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  • Lactic Acid as a preservative

    Posted by georgiliolev on August 15, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Lactic acid and sodium lactate are commonly used in the food industry as preservatives.I believe it’s something specific about the lactate ion than acidity itself.

    What % of lactic acid is needed to preserve a solution? Can cosmetic products be preserved with lactic acid alone?

    microformulation replied 7 years, 6 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • microformulation

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    August 15, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Lactic acid is not adequate as a standalone preservative. Decreasing the pH can assist as part of your preservative system but it should be coupled with other methods as well.

    Don’t make the mistake of believing Food preservation has direct parallels to Cosmetic preservation. Processed food can be packaged more securely and they also use a great deal more preservation strategies based upon free water content. We hear about free water (Aw) in cosmetics as part of a preservative, but it is much more common and feasible in Food preservation. That is why their is a separate field, Food Science, a separate discipline entirely.

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