Fulvic acid is not your average skincare ingredient. Though it’s been used for centuries in China for the treatment of disease and immune supression, fulvic acid is still a young gun in American skincare products. But this up and comer packs a serious punch and is ready to forge a path and stand out as a skincare ingredient unlike any other.
Fulvic acid is proving itself to be different than other traditional skincare ingredients in a number of ways. It’s gentle, effective against the visible symptoms of getting older and great for more severe skin conditions. Here are three of the many things that make fulvic acid so exciting.
It Won’t Strip Your Skin
Don’t let the word “acid” fool you. Fulvic acid and its cousin humic acid won’t burn your skin in the slightest. In fact, acids are more gentle on the skin’s delicate acid mantle than alkaline skincare products that can totally disrupt your skin’s naturally acidic pH balance. In a study on infants published in Dermatology, the greatest disturbance in pH balance occurred after washing with alkaline soap. An increase in the pH level toward alkalinity could irritate that protective mantle and change the whole game when it comes to the healthy bacterial and enzyme activity on the skin, leading to a dry and flaky outcome.
Messing with that acid mantle can lead to inflammatory acne, too, since it can damage the skin’s natural antimicrobial defenses. A study published in Skin Pharmacology and Physiology concludes that sticking to a cleanser that mimics skin’s natural pH level of around 5.5 could prevent and treat acne, as well as help your skin recover from any other effects of harsh soaps.
It’s An Antioxidant Unlike Any Other
Fulvic acid is a potent antioxidant. Just how potent? Fulvic acid is so potent that it’s believed to have a significant impact on wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin. A study from Laub Biochemicals Corporation tested several methods of using fulvic acid to combat those visible signs of aging. Scientists concluded that after testing all of the applications, “a decrease in wrinkles as observed and an increase in skin tightness and firmness” could be seen.
The best part? Unlike other antioxidants, fulvic acid doesn’t need an additional delivery system to be absorbed into your skin to work its magic. In fact, fulvic acid performs quite well without a need for microencapsulation, esterification or liposomal delivery systems, thank you very much. A study on oxifulvic acid’s topical efficacy published in Drug Development Research used a fulvic acid cream without any of those helpers, yet it entered skin fast and efficiently, giving it more time to work on those fine lines and wrinkles.
It’s Great For Troubled And Normal Skin Alike
It’s easy to see that fulvic acid works wonders to gently maintain pH balance and fight the visible signs of wrinkles on your average, everyday skin type, but it’s also a savior for all sorts of serious skincare issues. Humic and fulvic acids are known anti inflammatory agents and are often used in skincare to treat contact dermatitis, a dry, flaky, itchy and often painful skin reaction to environmental triggers or irritants. A study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy concluded that its antimicrobial properties in combination with its anti inflammatory properties make it an effective potential treatment for skin infections when applied topically.
Fulvic acid can help kick psoriasis and even inflammatory acne. It’s been used for the management of eczema as well. Participants treated with a carbohydrate derived fulvic acid topical treatment showed a significant improvement in visual eczema symptoms when compared to a group receiving a placebo treatment, according to a study in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology. Treatment with the fulvic acid ointment decreased the overall severity and erythema, or reddening of the skin, in patients with eczema.
Fulvic acid, the featured ingredient across all of the Fulom Skincare range, may not yet be a household name, but it’s impact on skin is bound to reach the mainstream soon enough. Knowing its benefits puts you ahead of the curve when it comes to trending skincare. Your fine lines, skin woes and delicately balanced acid mantle will thank you for it, too.