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A novel topical ingredient derived from seaweed significantly reduces symptoms of acne vulgaris: A general literature review.
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PMID:  23752036     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Currently, benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics, and retinoids are the mainstay topical treatments for acne vulgaris. However, potential benefits may be offered by natural, marine-derived ingredients, such as those derived from brown seaweed (Laminaria digitata). This article will review the available literature on two ingredients; "seaweed oligosaccharides," which are those derived from the polysaccharide membrane of Laminaria digitata, and a novel seaweed oligosaccharide-zinc complex (SOZC) (Phycosaccharide AC, The Mentholatum Company, East Kilbride, UK). Findings from a recent double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial (RCT) will also be reported and likely mechanisms discussed. The findings taken together suggest that SOZC can significantly ameliorate symptoms of acne vulgaris, particularly in terms of reducing sebum production and populations of Propionibacterium acnes.
Authors:
Carrie H S Ruxton; Gill Jenkins
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cosmetic science     Volume:  64     ISSN:  1525-7886     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cosmet Sci     Publication Date:    2013 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-06-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9814276     Medline TA:  J Cosmet Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  219-26     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Nutrition Communications, Cupar, United Kingdom (C.H.S.R.), and General Practitioner, Bristol, United Kingdom(GJ).
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