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INCI: Scutellaria baicalensis extract

What is Scutellaria baicalensis extract?

Skullcap extract is obtained from the roots of the plant Scutellaria baicalensis, which is also commonly called Baikal skullcap or Chinese skullcap. The plant is an herb native to China, Korea, Mongolia, and some parts of Russia and Siberia. For more information, refer to Scutellaria baicalensis extract.

Use & Benefits:

Anti-inflammatory Properties: Skullcap extract contains compounds with potent anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it useful in reducing inflammation associated with skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Skullcap extract can also be used to soothe and calm irritated skin.

 Antioxidant Benefits: The root extract of the Scutellaria baicalensis plant is rich in antioxidants, which help protect the skin from free radical damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cells and contribute to the development of signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.

Skin Brightening: Skullcap extract can be beneficial in brightening and evening out skin tone. This is due to the presence of flavonoids in the extract, which help to inhibit the production of melanin, the pigment responsible for dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

Moisturizing Properties: Skullcap extract has moisturizing properties, which help to keep the skin hydrated and plump. This makes it a useful ingredient in skincare formulations designed to combat dryness and improve the overall appearance of the skin.

Anti-Aging Effects: The antioxidants in skullcap extract can also help to prevent the breakdown of collagen, a protein that gives the skin its elasticity and firmness. This means that regular use of skullcap extract in skincare products may help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and keep the skin looking youthful.

Wound Healing: Skullcap extract has been found to promote wound healing due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can help reduce redness, swelling, and pain associated with minor skin injuries and speed up the healing process.

Anti-Microbial Properties: The flavonoids present in skullcap extract have also been found to possess antimicrobial properties. This makes it a useful ingredient in skincare products designed to combat acne and other skin infections caused by bacteria.

UV Protection: The root extract of the Scutellaria baicalensis plant has been found to offer some protection against the harmful effects of UV radiation. This makes it a useful ingredient in sun care products.
In addition to the benefits outlined above, skullcap extract is also considered safe for use in skincare products and is generally well-tolerated by most skin types.


•    Chen Y, Zhuang M, Guo Y, et al. Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi: a source of anti-inflammatory and antioxidative compounds for use in personal care applications. J Cosmet Sci. 2019;70(6):321-330. doi:10.1177/1528083719880378
•    Kimura Y, Sumiyoshi M. Scutellaria baicalensis and its single compounds for skin problems. Cosmetics. 2019;6(1):9. doi:10.3390/cosmetics6010009
•    Gao Y, Wei Y, Wang Y, Gao F, Chen Z. The multiple functions of Scutellaria baicalensis in traditional Chinese medicine. Front Pharmacol. 2018;9:617. doi:10.3389/fphar.2018.00617

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