Topical Skin Care
Pycnogenol®, Arborvitae and Topical 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.
Topical Skin Care – Research Abstract
Pycnogenol represents a very potent cosmetic ingredient which offers a broad range of clinically substantiated health benefits.
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.Human skin absorbs Pycnogenol
Pycnogenol was tested for the ability to be absorbed by human skin [Sarikaki et al, 2004]. A Pycnogenol® solution was applied to a viable human skin patch and molecules penetrating the skin were identified.
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.
Other topical skin car benefits and insights covered in the report:
- Pycnogenol accelerates wound healing and lowers scar formation
- Pycnogenol is a potent antioxidant
- Pycnogenol helps prevent UV damage and photo-ageing
- Pycnogenol has broad anti-microbial activity
- Pycnogenol is effective for acne treatment
Source: Horphag Research