Ingredient Dictionary

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Glycyrrhiza uralensis root extract

See licorice root , licorice extract

Categories: Plant Extracts, Anti-Irritants

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beta-glucan

Polysaccharide, meaning that it is a sugar (e.g., starch and cellulose) that can be derived from... Read More »

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Antioxidants

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fireweed extract

Extract from the Epilobium angustifolium plant; also known as willow herb. Read More »

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Plant Extracts

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tetrahydrodemethoxycurcumin

See turmeric , curcumin

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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glycyrrhetic acid

Extract from licorice that has anti-inflammatory properties (Sources: American Journal of... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Anti-Irritants

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soy oil

Emollient oil similar to all nonfragrant plant oils. Read More »

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts, Emollients

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oat beta-glucan

See beta-glucan , gluten ingredients

Categories: Antioxidants, Anti-Irritants

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BHA (beta hydroxy acid)

See salicylic acid

Categories: Leave-On Exfoliant, Anti-Irritants, Antibacterial/Anti-Acne

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zinc oxide

Inert earth mineral used as a thickening, whitening, lubricating, and sunscreen ingredient in... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Anti-Irritants, Coloring Agents/Pigments

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L-ascorbic acid

Form of vitamin C that is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent (Sources:... Read More »

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Vitamins, Antioxidants

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Borago officinalis seed oil

See borage seed oil

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients, Antioxidants, Anti-Irritants

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allantoin

By-product of uric acid extracted from urea and considered an effective anti-irritant. Read More »

Categories: Anti-Irritants

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yerba mate extract

Used for the preparation of the most popular tea-like beverage in South America. It has... Read More »

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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honeysuckle flower extract

Plant extract that functions as an anti-inflammatory agent. It is a very good source of flavonoids... Read More »

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Plant Extracts

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licorice extract

Extract that has anti-inflammatory properties (Source: Healthnotes Review of Complementary and... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Anti-Irritants

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Boerhavia diffusa root extract

Extract from a flowering plant. Animal studies have shown that this plant has strong... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Anti-Irritants

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oatmeal

Can have anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties (Source: Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin... Read More »

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Plant Extracts

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decarboxy carnosine HCL

See carnosine , cell-communicating ingredients

Categories: Cell-Communicating Ingredients, Anti-Irritants

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green tea

Significant amounts of research have established that tea, including black, green, and white tea... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Anti-Irritants, Antioxidants

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soy protein

See soy extract

Categories: Plant Extracts, Anti-Irritants, Antioxidants

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borage seed extract

Extract of the plant Borago officinalis, it can have anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties... Read More »

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Plant Extracts

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coenzyme Q10

Also known as ubiquinone, it is a vitamin-like, fat-soluble substance present in all human cells.... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Anti-Irritants

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Gentiana lutea (Gentian) root extract

Active part of the gentian plant, constituents of which are anti-inflammatory and antibacterial... Read More »

Categories: Antibacterial/Anti-Acne, Anti-Irritants, Plant Extracts

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ubiquinone

See coenzyme Q10

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Antioxidants

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Arctium lappa

See burdock root

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Anti-Irritants

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