N-Acetyl Glucosamine Powder (NAG)



N-Acetyl Glucosamine (NAG) Powder is naturally found in the skin. It’s also an ingredient found in brightening and exfoliating serums, creams and lotions.

INCI Name: N-Acetyl Glucosamine

Derived from: Shells of Crustaceans

Ingredient Function: Skin brightening, exfoliation, hydration

Appearance: White crystalline powder

Solubility: Soluble in water up to 25% (Note that if used above 10%, solution will be cloudy, and not be clear/ colorless).

PH: 3 to 7

Used to Formulate: Toners, serums, lotions and creams

Usage Rate: 1 – 4%, up to 10%

Formulation Notes:

  • Best to pre-dissolve NAG in water before adding to a formulation
  • Add NAG during the heated water phase of your formulation at below 50°C
  • Can also be added during the cool-down phase, as NAG is soluble at room temperature
  • Can also be added to an emulsion phase, cream base or an existing cream or lotion
  • Optimal PH: 2-8


Common Types of Products Formulated with N-Acetyl Glucosamine Powder

  • Skin brightening products
  • Anti-ageing products
  • Exfoliating products


Benefits & Uses of N-Acetyl Glucosamine Powder to the Skin

  • NAG Powder reduces dryness in skin, as it helps increase the skin’s moisture content
  • Helps maintain the skin barrier
  • Increases the skin’s elasticity and collagen production
  • NAG Promotes wound healing
  • Promotes exfoliation of dead skin cells without irritation
  • Has skin brightening properties, especially when combined with Niacinamide. N-Acetyl Glucosamine (NAG) Powder helps reduce hyperpigmentation, thereby evens out the skin tone.

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