Eco-innovation: Shikimic acid

Eco-innovation: Shikimic acid
Published on 01/22/2024

Shikimic acid, a pretty Japanese-sounding name...

A mild chemical exfoliant derived from star anise.


Identifying active ingredients with chemical exfoliation action and good cutaneous tolerance is strategic to meet the performance needs of anti-aging products claiming a smoothing and brightening action for the skin.

In the family of compounds providing chemical exfoliation, we commonly find :

- AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) such as glycolic acid or lactic acid,

- BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids), such as salicylic acid

- or PHAs (Poly Hydroxy Acids) such as gluconolactone or lactobionic acid.

Their main function is to stimulate desquamation of the epidermis by targeting certain enzymes.

These compounds can be used in higher percentages and in combination in lotions targeting daily exfoliation.

At Cosmetagora, I was particularly interested in Sinerga SpA's VEROCHIC® (INCI: shikimic acid), an active ingredient with deodorant and exfoliating properties. Cosmos approved with ION de 1 & OK Chine.

Curious, I discovered several scientific publications highlighting its deodorant and exfoliating effectiveness, as well as its antioxidant and antimicrobial activities.

By searching the COSMETIKWATCH® database, I found several products using it and claiming its gentle exfoliating action.

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