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Ursolic Acid

* An anti-inflammatory ingredient


Ursolic Acid is a naturally-derived compound found in a variety of fruits and plants, including apples, basil, bilberries, cranberries, elder flower, peppermint, rosemary, lavender, oregano, thyme, hawthorn, and prunes, that it used in cosmetics and personal care products for its anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties (Wikipedia). According to, Ursolic Acid has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties, not only preventing the growth or bacteria and fungus in formulas and on the skin, but assisting with wound healing as well. Ursolic Acid is known to prevent the development of cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase, inflammatory enzymes that aggravate the skin (Herbal-Properties).

Ursolic Acid is also thought to improve general health of the skin and hair by creating barriers on the surface, much like the protective wax found on fruits and plants. It is used to "treat photoaged skin, because it inhibits the appearance of wrinkles and age spots by restoring the skins collagen bundle structures and elasticity. Ursolic acid inhibits the action of elastase enzyme in the skin, thereby preventing the enzyme from attacking structural proteins," according to

Ursolic Acid is also considered a natural treatment for a variety of cancers, specifically skin cancer, because of its ability to prevent tumor growth. Please read more information on its cancer preventation at

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

Ursolic Acid is not reviewed by the Cosmetics Database, the CIR, or any other regulating organization. However, it is generally considered a safe and natural ingredient and no studies were found that listed negative side effects resulting from its use.

Recommended Products w/ Ursolic Acid:

Oraia Anti-Aging Intensive Regeneration Complex
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