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Shikimic acid is a natural product of cosmetic importance and is extracted from star anise (Illicium verum)
Shikimic acid belongs to the AHA group of acids, and has excellent exfoliating properties without causing irritation. Active It's powerful antioxidant properties protect the skin against premature ageing. It also effectively inhibits the development of Propionibacterium acnes, the bacteria responsible for acne lesions. The secretion of sebum is regulated, while the skin is brightened. Due to its tyrosinase inhibiting activity it whitens the skin. Keratinisation of the epidermis is regulated and the thickness of the outer layers of the epidermis is reduced. In comparison to
benzoic acid, p-coumaric acid, vanillic acid, syringic acid, quinic acid, orcinol and phenylpyruvic acid it is quite a potent skin lightening agent.