Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

INCI : Thioctic Acid

Usage Rate: 0.2% – 1%



Alpha-Lipoic Acid is a potent antioxidant that attacks “free radicals”, also appears to regenerate and work synergistically with other antioxidants such as vitamins E and C. It actually boost the natural level of vitamins E and C within the cell, giving further protection from free radical damage and aging.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid besides being an antioxidant also act as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. It prevents activation of translation factor nuclear factor kappa-B, which once activated by free radicals will attach to the DNA molecule in the nucleus and translate factor into protein production which when released into the cells cause damage and cell death.

Both lipid and water soluble due to its unique molecular structure. Because of this properties, lipoic acid can rapidly penetrate all portions of the cell, providing protection within the lipid cell membrane, as well as the aqueous compartment, and the nucleus.


Alpha Lipoic Acid, also known as thioctic acid, is a biological antioxidant that is proven to quench hydroxyl radicals, hypochlorous acid and singlet oxygen, increases the levels of CoQ (ubiquinone) which recycles vitamin E, and regenerates glutathione. It is oil and water soluble and has a high absorption and bioavailability. It rapidly reaches effective concentrations in the tissues, both in the aqueous and lipid regions of the body. This product appears as a yellow powder that is suitable for antioxidant and anti-aging formulas in creams and lotions.






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This ingredient can be added to your formulation at up to 1%.

Best used in an emulsion or gel structure.