Fruit Acid Complex
Fruit Acid Complex is a concentrated blend of five botanical extracts: bilberry, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange, and lemon. These extracts contain several naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids. Alpha hydroxy acids have been shown to promote smoother, younger looking skin by increasing the rate of cell renewal.
According to the manufacturer: At a 10% dilution, this product produced a 34% in cell renewal when compared to the untreated control side. Accordingly, there was a 143% percent increase in the number of squames generated. Evaluated at 4% in a commercial cream, this product increased cell turnover by 20% relative to the control formulation.
While the manufacturer recommends a use level between 5 - 15%, we advise less experienced formulators to use this product at the lower level. All products made with AHAs should be tested using a pH meter (not pH paper) to ensure products at final formulation have a pH of at least 4.0.
Because products formulated with AHAs can increase sun sensitivity, the FDA requires specific labeling of products which contain AHAs and do not include sunscreens. This information and much more is contained in the FDA document USFDA on Labeling for Topically Applied Cosmetics Containing Alpha Hydroxy Acids as Ingredients. The link to this FDA document is also readily accessible in our Reference Room above (please consider it required reading).
According to the manufacturer, the sugars in this product are produced without the use of bone char and it is therefore a VEGAN product.
Shipping Info: HS# 1401.90.0000
INCI: Water (and) Bilberry Extract (and) Sugar Cane Extract (and) Sugar Maple Extract (and) Orange Extract (and) Lemon Extract
INCI: Water (and) Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract (and) Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract (and) Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract (and) Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract (and) Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract
Caution: Do not directly apply onto your skin.
Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Always consult with your professional skin care provider.
California Prop 65 Statement: The following statement is made in order to comply with the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. This product is not known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
- This product should be added to a formulation at the end of the procedure and at the recommended usage rate.
- Some formulations containing polymers such as Carbopol require that the Fruit Acid Complex be pre-diluted and/or neutralized.
- Always check compatibility with clays and other inorganic thickeners.
- The best formulations for Fruit Acid Complex are nonionic creams and lotions.
Recommended Usage Level: 5-15%
pH (as supplied): 4.06
Specific Gravity: 1.25
Preserved with: This product contains no additional preservative.
Appearance: Clear to Light Yellow Liquid with mild charasteristic odor
Solubility: Soluble in water, glycerine and propylene glycol, immiscible with oils.
Shelf Life: 12-18 months
Storage: Sealed container away from sunlight and humidity.
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