Beta-Carotene description

Member of the carotenoid family. There are hundreds of carotenoids, including lycopene and lutein. Topically, beta-carotene is potentially a good antioxidant, although this benefit is dose dependent.

Beta-Carotene references

  • The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal, August 2002, issue 10, pages 1289-1291
  • Photochemistry and Photobiology, May 2002, issue 5, pages 503-506

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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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