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Unique Ingredients: Diacetyl Boldine

The pigmentation treating ingredient you haven't heard of.



2 MIN READ | NOVEMBER 11, 2020


Dylan Mustapich is a NYC-based lead esthetician who has been featured in New Beauty, Teen Vogue, Wired, and The Huffington Post. With a lifelong love of all things skin, he is incredibly knowledgeable about skincare ingredients, routine refinement, and personalized skincare, and follows emerging technology closely.

Extracted from the bark of Chilean Boldo trees, Diacetyl Boldine is an antioxidant that is known to treat excess pigmentation concerns including sunspots, hyperpigmentation, and melasma by inhibiting Tyrosinase, an enzyme responsible for melanin production. It’s a lesser-known ingredient for pigmentation concerns compared to popular active ingredients like Vitamin C, Hydroquinone, and Lactic Acid.

The Chilean Boldo tree (AKA Peumus Boldus) is native to central Chile but may rarely be found growing in European and North African botanical gardens. Its leaves have a scent similar to Camphor and are commonly used for cooking or as an herbal tea often mixed with Yerba Mate. In Brazil, Boldo is classified as a phytotherapeutic plant and is used to treat mild indigestion. Boldo has been historically used as a liver tonic and gallstone treatment by indigenous Chileans, as well as for a variety of other folk remedies.

In fact, fossilized Boldo leaves believed to be over 13,000 years old have been found in Chile. Some of the fossils even have imprints of human teeth, further proving Boldo has long been consumed by us.

In skincare applications, Diacetyl Boldine pairs particularly well with other ingredients used to treat pigmentation concerns like Vitamin C, additional Antioxidants, and Kojic Acid. It helps the skin appear brighter and appear more even in tone. Using multiple ingredients that treat pigmentation concerns can amplify their effects, as each has a different way of working. Diacetyl Boldine can be found in moisturizers, serums and exfoliants, sometimes taking the place of l Hydroquinone. It is one of the principal (or main) active ingredients that could be in your Atolla serum. 

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