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Horphag forecasts growth in ingestible skin health category, credits research

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A recent peer reviewed, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study found that daily supplementation with Pycnogenol French maritime pine bark extract may help retain skin hydration, increase skin elasticity, and reinforce skin barrier function for those exposed to urban environmental pollution, as well as seasonal temperature and humidity variations. In addition, the study found Pycnogenol can increase skin lightening during seasonal changes when dark spots pop up.

Method

The research, published in Skin Pharmacology Physiology​, tested 76 participants, 57 of whom were women, with an average age of 41. The test group included those who spent long hours outdoors working in Beijing, China and were exposed to urban air pollution, environmental stress as well as seasonal changes in temperature and humidity from April to November. The participants were split into a treatment group and a control group. During the first 12 weeks, from April to July, the rainy season, the treatment group supplemented orally with 100mg of Pycnogenol daily. After a 1-week washout period, participants were crossed over from treatment to placebo and vice versa for another 12-week study phase of a dry autumn period.

Researchers measured the skin moisture content of the participants with the Corneometer skin moisture tester. Transepidermal water loss (TEWL) was measured with the Tewameter, and skin elasticity was measured with the Cutometer.

Results

The researchers found that Pycnogenol protects skin from environmental factors and stress and that daily oral supplementation with 100mg of Pycnogenol for 12 weeks provided improvements in skin concerns.



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