16th January 2020

What is Phosphatidylcholine and How Can It Help My Skin?

Last Modified: June 12, 2022

Have you ever heard of phosphatidylcholine (PC)? It’s a chemical found naturally in sunflower, mustard, soybeans, eggs, and other foods. The word “phosphatidylcholine” is often used interchangeably with “lecithin;” however, these are two different substances.

Most commonly, phosphatidylcholine is used for treating circulation problems, gallbladder disease, eczema, hepatitis, premenstrual syndrome, preventing ageing, boosting the immune system, and more. Read on to learn more about the benefits of phosphatidylcholine for the skin.

Infection and Wound Healing

When phosphatidylcholine is applied to skin grafts, it has been shown to provide skin health-promoting effects. It also helps with the formation of new skin over wounds. This is attributed to the skin normalising and hydrating qualities it offers.

Repair Against UVB Damage

Phosphatidylcholine also helps in relieving erythema, which is redness, in skin exposed to UVB rays. This is attributed to the ability the substance has to increase antioxidants while reducing free radicals. These benefits are thanks to the higher levels of EFA’s that are found in this liposomal material.

Improves the Delivery of the Active Ingredient

This is one of the most commonly known uses for phosphatidylcholine. Active ingredient delivery is important, and it affects the efficacy of a product. In the skincare industry, many people are focused on percentages and actives, but if there is no effective delivery mechanism, the ingredient never has a chance to do what it is supposed to.

PC has provided the highest skin permeation effects. This is one of the reasons it’s often used for prescription medications given in patch form.


PC is extremely effective for treating acne. In addition to reducing efflorescence and comedones, which are attributed to the creation of acne, it also reduced the concentration of squalene while increasing linoleic acid concentration.

What Products Contain Phosphatidylcholine?

It is surprising that with all the benefits PC offers that more brands and products aren’t using it. Not only does it benefit the skin directly, but it also boosts how effective other items are, ensuring your expensive creams and serums work even harder to provide more impressive results.

It’s a good idea to look at the ingredient list on a skincare product to see if PC is included. It’s worth the extra investment you may have to make, thanks to all the benefits it offers.

Is Your Skin Getting the TLC it Deserves?

If you aren’t using a product that includes phosphatidylcholine as one of its ingredients, now is the time to make a change. By doing so, you will see all the benefits listed here, and more for your skin’s health and appearance.

If you want to learn more about this ingredient or learn about other skin treatments that may be beneficial, contact us. Our team can help you find the right treatments and products for your skin, regardless of the issues you have or the problems you are trying to prevent.

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