The potential of Macaranga plants as skincare cosmetic ingredients: A review

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The application of bioactive ingredients extracted from plants utilized as additives in various cosmetic products has gained popularity, since they are safe, with low adverse effects when applied properly, and are environmentally friendly. Moreover, the awareness of healthier cosmetic products has rapidly increased so that the exploration of screened plants with appropriate properties has attracted significant attention worldwide. This review discusses the potential of one of the fastest-growing tropical plants, Macaranga, applied in skincare cosmetics. Their interesting characteristics, such as being anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial, and their tyrosinase inhibitory effect have been comprehensively summarized. Various scientific literature works have further proven ethnopharmacological studies that explore the traditional use of Macaranga species by local people in the tropics for medicinal and skincare purposes. Therefore, we believe this will allow Macaranga to become a promising material in the future for large-scale industrial skincare cosmetics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023


  • Cosmetics
  • Macaranga
  • fast-growing plant
  • industrial product
  • skincare


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