Centella Asiatica Extract

An extract from the leaves of the Gotu kola. It is used in skincare for its antioxidant, wound healing, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties. It increases the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid in the skin.
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Centella Asiatica Extract

Overview

Centella Asiatica extract is obtained from the leaves of the Indian pennywort, or Gotu kola (the Sri Lankan name for the leafy greens).

This extract is used in skincare products for its antioxidant, wound healing, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties. There is some scientific evidence supporting its benefits.

Centella Asiatica is an edible plant. The leaves are eaten as leafy greens in Asia and the whole plant has been used in Asian traditional medicine for centuries, especially for dermatological conditions such as wounds, scratches, scars, and eczema.

The plant has been the center of scientists’ attention for quite some time now and the results have been quite promising. The main active ingredients in Centella Asiatica extract are various triterpenes, mainly the group called centellosides. They are responsible for its therapeutic effect.

Centella Asiatica extract has been proven effective in the treatment of wounds, burns, and overgrown scars. It increases the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid, which results in stronger and more hydrated skin. Instead of forming the overgrown tissues that are typical for keloid scars, the newly formed skin is stronger and properly healed.

Some other studies suggest that the extract may be useful in the treatment of psoriasis and for the prevention of striae.

Centella Asiatica extract is often used as an ingredient in anti-aging creams and anti-cellulite preparations due to its ability to stimulate collagen production.

There are, however, some precautions advised when using Centella Asiatica extract on your skin. In some sensitive individuals it may cause itching, burning, or an allergic reaction, so always patch-test it before using.

Long-term application of the extract is also not recommended. You should take a 2-week break after every 6 weeks of use to give your organism a small break.

Science

1
Bylka, W., et al. (2014). Centella asiatica in Dermatology: An Overview. Phytotherapy Research, 28(8), 1117–1124.
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Bylka, W., et al. (2013). Centella asiatica in cosmetology. Advances in Dermatology and Allergology, 1, 46–49.