Author I. Montaño, C. Pickel, F. Wandrey
Journal Edition sofw journal 5-2020

Abstract

An oily scalp is caused by over-reactive sebaceous glands on the scalp. The oil or sebum attracts dirt more easily, produces even dandruff, and makes the hair stick together. To reduce the sebum and enhance the barrier efficacy on oily scalp, Mibelle Biochemistry has developed an active ingredient based on the Chinese medicinal herb Astragalus membranaceus. AstraForce is a liposomal preparation of Astragalus membranaceus root extract.
This plant is one of the most important Chinese medicinal herbs and its roots have been used for more than 2500 years in Chinese medicine to strengthen qi, the body’s life force. This liposomal form facilitates the penetration of actives into the sebaceous duct allowing the active components to target the sebaceous gland more straightforwardly. The sebum-reducing effect of AstraForce has been proven on volunteers having oily scalp and hair while maintaining the barrier effectiveness. In vitro the active ingredient has reduced the activity of enzymes involved in sebum lipid metabolism. AstraForce thereby has a positive effect on scalp purification and hydration as well as reducing sebum production in the context of oily hair.

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