Echinacea Angustifolia Root Extract



Echinacea Angustifolia Root Extract at a glance

  • Extract derived from the coneflower plant (aka Echinacea)
  • Contains bioactive phytochemicals that have soothing benefits
  • Mitigates pro-aging environmental stressors
  • May contain essential oil compounds but only in trace amounts unlikely to be problematic for skin

Echinacea Angustifolia Root Extract description

_Echinacea angustifolia_ root extract is included in skin care products for its anti-aging properties and skin-soothing effects. It comes from the coneflower plant (aka _Echinacea_). This variety of _Echinacea_ contains antioxidants, alkylamides, glycoproteins and polysaccharides, all of which contribute to its benefits for skin. Notably, the phenolic compounds present in _Echinacea_ angustifolia help protect the skin from environmental stressors that would otherwise accelerate signs of aging such as wrinkles and uneven tone. _Echinacea angustifolia_ roots can yield volatile essential oil (EO) compounds but fortunately only in trace amounts (0.1%) that are unlikely to be problematic when this ingredient included as part of a skin care formula. This is reassuring since a higher concentration of these volatile compounds could potentially cause skin irritation. Some cosmetic suppliers of this plant extract claim it can treat acne; however, independent research has not shown this to be true. Based on the limited safety data available, echinacea appears to be generally well tolerated. However, further research is needed to firmly establish its safety profile. NOTE: _Echinacea_ species belong to the Asteraceae family of plants. As a precautionary measure, individuals with established allergies to other members of this plant family (like chamomile) should exercise caution when incorporating echinacea-based skincare into their regimen.

Echinacea Angustifolia Root Extract references

  • Personal Care Products Council, Accessed August 2023, ePublication
  • Asian Journal of Beauty Cosmetology, September 2022, pages 373-381
  • Phytotherapy Research, April 2018, pages 1-11
  • Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, August 2005, pages 929-1,077

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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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