Pine Bark Extract Slows Aging Skin

No longer relegated to holding Christmas tree lights or feeding squirrels, a certain pine tree has been clinically proven to improve human skin on a molecular level for the first time.

Researchers from the Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine, in Dusseldorf, Germany, studied 20 women aged 55 to 68 who were given 75 milligrams daily of the supplement Pycnogenol, which is created from the bark extract of the French maritime pine tree. During the 12-week study, the scientists monitored skin elasticity, hydration and fatigue.

At the end of the study, the women experienced a 44 percent increase in hyaluronic acid production, 25 percent greater skin elasticity, 8 percent better hydration, 3 percent fewer wrinkles and a 6 percent improvement of skin smoothness.

"This study provides skin-physiological and, for the first time, molecular evidence that Pycnogenol supplementation benefits human skin by increasing skin hydration and skin elasticity,” the authors reported in the journal Skin Pharmacology and Physiology. “These effects are most likely due to an increased synthesis of extracellular matrix molecules such as hyaluronic acid and possibly collagen." The supplement was well-tolerated by all of the women studied.

Pycnogenol is readily available in most drug stores and a month's supply costs about $20. Is this a supplement you'd be willing to add to your regimen?


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  • Cynthia

    I have been using Pygnogenol since December 2012 and people are noticing a difference in my appearance smoother, radiant skin.

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  • anonymous

    I'm game... my boyfriend and I currently have an arsenal of supplements that are part of our daily routine including DMAE, Reservitral, Hyaluronic Acid, Biotin and Tonalin. Why not take a more natural approach when fighting off the signs of aging... especially if research has shown that it works.

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  • Dr. M

    I'm younger than the study's age group of participants but take 50 mgs of Pygnogenol daily. It helps with inflammation, hot flashes and now the evidence on improving your skin. They only side effect the researchers didn't mention is contipation. Be sure to drink plenty of water and include lots of fiber rich foods such as whole grains, beans and raw fruit while taking it.

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  • inthemood

    I'm just starting to take pycnogenol and I'm hopeful that I see improvement in my skin after 3 or 4 months. It's good to see the dosage recommended as sometimes I take supplements but am not always sure how much I should take to address certain issues. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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