Sodium Succinate



No known benefits

Sodium Succinate at a glance

  • Sodium salt of succinic acid
  • Works as a pH adjuster and buffering agent
  • May be synthetic or made via fermentation
  • Ruled safe in its current usages

Sodium Succinate description

Sodium succinate is the sodium salt of succinic acid, a fermented or synthetically produced acid used primarily in cosmetics to adjust a formula’s pH. Like its parent ingredient, sodium succinate serves the same function in skin care products. The highest reported concentration of sodium succinate in a cosmetic product was 26% in a bath product that is meant to be diluted before use. The independent Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel has ruled sodium succinate safe in its current usages. This pH adjuster is also known as disodium succinate.

Sodium Succinate references

  • International Journal of Toxicology, July/August 2012, pages 5S-76S

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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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