Hedera Helix Extract



No known benefits

Hedera Helix Extract at a glance

  • Commonly known as English ivy extract
  • Contains phytosterols and flavonoids
  • Also a source of skin-irritating falcarinol
  • Research has shown allergic reactions to cosmetics containing this ingredient

Hedera Helix Extract description

_Hedera helix_ is more commonly known as English ivy. It can be a skin sensitizer due to its astringent properties, especially for those who suffer from allergies or have dry skin conditions. Compared to other allergenic or sensitising plant extracts, English ivy has a lower risk of causing a reaction.

Hedera Helix Extract references

  • Farmacia, January 2017, pages 624-629
  • Meyler’s Side Effects of Drugs: The International Encyclopedia of Adverse Drug Reactions and Interactions: Sixteenth Edition, 2016, Editor in Chief J.K. Aronson, page 668
  • Contact Dermatitis, April 2015, pages 193-205 and July 1987, pages 1-9
  • Hautzart, October 2003, pages 966-969

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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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