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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 a known amount of Phytosphingosine

Other products with Phytosphingosine

mazidla Kompleks Ceramidowy Dr. Ceuracle Blue One GRAVICH Caffeine Active Eye Relief Serum mazidla Booster Ceramidowy Catalysis S.L. Cicatrix Scar Reducing Cream Daiso Ceramide Face Cream Daiso Ceramide Serum Dermacol Acneclear Intensive Anti-Acne Treatment PURE'AM pH Balance Calming Toner Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% Bha Gel Exfoliant Sanitas Perfecting Serum Simple Spotless Skin Rapid Action Spot Zapper TAHNYC Illume Aflofarm Nivelium Serum punktowe (Spot treatment serum) Doctor Babor Pro Ceramide Concentrate Icon Skin Hydro Impulse TAHNYC Pure little pam Skin Barrier Lotion Amperna Probiotic+ Ds Soothing Serum BYOMA Balancing Face Mist CUSTOM No.333 by New York Ceramide Cezanne Skin Conditioner High Moist Erha Skin Barrier Body Moisturizer Lady loved Crème De La Crème Firming Anti-Aging Cream Paula's Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots ROUND LAB Soybean Cleansing Oil Rituel Cosmetiques Cloud Hydrating Water Cream Torriden Dive-In Skin Booster Torriden Dive-In Skin Booster almost 1.618 Ceramide Complex + Phytosphyngosine Natural Biserum BYOMA Moisturising Gel Cream CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion No Spf (Uk Version) DRMTLGY Hydration Booster 10x Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect Lift And Firm Eye Cream Spf15 Erha Gentle Skin Barrier Face Moisturizer IOPE Pore Clinic Tightening Essence Ishtar Multi-Ceramide Concentrate Mary Allan Moisture Molecules™ - Hyaluronic Serum Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash Suganda Squalane Ceramide Moisturiser Uriage DS Hair Regulating Anti-Dandruff Lotion l'amore beauty Intensive Eye Repair Serum system akvile Soothing Moisturizer A'pieu Tea Tree Spot Patches Apothaka Barrier Support Serum With Niacinamide & Ceramides Beaute Recipe Water Sleeping Mask Biobellus Crema Skincer CeraVe Moisturizing Cream Clinique All About Eyes™