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This lovely, simple, and affordable product has become something I don't want to be without. I am 47, with very sensitive and reactive dry skin. This cream doesn't feel particularly moisturizing and leaves something of a 'dry' finish on the skin after application, but it's had SUCH a positive impact on my face. The redness and papules from my rosacea and seb derm have reduced by a good 90%. It's been a magical barrier restorer and I panicked when it was temporarily out of stock. I would recomme.. ...»
Candace Carnahan
This is the best product I have ever used on my skin and I tried a LOT of expansive brands. It helps with redness and overall skin tone. Please do not ever stop making this stuff... ...»
I' m not sure about this: "11% solution gives 1% EGCG content in final product." What is the weight of final product? .. ...»
Vesna Hanich
Tried this on my week-old rash from flea bites. Got an almost instant relief and rash healed in 2 days. Tried it on my daughter who has eczema for a very long time. The rashes calmed down after a few days and her skin is now healing well. Really great product. Just put in order for another jar.... ...»
Just recently ordered this and LOVE! Green Tea EGCG truly is one of the most fantastic skincare actives out there. Very difficult to find good quality product (90%) and even harder to actually solubilize it! Love that it comes in pre-dissolved solution. I enjoy adding it at 1% (so 11% sol) to my serum formulations containing Niacinamide 5% + NAG 3%. Excellent for oily acne prone skin. *Only gripe... because the Pre-Dissolved Solution is SO heavy in propanediol (10 parts Propanediol for 1 part E.. ...»
Wonderful base cream! Only multi-lamellar structured cream I've found on the market. Cream itself is lightweight (no oil) yet very conditioning/hydrating. Easily accepts water-soluble active ingredients as well as oil-soluble ones. I've even pushed the additional ingred % up to 20 (meaning 80% this cream, 20% added) without any separation issues. Ideal base cream for delivering actives. Personal favorite recipe calls for 5% straight Grapeseed Oil with 5% SebumREG oil active + Panthenol 1% + E Ac.. ...»
This ingredient has done more for my skin than anything else I've ever used. I put it into a spray facial toner and use it morning and night. I noticed the effects immediately, they were that dramatic. I will use this forever, no question... ...»
Excellent base Ceramide 2, 3, 6II Lamellar Liquid Crystal PRE emulsion! It went very well for me and my daughter, she has atopic dermatitis. Literally on the third day of applying the cream (which is made up of Multi Lamellar Base Cream V2 Carrier Oil Free, NO Polymer 60%, 10% black currant oil, rice bran oil 5%, 1% of the complex of ceramides and water), the skin of my daughter got clean and healthy. I have noticeably narrowed pores, face was moist and disappeared on my forehead shine. Now Mul.. ...»
I've been using Bulkactives green tea EGCG for four years. No complaints, it blends nicely my DIY anti-aging cream. I can feel a bit of toning and definitely notice the anti-inflammatory effects on my skin. Two observations that keep the rating 4 stars instead of 5: (1) A package of green tea contains significantly less weight/volume than the package of grape seed extract that I order from bulkactives. The two are combined in equal amounts in the anti-aging cream, so I find myself running o.. ...»
Theresa Andrews
Another great find on bulkactives. Mixed with de mineralized water, you have the basis to add to any serum, mix with your moisturiser, to simply use on it's own. Love it... ...»
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Buy GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) For Skin Care

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a neurotransmitter with purported dermatological benefits. Several patents indicated that GABA can be used as a wrinkle relaxer based on its inhibitory effect on muscles. Some patents also claim that GABA can dilate skin peripheral blood vessels, moisturize and prevent aging, suppress parakeratosis and shrink pores, as well as whitening the skin. However there is no scientific data to support these claims. On the other hand, a preliminary research study has shown that GABA can stimulate hyaluronic acid synthesis and protect the fibroblasts from oxidative stress. Another study showed that GABA was able to upregulate beta-defensin-2, which is an anti-microbial peptide, and filaggrin, which plays a role in normal barrier function of the skin. Lastly, GABA might be useful in combating inflammation associated with psoriasis based on preliminary findings that GABA receptors are expressed in white blood cells in psoriatic skin. Overall, the evidence of GABA in supporting skin health is very weak, and consumers are warned for its application.

Unsubstantiated benefits of GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) in skin care:

  • Anti-bacterial [11]
  • Anti-inflammatory [12]
  • Anti-oxidant [10]
  • Capillary health [4][5][6]
  • Lightening and brightening [8][9]
  • Moisturizing and hydration [4][5][6][11]
  • Pore refinement [7]
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles [2][3][4][5]
  • Restore barrier function [11]
  • Stimulate HA production [10]
  • Wrinkle relaxers [2][3][4][5]
GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) skin care active ingredients
Product Code: BulkActives
CAS#: 56-12-2
Net weight: 30g /1.06oz
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GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid)

About GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) in DIY Skin Care

Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a well-known neurotransmitter. In the mature brain of humans, it exerts inhibitory function on neurons when bind to GABA receptors, through regulating the chloride gradient across the cell membrane. GABA is synthesized by enzymes called glutamate decarboxylase, using glutamate as the substrate. Once synthesized, it is transported in little vesicles to the synapses of the neurons, and its action depends on its metabolism, expression, and activity level. GABA is important for brain development, and its dysfunction has been linked to a myriad of neurological disorders such as autism, Fragile X, Rett syndrome, Down syndrome, schizophrenia, Tourette's syndrome and neurofibromatosis.[1]

GABA has been marketed as a wrinkle relaxer based on the claim that it can inhibit neuronal activity and hence relax muscles, limiting the “expression lines” resulted from muscle hyper-contraction such as in the peri-oral regions. There are several patents that indicate such function when used topically.[2][3][4][5] Other patents that mentioned GABA’s benefits include dilation of skin peripheral blood vessels,[4][5][6] moisturizing and age-preventing,[4][5][6] suppressing parakeratosis and pore shrinking,[7] and whitening effects.[8][9] However, there have been no peer-reviewed study published to date (May, 2015) on these effects.

Research on dermatological use of GABA has been sporadic. It has been shown that glutamate decarboxylase exists in human dermal fibroblasts, and GABA can stimulate the synthesis of hyaluronic acid and enhances the survival rate of the fibroblasts when exposed to oxidative stress in vitro.[10] GABA synthesized from fermentation of grape must using bacteria (Lactobacillus plantarum) has been shown to increase the level of beta-defensin-2, hyaluronan synthase, and filaggrin in reconstituted human skin tissue,[11] suggesting that GABA might play a role in anti-microbial function, hydration, and proper barrier function of the skin. GABA receptors are expressed in a number of white blood cell types in psoriatic skin, and GABA has been implicated to be important in relieving inflammation associated with psoriasis.[12] These studies provide new possibilities for the application of GABA, however consumers are encouraged to exercise precautions due to the fact that none of these studies has been replicated and substantiated.
Assay: 99.6%
CAS No.: 56-12-2
INCI: Gamma-AminoButyric Acid
Appearance: white powder
Solubility: water
Suggested percentage: No data available, up to customer's discretion

Storage: Cool, dry place. Do not freeze. Keep away from light and moisture!
Country of origin: China
[1]          G. Deidda, I. F. Bozarth, and L. Cancedda, “Modulation of GABAergic transmission in development and neurodevelopmental disorders: investigating physiology and pathology to gain therapeutic perspectives,” Front. Cell. Neurosci., vol. 8, May 2014.
[2]          O. D. Lacharriere and L. Breton, “Compositions and methods for treating wrinkles and/or fine lines of the skin,” US5976559 A, 02-Nov-1999.
[3]          O. D. Lacharriere and L. Breton, “Compositions and methods for treating wrinkles and/or fine lines of the skin,” US5869068 A, 09-Feb-1999.
[4]          H. Kyotaro and H. Minoru, “Cosmetic for preventing skin from aging,” 05-043448, 23-Feb-1993.
[5]          T. Hiroshi, “Cosmetic for preventing aging of skin,” 05-117137, 14-May-1993.
[6]          O. Tadatake, A. Takashi, and H. Kyotaro, “Cosmetic for preventing aging of skin,” 60-184005, 19-Sep-1985.
[7]          M. Kaminuma, M. Suetsugu, T. Iida, and S. Inomata, “Parakeratosis inhibitor, pore -shrinking agent and external compositon for skin,” US20120232111 A1, 13-Sep-2012.
[8]          S. Tatsuro and T. Hiroshi, “Skin-whitening cosmetic,” 05-229929, 09-Jul-1993.
[9]          T. Hiroshi and S. Tatsuro, “Skin-beautifying cosmetic,” 05-194178, 08-Mar-1993.
[10]        K. Ito, K. Tanaka, Y. Nishibe, J. Hasegawa, and H. Ueno, “GABA-synthesizing enzyme, GAD67, from dermal fibroblasts: evidence for a new skin function,” Biochim. Biophys. Acta, vol. 1770, no. 2, pp. 291–296, Feb. 2007.
[11]        R. Di Cagno, F. Mazzacane, C. G. Rizzello, M. De Angelis, G. Giuliani, M. Meloni, B. De Servi, and M. Gobbetti, “Synthesis of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) by Lactobacillus plantarum DSM19463: functional grape must beverage and dermatological applications,” Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol., vol. 86, no. 2, pp. 731–741, Mar. 2010.
[12]        R. Nigam, H. El-Nour, B. Amatya, and K. Nordlind, “GABA and GABA(A) receptor expression on immune cells in psoriasis: a pathophysiological role,” Arch. Dermatol. Res., vol. 302, no. 7, pp. 507–515, Sep. 2010.

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