Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract



Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract at a glance

  • Extract derived from the garden pea
  • Contains antioxidants (ellagic acid, beta-sitosterol, gallic acid, and quercetin)
  • Can help reduce factors within skin that lead to signs of sensitivity
  • Also classified as a skin-conditioning agent

Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract description

Pisum sativa (pea) extract is the Latin name for the garden pea. It has documented antioxidant ability thanks to its natural content of ellagic acid, beta-sitosterol, gallic acid, and quercetin. These antioxidant properties help reduce factors within skin that lead to redness and other signs of sensitivity. It is also classified as a skin-conditioning agent. When used in higher amounts in cosmetics, the starch portion of peas can help to thicken products; however, generally it’s used in much lower amounts for its antioxidant and skin-calming benefit.

Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract references

  • BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, March 2017, ePublication
  • Pharmacognosy Review, January-June 2017, pages 39-42
  • British Journal of Nutrition, August 2012, Supplement, pages S3-S10

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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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