Ingredient Dictionary

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Agaricus bisporus extract

An extract of mushroom that is thought to help regulate skin cell production by inhibiting cell... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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acetyl octapeptide-3

A synthetic peptide that is based around octapeptide-3, a peptide complex composed of the amino acids aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glutamine, and methionine... Read More »

Categories: Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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gamma linolenic acid (GLA)

Fatty acid used in cosmetics as an emollient, antioxidant, and cell regulator. GLA is considered to... Read More »

Categories: Cell-Communicating Ingredients, Antioxidants, Emollients

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retinyl retinoate

A synthetic, "new generation" retinoid with research showing its usefulness for wrinkles, acne, and hyaluronic acid synthetis in skin... Read More »

Categories: Vitamins, Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7

A synthetic peptide whose trade name is Matrixyl 3000. It is believed to work by muting the effect... Read More »

Categories: Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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decarboxy carnosine HCL

See carnosine , cell-communicating ingredients

Categories: Cell-Communicating Ingredients, Anti-Irritants

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retinoids

Large group of over 2,500 chemicals related to vitamin A. Topical, over-the-counter retinoids... Read More »

Categories: Vitamins, Cell-Communicating Ingredients, Prescription Drugs

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retinol

The name for the entire vitamin A molecule. Retinol has value for skin on several fronts: it is a... Read More »

Categories: Cell-Communicating Ingredients, Antioxidants, Vitamins

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peptides

Peptides are portions of proteins, which are long (or sometimes short) chains of amino acids. In... Read More »

Categories: Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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Renova

See Retin-A , tretinoin

Categories: Vitamins, Prescription Drugs, Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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cell-communicating ingredients

Cell-communicating ingredients, theoretically, have the ability to tell a skin cell to look, act,... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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palmitoyl tripeptide-5

A synthetic peptide that is believed to play a role in collagen synthetis and preventing the breakdown of collagen... Read More »

Categories: Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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phytosphingosine

Long-chain, complex fatty alcohol that functions as a water-binding agent and also has preservative... Read More »

Categories: Preservatives, Skin-Identical/Repairing Ingredients, Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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ATP

See adenosine triphosphate

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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niacinamide

Also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, niacinamide is a potent cell-communicating ingredient... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Vitamins, Anti-Irritants, Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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vitamin F

Name sometimes used to represent essential fatty acids of linoleic acid and linolenic acid. These... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Vitamins, Emollients, Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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linolenic acid

Linolenic acid is a naturally-occurring, colorless polyunsaturated fatty acid liquid that functions as a skin-conditioning agent and cell-communicating ingredient... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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hyaluronic acid

Component of skin tissue that is used in skin-care products as a good skin-identical ingredient.... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Identical/Repairing Ingredients, Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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Cucurbitea peponis

See pumpkin

Categories: Vitamins, Cell-Communicating Ingredients, Antioxidants, Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts, Plant Extracts

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vitamin B3

See niacinamide

Categories: Vitamins, Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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GLA

See gamma linolenic acid (GLA)

Categories: Antioxidants, Emollients, Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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tretinoin

Topical, prescription-only medication that can improve skin cell maturation after skin has been... Read More »

Categories: Antibacterial/Anti-Acne, Prescription Drugs, Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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isotretinoin

Anti-acne drug that’s derived from vitamin A. This drug works by essentially stopping oil... Read More »

Categories: Prescription Drugs, Cell-Communicating Ingredients, Vitamins

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Tamarindus indica seed extract

More commonly known as tamarind, the seed extract is used more often for care of the eye itself rather than for skin care. Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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palmitoyl hexapeptide-12

See palmitoyl oligopeptide

Categories: Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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