Acetyl Glucosamine

Acetyl Glucosamine

RATING: EXCELLENT

CAS #: 10036-64-3 | EC #: 233-115-1
Chemical/IUPAC Name: N-Acetyl-.Alpha.-D-Glucosamine

Quick Facts

  • Acetyl glucosamine is an amino acid sugar that naturally occurs in the skin
  • Known to help lighten dark spots with skin brightening agents
  • Can mimic the effects of NMF compounds found on the skin’s barrier
  • It is known to be an effective vegan ingredient formulated into skincare products

Who can use it?

Dry normal, combination and oily skin types are able to use this ingredient, those with a sensitive skin should consult a GP before using it. 

What is Acetyl Glucosamine?

This amino sugar occurs in the body and can deliver two main skin benefits, often mimicking the very popular humectant ingredient hyaluronic acid. The first benefit of this clever ingredient is its ability to combat signs of premature ageing, such as fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around the eye area. The second benefit is the fact it is able to lighten the appearance of brown spots and hyperpigmentation with marked improvement shown after daily application for 8 weeks. If you are wanting quicker results it is considered a good idea to combine acetyl glucosamine with niacinamide so when you are looking to target hyperpigmentation keep an eye out in the list of ingredients on the product for both these potent ingredients.

Side effects of Acetyl Glucosamine

To avoid any side effects it is best to seek the advice of a doctor, dermatologist or skin professional to ensure it is safe to use this ingredient in your daily routine.

Scientific Evidence

  • Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Volume 5 (4) – Dec 1, 2006, Glucosamine: an ingredient with skin and other benefits

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