What is Pitera and What Can it Do for Your Skin?

Many inventions and technologies that we use nowadays are actually products of happy accidents in the past. Post-Its, Velcro, Play-Doh, Teflon, even the microwave oven is the product of an accident. These discoveries aren’t limited to office supplies, toys, and home appliances, however. In fact, one of the most popular and long-standing skincare and beauty discoveries in the past three decades was also a result of chance — pitera.

Pitera is an ingredient derived from a type yeast created when fermenting rice to produce sake. It was first discovered in Japan when scientists observed that the workers in a sake brewery had faces that were wrinkled and lined with age and yet hands that were soft, smooth, and supple. This triggered years of research to uncover the “secret” until finally, in 1980, the Japanese beauty brand SK-II came up with their facial treatment essence with pitera as its primary bio-ingredient.

Since then, pitera has received worldwide recognition. And if A-list celebrities like Cate Blanchett swear by its wondrous results, it will definitely make you wonder just how beneficial pitera can be for your skin, too. Here’s a look at what this ingredient can offer.

Pitera, in a Nutshell

Multiple types of yeast are produced when rice undergoes fermentation. The most potent one of these yeasts is pitera, which is also called saccharomycopsis ferment filtrate, containing the highest amounts of vitamins, minerals, peptides, and amino acids, among many other nutrients. These components share a similar structure with naturally occurring nutrients in human skin, making them more effective in restoring and transforming one’s complexion.

The Effects of Pitera

With more than 50 micronutrients packed into its cellular structure, it isn’t surprising that pitera carries a lot of beneficial effects for your skin. Some of these include the following:

  • Enhanced cell regeneration. The components of pitera lend themselves not just to faster but also more efficient skin cell regeneration. It peaks the skin’s natural rejuvenation process, providing the necessary nutrition to restore damaged skin proteins.
  • Relief for irritated skin. One of the results of yeast fermentation is the increased activity of polygalacturonases in the skin. One of these polygalacturonases is called allantoin, a compound that’s known to have soothing, healing, and keratolytic (the capability to remove excess skin) properties.
  • Slows down aging. Pitera has been found to increase the production of hyaluronan (hyaluronic acid) in the skin. This is an important component found abundantly in the soft connective tissues of the skin. As we age, our body’s capability to synthesize hyaluronan slows down. With some assistance from pitera, the body can continue producing sufficient amounts of hyaluronan, keeping the skin firm and supple.
  • Keeps the skin moisturized. Hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant, drawing water into the skin to hydrate its surface. This minimizes trans-epidermal water loss keeping the skin moisturized for longer periods. It also plumps the skin, which can help smooth out small wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Refines skin texture and evens out the complexion. The abundance of skin-friendly nutrients in pitera makes it an effective agent to smoothen skin. It can also lighten dark spots for a more even complexion. Pitera also helps balance the skin’s natural flora, resulting in the ideal pH balance.
  • Better absorption of nutrients. Another benefit of pitera is that, because it is fermented and thus have smaller molecules compared to other actives, the nutrients it contains can penetrate the skin more easily, leading to better absorption.

One thing you have to remember is that consistency is key. The sake brewery workers who had triggered the pitera research had their hands exposed to the yeast for hours each day, almost every day, after all.

With all that being said, however, the beauty benefits of pitera can’t be denied. Try it for yourself and see how it can rejuvenate your skin — if you need more persuasion, just take a look at Cate Blanchett’s smooth and fair skin and let the living proof convince you!


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