Oral Skin Care
Pycnogenol®, Arborvitae and Oral Skin Care
Pycnogenol is the purest form of maritime pine bark extract available, and is the primary active ingredient in Arborvitae’s range of natural supplements.
Oral Skin Care – Research Abstract
Pycnogenol represents a very potent cosmeceutical which offers a broad range of clinically substantiated health benefits for the skin.
Pycnogenol is widely used in topical and oral applications for various dermatological indications. A unique combination of pharmacological functions of Pycnogenol provides an unmatched variety of health benefits for skin health.Pycnogenol binds and protects collagen and elastin
Pycnogenol has a high affinity to proteins rich in the amino acid hydroxyl-proline. These are predominantly the matrix proteins in the skin, collagen and elastin. When Pycnogenol is added to collagen or elastin, a high amount remains tightly bound. In consequence, Pycnogenol® also tightly binds to the skin. To other proteins such as albumins Pycnogenol has little affinity [Grimm et al., 2004].
Pycnogenol increases skin elasticity
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study with 62 women a complex formulation with Pycnogenol as lead active ingredient was shown to significantly increase skin elasticity after 6 weeks oral treatment by 9% as compared to placebo [Segger et al., 2004]. In addition to Pycnogenol this complex formulation (EvelleTM) bears various natural antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.
Pycnogenol enhances blood micro-circulation in the skin
Pycnogenol enhances generation of endothelial nitric oxide (NO) which is the key mediator facilitating arterial relaxation and consequently allows for optimal blood flow [Fitzpatrick et al., 1998].
Other oral skin care benefits covered in the report:
- Pycnogenol helps prevent UV damage and photo-ageing
- Pycnogenol inhibits melanogenesis and lowers pigmentation intensity
- Pycnogenol is a very potent antioxidant
Source: Horphag Research