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known as Madecassoside

source plant; gotu kola, centella asiatica

function soothing, anti-inflammatory, wound healing, brightening

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Madecassoside is a pentacyclic triterpene and remarkable active constituent of the centella asiatica (gotu kola) plant. It’s a calming soother that promotes smooth skin while mitigating visible redness. It reduces itching and burning sensations to ensure calm, comfortable skin. A lesser known benefit of madecassoside is its affinity for brightening skin by protecting from visible effects of UV exposure.1


[1] Jung, E., Lee, J., Shin, S., Roh, K., Kim, J., & Park, D. (2013). Madecassoside Inhibits Melanin Synthesis by Blocking Ultraviolet-Induced Inflammation. Molecules, 18(12), 15724-15736. doi: 10.3390/molecules181215724

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