Portulaca Pilosa Extract


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No known benefits

Portulaca Pilosa Extract at a glance

  • An herbaceous plant native to Asia (Japan, China, Singapore)
  • Contains several potent antioxidant compounds + hydrating saccharides
  • Proven to soothe and help repair compromised skin
  • May play a role in reducing the look of discolourations

Portulaca Pilosa Extract description

_Portulaca pilosa_ extract is a potent antioxidant plant that’s rich in beneficial compounds for skin including quercetin, chlorogenic acid, and rutin. All of these help protect skin from environmental aggressors by neutralising harmful free radicals and improving skin’s natural defenses. This plant extract is also a good source of hydrating polysaccharides such as rhamnose and xylose, which help maintain moisture balance within the skin’s uppermost layers. Native to Asia but now found in portions of North and South America plus some countries in Europe, this perennial plant is similar to _Portulaca oleracea_ (purslane) but is known to contain a more diversified group of beneficial substances. However, comparative chemical analysis has shown that purslane packs a greater antioxidant punch. Still, _Portulaca pilosa_ holds its own and either extract is a welcome addition to leave-on skin care products. Concentration protocols have not been firmly established for this ingredient when used in skin care, and its safety has not been formally assessed; however, tests on isolated healthy human cell lines have not shown evidence of toxicity.

Portulaca Pilosa Extract references

  • Scientific Reports, February 2020, ePublication
  • Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy, December 2017, pages 182-190
  • Medicinal Chemistry Research, March 2017, pages 1,516-1,527
  • Journal of Ethnopharmacology, October 2002, pages 155-158

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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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