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  • Acidulant (useful to adjust pH of products to make them more acid / less alkaline)
  • chelating effect (neutralizes minerals to enhance activity of antioxidants & preservatives)
  • buffering effect (helps to maintain pH between 2.5-6.5 & stabilizes active ingredients)
  • at high concentration shows typical AHA properties

It’s also an antioxidant to help preserve oils in a product from degradation.

Some great sources to read up about citric acid:  à  C.R. SOCCOL et al.: Citric Acid Production, Food Technol. Biotechnol. 44 (2) 141–149 (2006)

Berovic, M.; Legisa, M. (2007). Citric acid production. “Biotechnology Annual Review Volume 13″.Biotechnology annual review. Biotechnology Annual Review 13: 303–343. Access:


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