combine 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons rolled oats, and 1 tablespoon citric acid powder in a small bowl. Stir until the ingredients are mixed and then apply the scrub to damp, just-cleansed skin. Scrub gently in a circular motion with your fingers for up to two minutes or until you experience a slight tingle. Rinse with cool water.

Overall, Citric Acid is very important content of skincare.  We all are not blessed with perfect skin, but that doesn't mean we are not beautiful.  Hope this was helpful.


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