Oligopeptide-10 at a glance

  • Synthetic bio-active peptide composed of 15 amino acids
  • Research shows it could have anti-acne benefits
  • Could also help reduce visible signs of redness
  • A white powder in its raw form

Oligopeptide-10 description

Oligopeptide-10, also known as granactive oligopeptide-10 (and other names depending on the supplier), is a synthetic bio-active peptide composed of 15 amino acids. Most of the research into oligopeptide-10 has been conducted by the labs that manufacture it; however, there are promising studies showing it can help manage acne-causing bacteria, both on its own and in conjunction with anti-acne superstar exfoliant salicylic acid. Additional research shows oligopeptide-10 can have a positive impact on sensitive skin, helping target and improve factors that lead to visible redness. In its raw form, oligopeptide-10 is a white powder. Recommended usage levels of oligopeptide-10 in cosmetics is 3–5% as part of a blend, meaning the level of peptide is much lower than this since such levels (in parts per million) maintain the desired efficacy.

Oligopeptide-10 references

  • Clinics in Dermatology, September-October 2009, pages 485-494
  • Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2009, pages 8-13

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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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