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Patent Pick: Data Now Drives Yin/Yang Skin Balancing Act

May 17, 2016 | Contact Author | By: Rachel Grabenhofer, Cosmetics & Toiletries
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Keywords: yin | yang | TCM | Estée Lauder | fermented | extracts | skin | statistics | data

Abstract: Ancient Chinese fortune tellers may never have guessed the secrets of balancing the skin could be driven by modern statistical models. Read more from this Estée Lauder patent to become "enlightened."

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to restore skin's Yin-Yang balance appears to be getting an upgrade.

Biological data-driven fermented TCM topical treatments
U.S. Patent 9333231 
Publication date: May 10, 2016 
Assignee: ELC Management LLC

This invention relates to topical compositions containing fermented extracts based on TCM. The compositions are tailored for users based on personal biological data and customized according to TCM principles.

The appropriate topical composition is selected by: a) collecting biological data from the user; b) categorizing their skin composition by indicating its Yin-Yang balance (or lack thereof); and c) selecting a topical composition containing a blend of fermented Chinese herbal extracts to maintain or restore the Yin-Yang balance. The recommended composition is categorized using a statistical model that weights the biological data according to TCM principles.

The topical compositions are prepared by fermenting a blend of extracts from one or more TCM ingredients in the presence of an aerobically metabolizing microorganism. This reduces or eliminates undesirable odor and/or color while preserving its biological activities. It is then formulated into a cosmetically or pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.

Specific fermented extracts may include: Cordyceps sinensis mycelia, Ginkgo biloba leaf, Polygonum cuspidatum rhizome, Citrus reticulata peel, Ganoderma lucidum fruiting body, Selaginella tamariscina plant, Calendula officinalis flower, Rhodiola rosea rhizome, Perilla frutescens fruit, Phellodendron amurense bark and Foeniculum vulgare seed, among others.