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Glossary of Ingredients


We’re the ultimate seekers here at Perricone MD. When we’re not researching new anti-ageing skincare ingredients and ways to make trusted ones work harder for your skin, we’re working toward furthering our goals of understanding the science of healthy ageing, and developing new anti-ageing products and tools for smart skincare users like you. It’s complicated work that, over the decades, led to a fairly complicated collection of skincare products. And so we knew that the time had come to clean up our anti-ageing act.

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  2. Acai

    Naturally Energy Boosting Superfood

    Dr. Perricone's number one super food. Nature's energy source which contains a remarkable concentration of antioxidants as well as a synergy of healthy fats and dietary fibre for cardiovascular and digestive track health.

  3. Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC)

    Toning & Sculpting

    Agent An amino acid naturally produced by the body, acetyl-L-carnitine creates a slimming and contouring effect by smoothing away the look of excess fat. It is a vital ingredient for the metabolism of fats in the body.

  4. Acyl-Glutathione

    The Master Antioxidant

    Comprised of three amino acids, glutathione is the body’s main antioxidant and helps to reduce the look of deep wrinkles and creases by protecting and replenishing fragile skin. Natural levels of this essential building block deplete, but topical application can help skin appear smoother and more youthful.

  5. Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)

    Powerful Exfoliation for Radiant Skin

    Organic acids often found in plants, AHAs exfoliate and hydrate for brighter, younger-looking skin. They easily penetrate skin’s surface to help eliminate dead skin cells and offer an alternative to harsh physical exfoliants.

  6. Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

    Nature’s Most Powerful Antioxidant

    A fatty acid found in every cell in the human body, ALA reduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores. Fat and water-soluble, ALA is highly absorbable and works alongside the body’s own antioxidant system.

  7. Amino Acids

    Build Stronger Skin

    Organic compounds that make up over 20% of the human body, amino acids hydrate for firmer, smoother looking skin, strengthen surface skin cells, and have been used for a variety of skin conditions.

  8. Argan Oil

    Natural Moisture Booster

    Rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, argan oil creates smoother, more supple skin by allowing it to retain more moisture. Its molecular size allows it to sink into skin faster than other oils.

  9. Astaxanthin

    Nature's Most Powerful Antioxidant

    When it comes to free radical scavenging, this remarkable antioxidant is 65 times more powerful than vitamin C, 54 times more powerful than beta-carotene and 15 times more powerful than vitamin E.

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  11. Bilberry Extract

    Naturally Smoothing

    Derived from bilberries, which are closely related to blueberries and rich in vitamins and antioxidants, this natural powerhouse helps visibly smooth lines and wrinkles by working alongside the body’s antioxidant response system. Bilberries are a great source of vitamins A, C, E and K.

  12. Bisabolol

    Skin-Brightening Antioxidant

    One of the main compounds found in chamomile extract, bisabolol brightens by promoting skin’s natural healing process. It is a natural, pure, sustainable and biodegradable ingredient obtained from plant sugars that has been used for hundreds of years in medicinal practices.

  13. Blueberry

    Anti-Ageing Antioxidant

    Packed with age-reversing antioxidants, blueberry encourages the release of dopamine, an energising, stimulatory neurotransmitter. Blueberries speed up brain communication and reverse the deterioration of motor functions. Countless studies confirm their ability to fight free radicals which can damage the skin cells and cause premature ageing.

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  15. Caffeine

    Natural Energy Booster

    A natural stimulant and powerful antioxidant found in over 60 plants, caffeine helps visibly lift and brighten by energising skin’s surface. Caffeine can be especially helpful for skin that is exposed to environmental aggressors.

  16. Candeia Tree Extract

    Skin Protectant

    A conditioning plant extract that soothes and improves the appearance of damaged skin by allowing it to hold on to moisture. By improving skin’s moisture levels, it helps protect skin from daily environmental stressors.

  17. Chamomile Extract

    Naturally Hypoallergenic & Soothing

    This antioxidant-rich, gentle herbal extract helps visibly minimise fine lines and discolouration. It penetrates easily into skin’s surface layers and is ideal for sensitive skin around eyes and lips.

  18. Chinese Ginger Plant Extract

    Natural Skin Brightener & Perfector

    A naturally-derived skin brightening agent that visibly improves dullness and discoloration. It works via a three-step process that helps to visibly correct dark spots resulting in triple the skin-brightening benefits.

  19. Chlorophyll Microcapsules

    Naturally, Deeply Cleansing & Detoxifying

    Chlorophyll is a nutrient-dense antioxidant pigment found in algae that cleans and purifies. It helps remove impurities, dirt and oil and is rich in magnesium and phytonutrients.

  20. Citrus Extract

    Naturally & Gently Exfoliating

    Antioxidant-rich and derived from lemons and oranges, citrus extract visibly brightens and smooths skin by gently exfoliating and removing dead surface cells. This mild astringent is ideal for oil-prone, problematic skin.

  21. Coconut Oil

    Hydrating & Conditioning

    Packed with vitamin E, coconut oil deeply hydrates for healthier, radiant-looking skin. Its low molecular weight makes it highly absorbable for superior conditioning and hydration.

  22. Cocoa Extract

    Concentrated Boost of Hydration

    Antioxidant-rich cocoa extract immediately hydrates and rebalances while visibly minimising lines and wrinkles. Cocoa is extremely bio-available and has more antioxidants by weight than blueberries, green tea or red wine.

  23. Copper Complex

    Powerful, Skin Strengthening Hydration

    An element found in almost every cell in the human body, copper helps visibly improve firmness and elasticity by hydrating and energising skin.

  24. Copper Tripeptide

    Refresh & Rejuvenate

    A powerful, naturally occurring complex with three amino acids that helps repair dry skin for a dramatically firmer, smoother, younger- looking complexion. This amino acid trio is highly absorbable and helps protect against environmental aggressors.

  25. Cranberry Seed Oil

    Antioxidant & Omega Super Berry

    This cold-pressed, natural source of vitamin E helps nourish dull skin and protect against environmental stressors. Highly absorbable, it is the only oil known to contain the perfect ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids.

  26. Cress Sprout Extract

    Vitamins & Minerals to Brighten

    This herbal extract packed with antioxidants and vitamins helps visibly brighten and minimise discolouration by working alongside the body’s antioxidant response system. Cress sprouts are rich in fatty acids and by weight have more vitamin C than oranges.

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  28. Daisy Flower Extract

    Naturally Evens Tone

    Used medicinally in Ancient Egypt, daisy flower extract is a natural ingredient sourced from the head of the daisy flower that visibly reduces uneven skin tone by addressing the look of hyperpigmentation at its source. It is a gentler alternative to more aggressive ingredients that creates a more uniform complexion, with the same powerful benefits.

  29. DMAE

    Intensive Firming

    Naturally produced by the human brain, DMAE helps visibly lift sagging skin. Easily and quickly absorbed, it visibly plumps skin to help support skin’s surface structure and protect against drying environmental aggressors.

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  31. Ferulic Acid

    Free Radical Skin Protection

    A plant-based, super antioxidant that reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots by supporting the skin in fighting against free radical damage. Ferulic acid is also known to stabilize vitamins C and E to enhance their properties for maximum skin benefits.

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  33. Glycolic Acid

    Superior Exfoliation

    An ultra-powerful alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that instantly exfoliates, hydrates, and visibly reduces discolouration. A low molecular weight enables it to absorb effectively into skin’s surface where it acts as a highly effective alternative to harsh physical exfoliants.

  34. Green Tea Extract

    Ancient Asian Antioxidant

    Skin-soothing, antioxidant-rich and naturally derived, green tea extract helps refresh dry skin and visibly minimise discolouration. Used for centuries, it is among the most highly regarded ingredients in both skincare and holistic practices.

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  36. H2 Energy Complex™

    Quickly Revives Tired-Looking Skin

    An antioxidant-rich mineral complex that nourishes and energies skin. It freely moves across barriers within skin’s surface for quick, visible results.

  37. Hemp Seed Oil


    Contains the optimal balance of omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids, which work to hydrate and protect skin.

  38. Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

    All-Day Hydration

    An important part of the skin’s natural support structure, topical HA provides essential hydration for visibly plumper skin. A low molecular weight enables HA to effectively penetrate the skin’s surface. This powerful substance is more hydrating than any other known skincare ingredient.

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  40. Kukui Nut Seed Oil

    Featherweight Hydration

    Made by cold pressing the kukui nut, this nutrient-dense oil hydrates without a greasy or heavy feel. Easily absorbed into skin’s surface, it has been used for centuries in Hawaii to combat dry, sensitive skin.

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  42. L-Carnitine

    Smooths, Brightens, Clarifies

    A naturally-occurring amino acid, L-carnitine helps visibly brighten and clarify skin by encouraging surface skin renewal. Because it is naturally produced and used by the body, it is extremely bio-available.

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  44. Malted Barley


    Helps minimise irritation caused by shaving.

  45. Micellar Water

    No-Water-Necessary Cleansing

    Mineral water infused with tiny oil molecules (“micelles”) that draw out impurities while softening and conditioning skin. Micelles naturally attract dirt and oil, cleansing without over-drying, making them ideal for dry or sensitive skin.

  46. Microalgae

    Hydrate & Condition

    Antioxidant-rich single-cell seaweed, microalgae quickly hydrates and softens for plumper, healthier-looking skin. These powerful plants have evolved over millions of years to be extremely resilient and nutrient-dense.

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  48. Neuropeptides

    Uniting Surface Cells to Fight Wrinkle

    Powerful, protein-like building blocks offer the ultimate visible antidote to wrinkles, sagging, dullness, and discolouration. Neuropeptides encourage surface skin cells to work together via a unique chemical structure.

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  50. Oat Kernel Extract

    Sooth, Hydrate & Protect

    Packed with antioxidants, this natural hydrator visibly lifts, smooths and soothes. Its molecular structure ensures maximum penetration into skin’s surface and makes it a very effective plant-based skin protectant.

  51. Olive Polyphenols

    The Delicate Skin Antioxidant Solution

    Phytonutrients found in olives hydrate skin while combating visible loss of firmness and fine lines. Non-acidic and easily absorbed, they are highly effective yet gentle enough to use post-cosmetic procedure.

  52. Olive Leaf Extract

    The Original Mediterranean Antioxidant

    Rich in oleuropein, a powerful phytonutrient, olive leaf extract visibly soothes and smooths by helping skin retain moisture. This potent, multi-purpose extract has been used for centuries in traditional remedies around the world.

  53. Omegas 3, 6 & 9

    Essential Moisture Barrier Protection

    Found in walnuts and flax seeds, these pro-fatty acids help visibly plump and increase radiance by strengthening skin’s moisture barrier and improving its ability to retain water. Omegas 3 and 6 are essential yet do not occur naturally in the body.

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  55. Papaya Enzyme

    Exfoliate & Brighten

    This tropical, medicinal fruit enzyme visibly smooths and brightens by exfoliating surface cells for increased skin renewal. In contrast to many exfoliants, papaya enzyme is gentle yet highly effective.

  56. Peptides

    Fortify Damaged Skin

    A chain of amino acids, peptides visibly improve skin thickness and firmness by supporting the building blocks of healthy, youthful-looking skin. Topical application can help improve the appearance of damage caused by collagen breakdown, including wrinkles and sagging.

  57. Phytocannabinoids

    Non-psychoactive cannabinoids

    Derived from the cannabis sativa plant that are valued for their powerful antioxidant properties. Naturally derived phytocannabinoids deliver powerful antioxidant benefits which help stressed, oil-prone skin feel soothed, healthy and refreshed. Our phytocannabinoids are extracted from the mature stalk of the fibre-type hemp plant and have no recreational use.

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  59. Raspberry, Blackberry & Cranberry

    Natural Anti-Inflammatory

    Phytonutrients which provide fruits with their vibrant colours are proven to hold powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits to fight off heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis and wrinkled, sagging skin.

  60. Red Seaweed Extract

    The Original Ocean Antioxidant

    Naturally derived and rich in peptides, phytonutrients and antioxidants, this powerful extract hydrates and conditions by strengthening skin’s natural moisture barrier. Seaweed is one of the only known natural sources of the essential vitamin B-12.

  61. Red Wine Grape Skin

    Natural Cardiovascular Support

    This ingredient supports heart health & cholesterol level management, provides instant energy and antioxidant support.

  62. Retinol

    Exfoliates for Accelerated Rejuvenation

    Ultra-powerful, non-prescription vitamin A derivative that dramatically reduces the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and discolouration by accelerating surface skin exfoliation and renewal. A unique slow-release carrier system helps preserve this unstable ingredient and calm skin.

  63. Rosemary Leaf Extract

    The Herbal Firmer

    A powerful, natural antioxidant that helps tighten the appearance of skin, is highly absorbable, and has been valued for centuries for its skin-toning abilities.

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  65. Salicylic Acid

    Pore-Minimising Exfoliation for Oil-Prone Skin

    A beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), salicylic acid is considered the best non-prescription treatment for visibly enlarged pores and oil-prone skin. It quickly and effectively exfoliates and removes dead skin which can clog pores. Because it is oil-soluble, salicylic acid is easily absorbed for targeted, more effective treatment.

  66. Siberian Ginseng


    Soothes and helps skin to fight stress and adapt to external aggressors, such as extreme weather and environmental pollution.

  67. Sicilian Blood Orange


    Helps protect against UV damage, help fight free radicals and inflammation.

  68. Soy Protein

    Hydrates and conditions skin

    Harnesses powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, soy protein conditions the skin and helps to stimulate collagen.

  69. Squalane

    Hydrate & Nourish

    Found naturally in the human body and derived from olive oil, squalane hydrates and helps visibly reduce fine lines and discolouration. It effectively absorbs into skin to deliver superior hydration and nourish surface cells.

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  71. Turmeric Extract

    The Antioxidant Super Spice

    This antioxidant and phytonutrient-rich spice native to Southeast Asia helps maintain, rejuvenate and defend skin’s youthful appearance by working alongside the body’s natural antioxidant response system. This medicinal multi-tasker has been prized for thousands of years in India and China.

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  73. Vitamin B3

    Dark Spot & Dullness Eraser

    An essential vitamin, B3 minimises the appearance of dark spots and improves skin’s radiance. It absorbs quickly into skin to visibly reduce hyper-pigmentation and discolouration.

  74. Vitamin B5

    Reduce Water Loss

    Naturally found in foods such as broccoli, B5 hydrates and softens by helping skin’s surface attract and retain water. By improving skin’s moisture barrier, B5 can help defend against potential irritants.

  75. Vitamin B6

    Transform Skin Texture

    Naturally found in foods such as bananas, B6 helps visibly improve skin texture and hydration by working alongside the body’s natural antioxidant response system for a healthier-looking complexion.

  76. Vitamin C Ester

    Supercharged Brightening &Smoothing

    A more potent, highly stable and less abrasive form of antioxidant-rich vitamin C, Vitamin C Ester promotes the appearance of collagen-rich skin by visibly smoothing, brightening and minimising discolouration. Unlike traditional vitamin C, Vitamin C Ester is fat-soluble and easily absorbable or maximum antioxidant benefits.

  77. Vitamin E

    Super Skin Nourishment

    A hydrating, reparative antioxidant found in almonds and avocados that visibly minimises scars and discolouration for more even-looking skin. A unique chemical structure enables vitamin E to disperse within skin’s surface for long-term, dramatic results.

  78. Vitamin F Blend

    Ultimate Moisture Barrier

    Protection Flaxseed, chia seed and macadamia seed oils help restore suppleness and create a healthy glow by intensely moisturising and improving skin’s moisture barrier. They're essential yet not naturally found in the human body.


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