Scutellaria baicalensis is a flowering oriental medicinal plant (also known as Baikal skullcap or Chinese skullcap) used to treat inflammation, infections, and wound healing. The root extract of this medicinal plant contains more than 40 bioactive compounds, including flavonoids, terpenoids, polysaccharides, and essential oil with volatile components.
Flavonoids from Scutellaria Baicalensis root extract leave several beneficial effects on the skin. Baicalein originally found in the roots inhibits biofilm formation of Staphylococcus aureus. Baicalin protects skin from UV-induced damage and soothes inflammation, preventing fibroblasts from oxidative damage and apoptosis. In addition, it reduces acne-induced inflammation and speeds up the healing process.
Chinese skullcap roots contain terpenoids with significant antioxidant activity. Interestingly, some diterpenoids leave the antifungal effect, and others are antifeedant (insect refusal), which is very actual in summer.
Essential oil fraction of Baikal skullcap root extract rich in volatile ingredients has a notable antimicrobial effect against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.
Polysaccharides from Scutellaria Baicalensis root extract consist of glucose, galactose, and arabinose chains and have antioxidant, antiviral, and moisturizing properties.
This medicinal plant extract is a natural ingredient for skincare formulas that soothe inflammation, protect from photoaging and harmful microbiota, and hydrate skin, enhancing water-binding ability.