If you’ve done some research on the best Asian Flush treatment or Asian Glow relief, you might have come across an ingredient called Cosmoperine. But what is it, and does it really help reduce Asian Flush symptoms?
What is Cosmoperine?
Cosmoperine® is also known as tetrahydropiperine (THP) and comes from piperine, the active principle of black pepper and long pepper. This ingredient works as a penetration enhancer when added to water soluble ingredients by enhancing the bioavailability of nutrients (including vitamins and minerals). Currently, there is not enough research to determine the actual mechanism of Cosmoperine’s bio-enhancing properties.
Originally this was marketed as a new cosmetic product as it increases the absorption of drugs and nutrients through the skin. As you can imagine, this can make active ingredients in cosmetics much more effective if they can be absorbed quickly.
In its basic form, it looks like a white powder and has a shelf life of about three years (if stored properly).
Cosmoperine® is a patented product of Sabinsa Corporation, a pharmaceutical company in the US. They manufacture and supply herbal extracts, cosmeceuticals, minerals and specialty fine chemicals.
Does Cosmoperine help prevent Asian Flush?
Cosmoperine itself doesn’t help Asian Flush. It won’t help you metabolize alcohol quickly, which is one of the main issues with Asian Flush.
However, Cosmoperine can be helpful with Asian Flush patches, or alcohol patches. Because it is primarily used in topical applications and helps the skin absorb ingredients better, it can be useful in Asian Glow patches. This ingredient could help the skin absorb the other ingredients in the patch faster than usual.
It’s important to keep in mind that Asian Flush patches can’t guarantee effective relief against Asian Flush, even with Cosmoperine. It’s much harder to get ingredients through the skin than in capsule form. However, it’s important that any Asian Glow patch includes this Cosmoperine to increase their chances. If you find an Asian Flush patch without this ingredient, just know that it may be absorbed less effectively. However, it doesn’t mean that the patch won’t help reduce your symptoms in some way.
If you want to learn more about patches, check out our article here: Asian Flush Patches – do they work?
If you want to find out why we prefer Asian Flush pills, check out: Asian Glow Pill – What’s the best for Asian Glow?