Berberis Vulgaris Root Extract



Berberis Vulgaris Root Extract at a glance

  • Extract derived from the barberry plant
  • Offers antioxidant and skin-soothing properties
  • Research also indicates that this ingredient has antibacterial activity
  • Native to Asia and Europe, where it has a long history of use in traditional medicine

Berberis Vulgaris Root Extract description

_Berberis vulgaris_ root extract is derived from the barberry plant. Barberry’s primary component, berberine, is an alkaloid (natural plant compound based on nitrogen) that offers antioxidant and skin-soothing properties. Research also indicates that this ingredient offers antibacterial activity. Various parts of _Berberis vulgaris_ including its roots, bark, leaves, and fruit have a long history of use in traditional medicine. This plant is native to and grows throughout Asia and Europe but is most well known in Iran. Usage levels haven’t been established for cosmetics, but like most plant extracts, low concentrations can exert many benefits.

Berberis Vulgaris Root Extract references

  • Romanian Biotechnological Letters, October 2020, pages 2,131-2,139
  • Molecules, October 2019, pages 1–17
  • Journal of Dietary Supplements, December 2012, pages 253-261
  • Phytotherapy Research, July 2008, pages 979-981

Peer-reviewed, substantiated scientific research is used to assess ingredients in this dictionary. Regulations regarding constraints, permitted concentration levels and availability vary by country and region.

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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