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Nutraceuticals and skin appearance: Is there any evidence to support the claims?

Posted 15 February 2018

“The rise of the nutraceutical market, specifically oral nutrition supplements claiming to improve skin appearance, is striking. This paper aims to examine the published scientific evidence for beneficial effects of nutraceuticals on skin appearance. An overview of skin physiology and intrinsic and extrinsic ageing is provided which underlies the potential physiological processes nutraceuticals purport to counter”.

“Current evidence for those without existing authorised claims (e.g. green tea extract, pomegranate extract, carotenoids, evening primrose oil, borage oil, fish oil, collagen and co-enzyme Q10) is reviewed, focussing primarily on evidence from randomised controlled trials where available, in relation to skin parameters including wrinkles and hydration”. 

“To date, the evidence for many ingredients in relation to skin appearance is limited, not sufficiently robust and/or inconsistent. Although there are a small number of human studies suggesting a potential benefit and some plausible biological mechanisms, much of the evidence Read the rest

Does Cocoa Butter work for stretch marks?

Posted 17 May 2016

Niccy, a reader of CamCheck asks: “Hi, does Cocoa Butter formula really work for stretch marks.”

We searched PubMed for studies about Cocoa Butter and stretch marks.
(“PubMed comprises more than 26 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites”)

We found 5.

None support the claims that cocoa butter is effective for stretch marks.

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