Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract in Skin Care Products

Ulmus davidiana, also known as yugeunpi, is a natural plant derived antiaging ingredient in skin care products that has been used in Korea and China for a very long time. This skin care ingredient is relatively new to the United States. It is the perfect ingredient to add to an antiaging wrinkle cream for sensitive skin types because it has antiaging, photoprotective, and anti-inflammatory properties. It contains the antiaging ingredient Bakuchiol.

Benefits of Ulmus davidiana root extract on skin

Ulmus davidiana is anti-inflammatory which also helps prevent hyperpigmentation on the skin that occurs from inflammation.

It has photoprotective qualities that help protect your skin from sun and pollution. It has Bakuchiol, which is known to have antiaging effects. It is a humectant moisturizer that hydrates skin and plumps fine lines similarly to hyaluronic acid.

Is Ulmus davidiana root extract good for your skin?

The best ingredients to treat sensitive aging skin depends upon your Baumann Skin Type. Ingredients can inactivate each other so care should be taken to make sure that the skin care products you choose work well together. We can help. Once you know your Baumann Skin Type, you can use the build a regimen feature and shop for products that are right for your skin type.

What is Ulmus davidiana root extract used for?


Contact Dermatitis (1)

Dry Skin






Sensitive Skin

Skin Allergy (1)

Skin Aging

Wounds (7)

Evidence based research about Ulmus davidiana root extract on skin

U. davidiana extract contains catechins, bakuchiol. and epifriedelanol (10, 12) which give it a strong ability to protect the skin from sun exposure and the inflammation that sun exposure causes.

Anti-inflammatory activity of U. davidiana

Inhibits the release of interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-8 . (2)

Blocks prostaglandin D? production. (4)

Contains Bakuchiol which is known to be anti-inflammatory (5)

Speeds wound healing (7)

Photoprotective activity of U. davidiana

Helps human fibroblast skin cells recover faster after exposure to UVA radiation. (2)

When combined with other herbs the combination blocked damage from UVB radiation. (9)

Blocked collagen production impairment after UVB exposure in mice. (9)

Decreased inflammatory cytokine levels of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and IL-1β (9)

Antiaging Benefits of U. davidiana

Decreases cellular senescence thru its component called Epifriedelanol (10)

Has antioxidant activity (11)

Decreased decrease in MMP-1 activity (collagenase) after UVB exposure (11,12)

Is this ingredient something you should use on your skin? It depends on your Baumann Skin Type and the other products you are using in your skin care routine. Click below and we will guide you.



  1. Lyu J, Kim BJ, Kim H. Anti-Allergic Effect of Ulmus davidiana Cortex on Contact Dermatitis Induced by Dinitrofluoro- Benzene in Mice. J Pharmacopuncture. 2013 Jun;16(2):41-5.
  2. Eom SY, Chung CB, Kim YS, Kim JH, Kim KS, Kim YH, Park SH, Hwang YI, Kim KH. Cosmeceutical properties of polysaccharides from the root bark of Ulmus davidiana var. japonica. J Cosmet Sci. 2006 Sep-Oct;57(5):355-67.
  3. So HM, Yu JS, Khan Z, Subedi L, Ko YJ, Lee IK, Park WS, Chung SJ, Ahn MJ, Kim SY, Kim KH. Chemical constituents of the root bark of Ulmus davidiana var. japonica and their potential biological activities. Bioorg Chem. 2019 Oct;91:103145.
  4. Choi HG, Park YM, Lu Y, Chang HW, Na M, Lee SH. Inhibition of prostaglandin D? production by trihydroxy fatty acids isolated from Ulmus davidiana var. japonica. Phytother Res. 2013 Sep;27(9):1376-80.
  5. Choi SY, Lee S, Choi WH, Lee Y, Jo YO, Ha TY. Isolation and anti-inflammatory activity of Bakuchiol from Ulmus davidiana var. japonica. J Med Food. 2010 Aug;13(4):1019-23.
  6. Alishir A, Yu JS, Park M, Kim JC, Pang C, Kim JK, Jang TS, Jung WH, Kim KH. Ulmusakidian, a new coumarin glycoside and antifungal phenolic compounds from the root bark of Ulmus davidiana var. japonica. Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2021 Mar 15;36:127828.
  7. Park TH, Lee S, Amatya R, Maharjan P, Kim HJ, Park WS, Ahn MJ, Kim SY, Moon C, Cheong H, Min KA, Shin MC. Development and characterization of a superabsorbing hydrogel film containing Ulmus davidiana var. Japonica root bark and pullulan for skin wound healing. Saudi Pharm J. 2020 Jul;28(7):791-802.
  8. Kwon YE, Choi SE, Park KH. Regulation of Cytokines and Dihydrotestosterone Production in Human Hair Follicle Papilla Cells by Supercritical Extraction-Residues Extract of Ulmus davidiana. Molecules. 2022 Feb 19;27(4):1419.
  9. Her Y, Lee TK, Ahn JH, Lim SS, Kang BG, Park JS, Kim B, Sim H, Lee JC, Kim HS, Sim TH, Lee HS, Won MH. Chemical Composition of a Novel Distillate from Fermented Mixture of Nine Anti-Inflammatory Herbs and Its UVB-Protective Efficacy in Mouse Dorsal Skin via Attenuating Collagen Disruption and Inflammation. Molecules. 2020 Dec 29;26(1):124.
  10. Yang HH, Son JK, Jung B, Zheng M, Kim JR. Epifriedelanol from the root bark of Ulmus davidiana inhibits cellular senescence in human primary cells. Planta Med. 2011 Mar;77(5):441-9.
  11. Kim YO, Seo YC, Lee HY, Oh SM, Lee SW, Kim HD. Anti-wrinkle effect of Ulmus davidiana extracts. Korean Journal of Medicinal Crop Science. 2011;19(6):508-13.
  12. Lee S, Yu JS, Phung HM, Lee JG, Kim KH, Kang KS. Potential Anti-Skin Aging Effect of (-)-Catechin Isolated from the Root Bark of Ulmus davidiana var. japonica in Tumor Necrosis Factor-α-Stimulated Normal Human Dermal Fibroblasts. Antioxidants (Basel). 2020 Oct 13;9(10):981.

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