Benefits of Acmella Extract

Acmella extract, or more specifically Acmella Oleracea extract, is also known as nature’s botox. Many studies have been done in order to examine the benefits of including this plant in skincare products.  

What is Acmella Oleracea extract?

The Acmella extract that is found in skincare products, like our Instant Glow Face Serum, comes from a plant that was initially used to treat pain from toothaches. The plant is similar to the alfalfa plant in the sense that its roots grow very deep into the soil and therefore are able to extract many nutrients from the most nutrient-dense part of the soil. All of these nutrients help make the plant, a skincare bomb product. 

How does it work?

When skincare products contain this miracle ingredient, it helps do the same as botox - relaxing the muscles in the face. When the facial muscles are relaxed, the entire face appears smoother and wrinkles aren’t pronounced. The plant contains a property called Spilanthol, which has some paralyzing properties that create the Botox-like effect. You can read more about its impact on the skin here


Adding this ingredient to any skincare product can support collagen production, which therefore has the effect that the skin looks youthful and bouncy. Any product that contains acmella ocerela extract can tout anti-aging and anti-wrinkle properties, and the product will live up to its expectation. 

How to use Acmella extract, and how often?

As with any new skincare product, try a patch test first before applying it to your entire face. Apply it or the cream just topically as often as you’d like. It’s recommended not to put it on more than twice.

Benefits of the plant

Using Acmella extract in your skincare routine can have many benefits for both you and your skin, including:

Relaxes muscles 

The plant is known to relax the muscles by inhibiting contractions in the facial muscles (Demarne & Passaro, 2009). That’s why it’s so commonly referred to as a natural Botox, as Botox does the same. When our facial muscles relax, our skin appears more youthful and wrinkles aren’t as pronounced. 

Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and is excellent for sensitive skin:

Using a skincare product with Acmella extract can produce more youthful-looking skin and fewer wrinkles in just 2 weeks (Savic, et al, 2021). The same study found that it had little to no negative impact on the skin. It found that “skin irritation effects revealed the absence of potential irritancy of investigated serum, suggesting overall satisfying skin tolerability/preliminary safety.” In other words, because there were no complaints or no signs of skin irritation, it was deemed safe for those with sensitive skin. 

Supports cell rejuvenation and regeneration 

This is accomplished through the production of collagen. Collagen helps produce healthy skin, and Acmella extract, specifically the compound Spilanthol, helps increase the production of collagen (Joseph & George, 2013, 2785). This is what makes it such a perfect ingredient for anti-aging skin care products. 

May prevent hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is another sign of aging skin, as well as being in the sun for too long, also known as sunspots. Another study from 2016 showed that organic compounds found in Acmella extract are able to possibly reduce, prevent, and slow down the hyperpigmentation process in the skin. 

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for skincare products that help with younger-looking skin or know that you have more sensitive skin, then scan the ingredient listing of your desired skincare product for Acmella extract. In no time at all, you’ll find yourself glowing and feeling your skin is plumper than ever!

References:

Barbosa, A.F., Carvalho, M.G.,  Smith, R.E., & Sabaa-Srur,  A. U.O. (2016). Spilanthol: occurrence, extraction, chemistry, and biological activities. Brazilian Journal of Pharmacognosy, 26, 128-133. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bjp.2015.07.024

Demarne, J.,  & Passaro, D. (2009). Use of an Acmella oleracea extract for the botulinum toxin-like effect thereof in an anti-wrinkle cosmetic composition. Google Patents. Retrieved from: https://patents.google.com/patent/US7531193B2/en

Joseph, B., & George, J. (2013). The Role of Acmella Oleracea in Medicine—A review. World Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, 2 (6), 2781-2792. Retrieved from:https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jency_George/publication/312320817_The_Role_of_Acmella_Olerecea_in_Medicine_-A_Review/links/587a5f5308aed3826ae7b7af.pdf


Savic, Sanela M., et al. “‘All-Natural’ Anti-Wrinkle Emulsion Serum with Acmella OleraceaExtract: A Design of Experiments (DoE) Formulation Approach, Rheology and in Vivo SkinPerformance/Efficacy Evaluation.” International Journal of Cosmetic Science, vol. 43, no. 5, Oct. 2021, pp. 530–546, pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34297422/, 10.1111/ics.12726. Accessed 29 Feb. 2022.