Blog #2: Citric Acid



What exactly is citric acid?  And how can any form of ‘acid’ be good for your skin?

Many people are instantly freaked out when they see the word ‘acid’ listed as an ingredient in skin care products.  But, citric acid (or 2-hydroxy-1, 2, 3-propanetricarboxylic acid), not to be confused with skin burning acids, is a naturally occurring substance found in citric fruits and juices, providing the characteristic acidic taste.

While most people are familiar with the term ‘citric acid’ in reference to citric fruits and juices many do not know that citric acid is also a chelating, anti-oxidizing, and pH altering ingredient that can bind metal ions, help prevent rancidity, and alter the pH of lotions and surfactant mixtures.

That’s a mouthful, right?  Unless you are a science nerd, the words chelating, anti-oxidizing and PH altering and binding of metal ions may serve to confuse you further.

Just know that when topically applied to the skin, citric acid acts as an antioxidant which helps to conceal signs of aging.

Citric acid also exfoliates the skin by removing dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin, thus encouraging new cell growth.  And, this organic agent, through its powers of gentle exfoliation has been proven to have amazing benefits for improving the texture of skin and lightening its tone.

That’s why citric acid it’s one of the primary cast members in dŌSA's Signature Body Wash products that have been certified by Ecocert and USDA NOP; a true body wash of Organic Vegetable Oil origin combined with dŌSA's signature fragrance oils that leave you with delightfully scented skin.

dŌSA Body Wash contains No Surfactants, No Parabens, No Petroleum and No Mineral Oil.