Bacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract



Bacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract at a glance

  • Extract of the product of fermenting soybeans with Bacillus
  • Known by trade names Cellplus+ and Actigym
  • Has skin conditioning and antioxidant properties
  • Contains arbutin, which can disrupt triggers of skin discolorations

Bacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract description

Bacillus/soybean ferment extract is the extract of the product of the fermentation of soybeans by Bacillus bacteria. It is also known by the trade names Cellplus+ and Actigym. Bacillus/soybean ferment extract serves as a skin conditioning ingredient and has antioxidant properties. Of interest is research indicating that fermenting soybeans with Bacillus produces arbutin, an antioxidant shown to disrupt skin factors that lead to visible hyperpigmentation. This makes Bacillus/soybean ferment extract an ingredient to watch when it comes to fading the look of dark spots and uneven tone.

Bacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract references

  • SpecialChem, Accessed March 2023, Website
  • Antioxidants, December 2020, ePublication
  • Annals of Microbiology, July 2017, ePublication
  • Toxicological Research, December 2011, 205–209

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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