Tanacetum Parthenium (Feverfew)


Plant extracts

No known benefits

Tanacetum Parthenium (Feverfew) description

_Tanacetum parthenium_ (commonly known as feverfew) can be potentially sensitising if a specific constituent of the feverfew plant known as parthenolide (technically, sesquiterpene lactone) is present. If the parthenolide is removed from feverfew, it is not a problem for skin and may actually be beneficial because parthenolide-free feverfew has potent skin-soothing properties and can help to diminish redness. If a skin care product contains _Tanacetum parthenium_, it’s best to contact the company to confirm that the feverfew in their products is parthenolide-free. Note: All Paula’s Choice products are parthenolide-free.

Tanacetum Parthenium (Feverfew) references

  • Journal of Dermatological Sciences, December 2013, pages 304-31
  • Pharmacognosy Review, January-June 2011, pages 103-110
  • Archives of Dermatologic Research, February 2008, pages 69-80

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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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