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Usnea Barbata Extract

Also-called-like-this: Lichen Extract


The extract coming from the alpine lichen, Usnea Barbata. It is known for its excellent efficacy against gram-positive bacteria, meaning that it can serve as a natural preservative and deodorant agent.

Its main biologically active component is usnic acid (a molecule produced only by lichens) that's not only an antibacterial agent, but also has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing promoting effects. According to manufacturer info,  the antibacterial activity of Usnea Barbata makes the ingredient helpful against body odor, blemished skin, and dandruff. 

It is also very common in K-Beauty products, as it is part of a popular Korean natural preservative system trade named EURO-Napre (combined with Zanthoxylum Piperitum and Pulsatilla Koreana). 

Show me some proof

  • Weckesser, S., et al. "Screening of plant extracts for antimicrobial activity against bacteria and yeasts with dermatological relevance." Phytomedicine 14.7-8 (2007): 508-516.
  • Cocchietto, Moreno, et al. "A review on usnic acid, an interesting natural compound." Naturwissenschaften 89.4 (2002): 137-146.

Products with Usnea Barbata Extract

Aromatica Sea Daffodil Cleansing Mousse Manyo Factory Active Refresh Herb Peel Manyo Factory Galactomyces Niacin Special Treatment Essence Sidmool Min Jung Gi Wild Ginseng Root Ampoule Aromatica 95% Organic Aloe Vera Gel Sidmool Saccharo Ferment Sparkle First Ampoule Skin Watchers Ac Clearing Essence MEDI-PEEL Bio Intense Gluthione 600 White Ampoule Secret Key Lemon Sparkling Peeling Gel Elishacoy Ice Herb Whitening Water Drop Essence Mediheal Vita Lightbeam Essential Mask Mediheal linefriends I.P.I Lightmax Ampoule Mask URANG Everyday Ph Balancing Mist Benton Snail Bee High Content Lotion Sidmool Saccharo Ferment Therapy Essence I'm From Mugwort Sheet Mask Manyo Factory Bifidalacto Complex Yuri Pibu Artichoke Power Essence Aromatica Argan Intensive Hydrating Serum Knours Skin Meditation Gel Cream Manyo Factory Galactomy Clearskin Aha/Bha Exfoliation Toner Manyo Factory Green Tea Ice Cream Pack Marie Veronique Treatment Cleanser Secret Key Tea Tree Refresh Calming Toner Sidmool Anemarrhena Elasticity Essence Troiareuke Ascen Oil Cut Cleansing Beautiqlo Aloe Centella Vera Gel Benton Cacao Moist And Mild Cream Cle Melting Cleanser Dermalogica Ultracalming Cleanser Manyo Factory Treatment Essence Natural Sunblock Spf 29 Pa++ Secret Key Aloe Soothing Moist Toner The Creme Shop Clear Up Skin! Unicorn Mask Yuripibu Asiatica Calming Ampoule BONAJOUR Extreme Spot Serum Olivarrier Emollient Extra Comfort Cream Secret Key Rose Floral Softening Toner Secret Key Witch-Hazel Pore Clear Toner LadyKin Vanpir Dark Repair Youth Activator Manyo Factory Ultra Moist Rebirth Ampoule Sioris Feel So Fresh Toner Benton Cacao Moist And Mild Toner Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask Boo Bamboo Bamboo Fiber Charcoal Sheet Mask Brickell Revitalizing Anti-Aging Cream Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Toner Manyo Factory Galactomy T-Serum Olivarrier Dual Moist Toning Lotion PAPA RECIPE Bombee Honey Pudding Cream Shangpree Bitgoa Hue Essence Toner