Fulvic acid is a natural compound that may help treat skin conditions and prevent certain effects of aging. It is a generally safe additive that is suitable for all skin types. Medical News Today detailed some common uses of fulvic acid and how it can be an effective skin care remedy.
Fulvic acid is a humic substance found in the humus of soil. Fulvic acid can help plants absorb nutrients and increase seed production. Creams or lotions with fulvic acid have potential anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial benefits for the skin and can help treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, as suggested in a 2019 study.
Humic substances, such as fulvic acid, can be effective at cleansing, tightening pores, reducing oiliness and decreasing itch and irritation. It also has a protective effect against UV radiation.
An older study from 2011 concluded that fulvic acid as topical treatment was well-tolerated among participants with eczema. Some reported a short-lived burning sensation when applying it to the skin.
Additional results from a 2020 toxicological assessment of fulvic acid revealed that there was no observed adverse effect when people consumed this orally as a supplement.
When using a new product on the skin, it is recommended to consider doing a patch test and applying a small amount on the body to make sure an allergic reaction does not develop. It is also suggested to consult a dermatologist before incorporating the ingredient.