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Black Hoof Mushroom Extract

Black Hoof Mushroom Extract

What is black hoof mushroom Extract?

Black Hoof Mushroom extract, derived from the Black Hoof Mushroom (also known as Phellinus linteus), is a traditional medicinal mushroom used extensively in East Asia. 

How does this ingredient work in skincare?

Black Hoof Mushroom extract contains a rich blend of bioactive compounds that contribute to its effectiveness in skincare. Its immunomodulatory properties are derived from polysaccharides and beta-glucans that stimulate the immune system, enhancing the skin's natural defense mechanisms against pathogens and environmental damage. 

The extract's potent antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals, protecting the skin from oxidative stress that accelerates aging. Additionally, its anti-inflammatory agents reduce skin inflammation, which is vital for maintaining skin elasticity and structure. These combined actions make Black Hoof Mushroom extract a multifaceted ingredient in skincare products, aiming to improve skin health, appearance, and resilience.

How does this ingredient compare to others?

While it’s hard to compare plant extracts, since there are so many of them out there, mushrooms in general are more geared towards barrier support, hydration, soothing, and sometimes brightening.

Potential benefits of this ingredient for the skin

Black Hoof Mushroom extract is gaining attention in skincare due to its various beneficial properties:

  • Enhanced Skin Immunity: By boosting immune function, Black Hoof Mushroom extract can help the skin defend itself against microbial infections and other environmental aggressors, which might otherwise lead to skin problems.
  • Antioxidant Protection: The antioxidants present in Black Hoof Mushroom help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals, which are a major factor in premature aging, including wrinkles and loss of elasticity.
  • Anti-inflammatory Properties: Its anti-inflammatory effects are beneficial for reducing skin inflammation, which can help alleviate symptoms of skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and acne, leading to smoother, calmer skin.
  • Hydrating Effects: Some studies suggest that Black Hoof Mushroom may help the skin retain moisture, enhancing hydration and potentially improving skin texture and appearance.
  • Collagen Production: There is preliminary evidence to suggest that Black Hoof Mushroom might influence collagen synthesis, which is crucial for skin structure and firmness, thereby aiding in anti-aging efforts.

Products we use this ingredient in

Mushroom B5 Toning Cocktail


  • Ahn, Hee-Young et al. “Anti-Pigmentation Effects of Eight Phellinus linteus-Fermented Traditional Crude Herbal Extracts on Brown Guinea Pigs of Ultraviolet B-Induced Hyperpigmentation.” Journal of microbiology and biotechnology vol. 28,3 (2018): 375-380. doi:10.4014/jmb.1711.11043
  • Hwang, Ji Sun et al. “Immunomodulatory effect of water soluble extract separated from mycelium of Phellinus linteus on experimental atopic dermatitis.” BMC complementary and alternative medicine vol. 12 159. 18 Sep. 2012, doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-159