Patent Pick: Got Melanin? Get Masterwort.

Photo credit: Meneerke Bloem
Photo credit: Meneerke Bloem

Skullcap for skin whitening? That was last week's news. AmorePacific is at it again, this time with a masterwort extract to decrease melanin.

Whitening umbel extract
WIPO Patent Application WO/2016/003117
Publication date: Jan. 7, 2016
Assignee: AmorePacific Corp.

The present patent application describes a composition based on an umbel extract, specifically Peucedanum ostruthium or masterwort, as the natural active ingredient.

According to the inventors, this composition reduces melanogenesis and inhibits tyrosinase, which results in a skin-whitening effect. The active ingredient can be used in both pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

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