Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Extract



Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Extract description

_Ganoderma lucidum_ is a species of mushroom that’s long been a staple of traditional Chinese medicine. Also known as Reishi mushroom, when applied to skin, research has shown a compound it contains (ganodermanondiol) can interrupt the enzyme tyrosinase, which in turn can visibly reduce certain types of discolouration. [br] [br] Research has also shown this extract can improve skin’s supportive elements while also reducing signs of irritation. It’s a natural source of vitamin D2, skin-beneficial trace minerals such as copper and selenium, and the amino acids leucine and lysine. [br] [br] As with most other types of mushrooms, _Ganoderma lucidum_ is also a very good antioxidant. The extract form of this mushroom eliminates the water component (the whole mushroom that you’d buy in the grocery store contains over 90% water), so only a small amount is needed to get its benefits.

Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Extract references

  • Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicines, March 2019, pages 203-209
  • Molecules, March 2018, ePublication
  • Aging and Disease, December 2017, pages 691-707
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences, October 2016, ePublication

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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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