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It's a type of lipid, a so-called sphingoid base that can be found naturally in the upper layer of the skin. It's found both in "free-form" and as part of famous skin lipids, ceramides.

There is emerging research about Phytosphingosine that shows that it has antimicrobial and cell-communicating properties and is considered part of the skin's natural defense system.

A 2007 study showed that Phytosphingosine even works against evil acne-causing bacteria, Propionibacterium acnes and shows promise as a complementing active ingredient in treating acne-prone skin thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activities.  

A nice one to spot in the ingredient list. :)

Show me some proof

  • International Journal of Cosmetic Science, June 2007, Anti-microbial and -inflammatory activity and efficacy of phytosphingosine: an in vitro and in vivo study addressing acne vulgaris

Products with Phytosphingosine

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% Bha Gel Exfoliant Cezanne Skin Conditioner High Moist CeraVe Pm Facial Moisturizing Lotion IOPE Pore Clinic Tightening Essence Paula's Choice Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster Cover fx Pressed Mineral Foundation Meishoku Ceracolla Perfect Gel CeraVe Healing Ointment Paula's Choice Calm Redness Relief Repairing Serum Rosette Aqua Ceramide Gel Uriage Bariéderm Drying Repairing Cica-Spray CeraVe Ultra-Light Moisturizing Face Lotion With Sunscreen Spf 30 Decubal Face Vital Cream Paula's Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser Beauty Bio The Quench Quadralipid Recovery Cream Boots Boots Expert Dry Itchy Sensitive Treatment DR.BELMEUR Daily Repair Cleansing Water Aquation Daily Moisturizing Lotion CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner Kiku-masamune Sake Emulsion Paula's Choice Clinical Ultra-Rich Moisturizer Skin Inc. Ceramide Serum CeraVe Baby Wash & Shampoo CeraVe Facial Mosturizing Lotion CeraVe Feuchtigkeitscreme (Moisturizing Cream Eu Version) CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser CeraVe SA Renewing Foot Cream MAC Studio Moisture Fix Rodan and fields Unblemish Dual Intensive Acne Treatment SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 Maximum Strength Refining Night Cream StriVectin Hyaluronic Dual Response Serum CeraVe Feuchtigkeitslotion (Moisturizing Lotion Eu Version) CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser CeraVe Skin Renewing Day Cream With Broad Spectrum Spf 30 Sunscreen Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Yuri Pibu Artichoke Power Essence CeraVe Renewing Sa Cleanser CeraVe Schäumendes Reinigungsgel (Foaming Facial Cleanser Eu Version) Neogen White Truffle Laycure Oil Stick Stratia Liquid Gold iS Clinical Sheald Recovery Balm CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion Chemist Confessions Mr. Reliable Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum Paula's Choice Clear Oil-Free Moisturizer Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser Simple Spotless Skin Anti-Blemish Moisturiser Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Tencel Sheet Mask
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