Polyphenols for Skin Found In Skin Care Products
Polyphenols in Skincare Products
You will not find polyphenols on skincare product labels because they are a component found in skincare ingredients. See the table below for a list of classes and categories of polyphenols that have skin benefits.
To find skincare products that contain polyphenols, look for the ingredients in the Polyphenol Table above on the skin care product labels.
Are Polyphenols Antioxidants?
Yes, polyphenols neutralize free radicals and are considered antioxidants.
Polyphenol Benefits for Skin
What are polyphenols good for? They are used to calm free radicals in the skin. This means they have antiaging and anti-inflammatory benefits.
The polyphenols used most often in antiaging skin care are plant derives such as green tea, genistein, pycnogenol and phloretin.
Anti-inflammatory benefits of polyphenols
Polyphenols are soothing and used in creams for rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and other creams to soothe dermatitis an treat skin inflammation. Polyphenols found in skincare that soothe inflamed skin include the cosmetic ingredients oatmeal, caffeic acid, chamomile, and witch hazel.
Skin Lightening benefits of polyphenols
What are polyphenols?
Polyphenols are a family of thousands of chemical substances found in plants. They are strong antioxidants.
Examples of polyphenols include the four polyphenolic catechins in green tea:
EGCG [(-)EpiG-alloCatechin-3-O-Gallate]- This is the strongest of these green tea derived polyphenols.
Skin Creams with Polyphenols
When evaluating skincare creams and serums with polyphenols, you need to know which polyphenols are in the product and what percent of polyphenols are in the product. Unfortunately, this information is not on the product label.
 Adapted from Baumann L. Ch 39 Antioxidants in Baumann’s Cosmetic Dermatology (McGraw Hill 2022)