“Whiten your skin with corn silk”

November 9, 2013

Kwang Dong Pharmaceutical acquires the patent  

Corn silk, which has been used in Korean traditional medicine, was found to be effective in skin whitening. / Korea Times file

Corn silk, which has been used in Korean traditional medicine, was found to be effective in skin whitening. / Korea Times file

Kwang Dong Pharmaceutical Company in Korea announced on Friday that it has acquired the patent on skin whitener containing corn silk extract from the Korea Food Research Institute.

According to the institute’s research, corn silk extract decreased the formation of melanin in skin cells by 37.2 percent, which is more effective than Arbutin, widely used for whitening.

A clinical test on females in their 40s also showed that the corn silk extract helps improving skin tone and whitening.

“We are currently doing diverse research on corn silk, verifying moisturizing and anti-wrinkle effects and extracting anti-carcinogenic material. We hope to develop diverse products following acquisition of the technology,” the Kwang Dong spokesman said.

The pharmaceutical company has already successfully launched corn silk tea in the market.

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