Acerola Fruit Extract



Acerola Fruit Extract at a glance

  • A fruit extract also known as Malpighia emarginata
  • Potent source of antioxidants that helps protect skin from external agents
  • Contains skin hydrating polysaccharides
  • Sometimes referred to as a "superfruit"

Acerola Fruit Extract description

Acerola fruit extract (also known as _Malpighia emarginata_) is a potent source of antioxidants and hydrating polysaccharides, some of which have been shown to protect fibroblasts in skin from suffering oxidative damage, which in turn leads to younger-looking skin. The fruit is rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, several polyphenols (all working as antioxidants), and the B vitamin folate. The yellow- to red-toned ripe acerola fruit can also prevent lipids such as our skin’s oil from free radical damage. It’s truly a multi-faceted antioxidant plant extract that can benefit all skin types and is also a proven “superfood” ingredient that has been shown to benefit skin when consumed orally, largely due to its ability to reduce inflammation. Acerola is sometimes referred to as Barbados cherry or the acerola cherry.

Acerola Fruit Extract references

  • Journal of AOAC International, September 2018, pages 1,461-1,465
  • International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, January 2018, pages 473-480
  • Exotic Fruits Reference Guide, Academic Press, 2018, pages 7-14
  • Food & Function, September 2017, pages 3,250-3,258
  • The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, April 2016, pages 25-32
  • Lipids in Health and Disease February 2014 ePublication

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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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