Boswellia Serrata Extract


Plant extracts

No known benefits

Boswellia Serrata Extract description

An extract from the gum resin of a tree and also a source of Indian frankincense, this plant extract has both positive and negative qualities for skin. Its fragrant components have the potential to be sensitising. On the flipside, Boswellia serrata also has research showing it has an skin-soothing effect. Clearly there’s some benefit for skin, but there are potential risks, too, just like with lots of other fragrant plant extracts.

Boswellia Serrata Extract references

  • Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods, November 2010, issue 9, pages 556-563
  • Toxicology Letters, March 2008, issue 2, pages 144-149
  • Dermatologic Therapy, January-February 2010, issue 1, pages S28-S32

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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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Not Rated