Pycnogenol supplement found to improve skin hydration, elasticity
The research conducted at the Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine (IUF) in Dusseldorf, Germany revealed that natural supplement Pycnogenol, an antioxidant was found to improve skin hydration and elasticity in women.
Pycnogenol is a natural plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, and contains procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids.
The study examined 20 healthy women, aged 55 - 68 years, and were given 75 mg of Pycnogenol per day, over a period of 12 weeks.
In the research, skin hydration, skin elasticity, skin fatigue, and gene expression of HAS-1, COL1A1 and COL1A2 were evaluated at the beginning and after 12 weeks of Pycnogenol supplementation.
The study found that Pycnogenol elevated COL1A1 by 29% and COL1A2 by 41%, increased hyaluronic acid production in skin by 44%, and improved skin elasticity by 25 %.
Leibniz Research Institute lead researcher Jean Krutmann said Pycnogenol is the only natural supplement that stimulates hyaluronic acid production in human skin, and found to benefit human skin.