Glyoxylic acid is a highly reactive chemical intermediate having two functional groups: the aldehyde group and the carboxylic acid group. Strong organic acid (Ka=4.7x10-4), miscible in water & alcohol, insoluble in organic solvents. It is supplied as a 50% water solution.
Glyoxylic acid is an important C2 building block for many organic molecules of industrial importance, used in the production of agrochemicals, aromas, cosmetic ingredients, pharmaceutical intermediates and polymers.
Glyoxylic acid finds application in personal care as neutralizing agent, it is widely used in hair straightening products in particular (shampoos, conditioners, lotions, creams) at levels of 0.5-10%.
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