Acetyl cysteine (inci)

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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ACC; Mercuric acid (ältere Bezeichnung); NAC

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Acetyl cysteine is a synthetically produced compound. It has an antioxidant effect in cosmetic preparations. Thus, reactions which are promoted by oxygen are inhibited. The substance prevents ingredients from becoming rancid.

Medically, acetyl cysteine is used as a secretolytic or mucolytic for respiratory diseases with stuck sputum. The clinical effectiveness of the preparation is controversial.


Last updated on: 29.10.2020