ABOUT - ACADERMA
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Philosophy
Science
Sustainable
OUR STORY
The Inception of Acaderma

As scientists first, we have always been curious about the unharnessed potential of botanicals. This curiosity drives us to search the world, discovering novel and natural alternatives to toxic chemicals, with the mission of finding better and safer solutions for skin health.

Everything that we do is based on rigorous academic research, and we believe that science has the power to transform our beauty dreams and aspirations into reality. Rather than simply publishing papers in scientific journals, we take it one step further, harnessing the value of our academic research in the development of amazing technologies. These in turn power our simple, yet effective skincare products.

It's a long journey from scientific discovery to a product on the shelf, but our curiosity and scientific integrity keep us motivated to continue our path of innovation and boundless discovery.

RATIONAL CLEAN FORMULA
9-Free Cosmeceuticals
NO SLS/SLES
Inexpensive cleanser that removes lipids from the skin, which damages natural skin barrier and causes irritation.
We use mild surfactant based on amino acids or glucoside.
NO Parabens
Traditional preservatives with estrogenic effects have possible endocrine disrupting effects.
We use advanced low irritation preservatives from natural source.
NO Mineral Oil
There is a risk of contamination from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs): cancer-causing chemicals found in crude oil and its by-products. 
We use natural sourced or ECOCert® certified oil.
NO Propylene Glycol
Propylene Glycol is also known as 1,2-propanediol. This synthesized material have a high risk of irritation to skin.
We use propanediol (1,3-propanediol) made from corn sugar as a replacement.
NO Synthetic Dyes
Derived from petrochemicals that are useless to skin health and might cause allergies, skin sensitization and eye irritation.
The colours of our products are from ingredients themselves.
NO Hydroquinone
Traditional depigmentation ingredient that is toxic to melanocytes and might cause discoloration of the skin.
We use award-winning next generation ingredients that are potent and safe to skin.
NO Phthalates
Some phthalates are considered as hormone disruptors (usually used in fragrance or perfumes and nail polish.
NO Formaldehyde Releasers
Traditional preservatives can be absorbed through the skin and linked to cancer or allergic skin reactions.
NO Fragrances
Both natural or synthetic fragrances represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals (can contain hundreds!), which induce contact allergy.
REVOLUTIONARY TECHNOLOGY
Beyond Clean Beauty
Novel
We don’t rely on suppliers. We bring ground-breaking scientific research to consumers by discovering novel ingredients that are new and disruptive in skincare industry.
Effective
Science is our foundation. In the lab, we isolate and extract potent natural actives that are rigorously tested and backed by independent clinical trials.
High Quality
Not all materials are made equally. 90% purity is much more premium than that of 10%. We only use high quality ingredients that with least impurity to minimize irritation risk to the skin.

We believe innovation in ingredients achieves better efficacy

NO KIDDING → Rigorous Academic Research
The 4 Steps to Discovery, Evaluation and Validation
Extraction and Identification
Use HPLC, NMR and chromatographic technologies to isolate and identify the working components inside the plant extract.
STEP 1
Large Scale Screening
Use skin cell model as efficacy tracking system to screen effective fractions and give up real-time feedback to improve extraction procedure.
STEP 2
Cellular Action Mechanism Study
Use molecular biology technology (western blot, florescent scope, etc.) to study the action mechanism of effective ingredients
STEP 3
Efficacy and Safety Validation
Use artificial skin model and clinical trial as a replacement of animal test to validate efficacy and safety.
STEP 4
Giving Back
Sustainable Development

While science informs our perspective at Acaderma, our passion for the planet and people are at the heart of our business. We are currently working together with an NGO in Africa to reimbue traditional plants (like kinkeliba, an antioxidant-rich shrub grown in the Sahara) with new purpose and economic value, as well as establish more sustainable farming practices. By infusing these powerful-yet-untapped ingredients into our products, we are able to provide local women with a new set of skills and a stable income.

We believe innovation in ingredients achieves better efficacy