Dermatological and cosmeceutical benefits of Glycine max (soybean) and its active components

Acta Pol Pharm. Jan-Feb 2015;72(1):3-11.


Glycine max, known as the soybean or soya bean, is a species of legume native to East Asia. Soya beans contain many functional components including phenolic acids, flavonoids, isoflavonoids (quercetin, genistein, and daidzein), small proteins (Bowman-Birk inhibitor, soybean trypsin inhibitor) tannins, and proanthocyanidins. Soybean seeds extract and fresh soymilk fractions have been reported to possess the cosmeceutical and dermatological benefits such as anti-inflammatory, collagen stimulating effect, potent anti-oxidant scavenging peroxyl radicals, skin lightening effect and protection against UV radiation. Thus, present review attempts to give a short overview on dermatological and cosmeceutical studies of soybean and its bioactive compounds.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cosmetics / pharmacology*
  • Humans
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology*
  • Skin / drug effects*
  • Soybeans / metabolism*


  • Cosmetics
  • Plant Extracts