The antioxidant that supports a clear complexion

A powerful, naturally derived skincare ingredient, silymarin provides antioxidant benefits and is shown to reduce lipid peroxidation, which can cascade into blemish formation.

What is silymarin?

Derived from the milk thistle plant, silymarin has been used for a wide range of therapeutic purposes in traditional medicine for thousands of years thanks to its purifying and detoxifying benefits1. A flowering herb closely related to ragweed and daisy, silymarin is rich in flavonoid antioxidants that have been found to help neutralize free radicals.

1Surai PF. Silymarin as a Natural Antioxidant: An Overview of the Current Evidence and Perspectives. Antioxidants (Basel). 2015;4(1):204-247. Published 2015 Mar 20. doi:10.3390/antiox4010204


Silymarin Explained

What are the benefits of silymarin in skincare?

In addition to being an effective antioxidant that helps prevent the skin damage caused by free radicals, silymarin may also help prevent the oxidation of lipids on the skin’s surface1—which may play a role in the development of conditions that are favorable for acne formation . This is why silymarin is one of the core ingredients in our newest daily topical antioxidant, Silymarin CF, which is formulated exclusively for oily and blemish-prone skin.

1Bowe, W. P., & Logan, A. C. (2010). Clinical implications of lipid peroxidation in acne vulgaris: old wine in new bottles. Lipids in health and disease, 9, 141.

What skin types can benefit from silymarin?

Silymarin may be especially beneficial for oily and blemish-prone skin, which is characterized by higher overall levels of sebum (the oils that are produced naturally by the skin), a greater degree of oxidation of the sebum, and lower levels of natural antioxidant protection>sup>1. When skin’s oils oxidize, free radicals are generated that can damage skin and create favorable conditions for blemishes. Silymarin CF is a powerful antioxidant serum clinically demonstrated to help prevent oil oxidation.

1Dréno B. What is new in the pathophysiology of acne, an overview. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2017 Sep;31 Suppl 5:8-12

Why add silymarin to your skincare routine?

SkinCeuticals is world-renowned for being on the forefront of topical antioxidant science, and Silymarin CF offers free-radical protection designed exclusively for oily and blemish-prone skin with an elegant, non-greasy formula. When used daily in conjunction with broad-spectrum sun protection, this silymarin-infused topical antioxidant serum can help shield the skin from the environmental damage, and together with its salicylic acid can help prevent blemish formation.

How does silymarin work?

The antioxidant benefits associated with silymarin may help prevent free radicals from causing skin damage that may contribute to premature signs of aging while minimizing lipid peroxidation, which in turn can help reduce the favorable environment for blemish formation.

What is the best way to integrate silymarin into my skincare regimen?

If you have oily or blemish-prone skin, getting the skin-improvement benefits of silymarin is as easy as applying Silymarin CF to clean skin every morning before other serums, moisturizers and sunscreen.

How often should I use products containing silymarin?

When using silymarin in the form of a daily topical antioxidant such as Silymarin CF, it’s best to apply four to five drops to clean, dry skin after cleansing and/or toning in the morning to shield the skin from free radicals and environmental damage over the course of the day. Silymarin is also a key ingredient in our Face Cream, and this lightweight moisturizer can be used on the face, neck and chest in the morning and/or evening to combat moisture loss and help prevent free-radical damage.

  • Silymarin CF


    An oil-free vitamin C serum formulated specifically for oily and blemish-prone skin types that delivers advanced environmental protection and reduces oiliness, refines skin texture, and visibly improves skin clarity and fine lines.
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