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Can frankincense oil increase skin elasticity?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:43 pm    Post subject: Can frankincense oil increase skin elasticity? Reply with quote

Boswellia serrata is also known as frankincense. And with all the great skincare reviews "frankincense oil" gets on iherb and amazon, it's surprising it hasn't been mentioned on this site more often.

Here's a study I found through examine, indicating that topical application of boswellic acids, obtained from the resin of the boswellia serrata tree, might increase skin elasticity.

I'm wondering if simply applying frankincense oil to the skin might have the same effect; rather than make your own boswellic acid cream.

Also, there are two types of frankincense oil: oil derived from the resin of the tree, and oil derived from the leaves of the tree. Some people say that the oil derived from the resin is better that the oil derived from the leaves; maybe because it's higher in boswellic acids?

I don't know, because I haven't looked into it yet.

Planta Med. 2010 Apr;76(6):555-60. doi: 10.1055/s-0029-1240581. Epub 2009 Nov 16.

Effects of topical boswellic acid on photo and age-damaged skin: clinical, biophysical, and echographic evaluations in a double-blind, randomized, split-face study.

Pedretti A1, Capezzera R, Zane C, Facchinetti E, Calzavara-Pinton P.

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Boswellic acids (BAs) are pentacyclic triterpenes with strong anti-inflammatory activity; their most important source is the extract of the gum resin of Boswellia serrata, a tropical tree that grows in India and Africa. In the present randomized, double-blind, split-face, comparative study we have assessed efficacy, tolerability, and safety of a base cream containing 0.5 % BAs as compared to the same cream without these active ingredients in the treatment of clinical manifestations of photoaging of facial skin. Fifteen female volunteers were enrolled; they applied creams once daily for 30 days. At baseline, at the end of the treatment, and after a 2-month follow-up, clinical findings were assessed according to the Dover classification scale for photoaging and by biophysical and ecographic measurements. We registered a significant improvement of tactile roughness and fine lines in the half side of the face treated with BAs; noninvasive instrumental diagnostic investigations showed an improvement of elasticity, a decrease of sebum excretion, and a change of echographic parameters suggesting a reshaping of dermal tissue. The treatment was always well tolerated without adverse effects. The present findings seem to indicate that the topical application of BAs may represent a suitable treatment option for selected features of skin photoaging.

Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart.New York.

PMID: 19918712 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting. Boswellic acid is a known anti-inflammatory, but unfortunately, there seems to be only one small study related to potential skin benefits. Hopefully, more studies are in the works.
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