Acer Saccharum Extract



Acer Saccharum Extract at a glance

  • Plant extract noted in research for its antioxidant compounds
  • May also be used for skin-conditioning properties
  • Despite claims, this ingredient does not work like an AHA exfoliant
  • Comes from the bark and sap of the sugar maple tree (native to North America)

Acer Saccharum Extract description

_Acer saccharum_ extract (also known as sugar maple extract) is noted in research for its antioxidant compounds. Antioxidants help defend skin from environmental stressors, which in turn delivers visible anti-aging benefits. This plant extract is also categorized as a skin-conditioning agent. Some websites claim that _Acer saccharum_ extract works as a keratolytic/exfoliant because it contains natural AHAs such as malic acid; however, independent studies have not shown this to be true. This ingredient is not equivalent to using pure alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic or lactic. All told, there isn’t much research related to _Acer saccharum_ extract’s effects on skin. We look forward to more independent research on this plant extract in the future. Fun fact: _Acer saccharum_ extract comes from the bark and sap of the sugar maple tree (native to North America), which is also a source of edible maple syrup.

Acer Saccharum Extract references

  • Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, February 2018, pages 25-33
  • Industrial Crops and Products, January 2013, pages 179-187
  • Journal of Medicinal Food, April 2010, pages 460–468

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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