Pine Bark Extract (Pycnogenol) Reduces Wrinkles in Women
If you wish there were a magic remedy that would eliminate all your wrinkles and fight the signs of aging, you're not alone. Although no such remedy has been found, a new study does show that pine bark extract (Pycnogenol®) may reduce skin wrinkles and increase skin smoothness, along with other skin benefits.
How to fight wrinkles from the inside out
As people age, the skin experiences a natural breakdown of elastin, a protein in the skin that provides elasticity; and collagen, which works in sync with elastin to provide strength and firmness to the skin.
In this new study, 20 healthy women aged 55 to 68 years were given 75 mg of Pycnogenol to take daily for 12 weeks. Pycnogenol is a trademark name for a supplement derived from the pine bark of the Pinus pinaster tree.
Pine bark extract has been credited with boosting brain function and aiding in the management of hay fever, poor circulation, pain, diabetes, and menopausal symptoms, benefits that may be attributed to the presence of phytonutrients that include procyanidins, bioflavonoids,and organic acids.
In this study, Pycnogenol’s anti-wrinkle potential was explored. The authors evaluated and noted skin hydration, skin elasticity, and skin fatigue at baseline and after six and 12 weeks of the study. They also collected biopsy samples at baseline and after 12 weeks of taking Pycnogenol to evaluate the expression of the genes HAS-1 (involved with tissue health), COL1A1 and COL1A2 (genes that provide instructions for making collagen 1 and 2).