Organic Acids

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a bioactive ingredient that can be found in the epithelial and conjunctive tissues of the human body. Being a very effective biological hydrating agent, this acid is used as a main ingredient in many anti-aging face creams and serums. Thanks to its regenerative properties, it scores popularity points both on the medical and cosmetic market. Thus, it’s being used in a large number of procedures from eye surgeries to lips augmentations. Short History The hyaluronic acid was first discovered in 1934 but it wasn’t used until later on in 1980. Its first practical use was as an […]

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Oxalic Acid

Oxalic acid, also known as ethanedioic acid, is a naturally occurring compound which is found in many different types of vegetables. In its solid form, it is colorless and has the appearance of a white crystal substance when purified. For humans, oral and topical applications of this acid are highly toxic to the body due to its bleach-like and corrosive properties. These properties are, however, useful for waste water applications and general cleaning and therefore this acid is commonly employed for these purposes today. As such, it is important to wear protective glasses, gloves and proper clothing in order to […]

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Formic Acid

Formic acid is a chemical that is both naturally occurring and frequently synthesized in laboratories. In nature, it is most commonly found in the bites and stings of insects, namely ants and bees. It is this compound that causes most of the irritation that occurs immediately following an ant bite or a bee sting. Although it can be very dangerous when highly concentrated, formic acid is very frequently used in food products as a preservative or on crops as a pesticide. In its purest form, it has little to no color, and a very strong odor. Despite its natural use […]

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Citric Acid

Citric acid is a naturally occurring acid which is found in large quantities in fruits – notably citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and certain berries. It is a relatively weak acid and has a distinct, sour taste. It is an integral part of the Krebs cycle and therefore plays an essential role in the metabolism of all living things. The acid was first produced from citrus fruits but this technique was inefficient and only produced small quantities. Today, specific strains of the mold Aspergillus niger are used in the industrial production of the citric acid via a fermentation process. […]

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