Journal Edition sofw journal 3-2024


While the ubiquitous beauty filter trend on social media has led individuals to seek digital enhancements for flawless skin, it is important to acknowledge the reality of blemish-prone and oily skin conditions. The article explores a novel skincare ingredient obtained from Epilobium angustifolium, commonly known as fireweed, as a solution to these skin concerns. 

The study focuses on improving blemishes by regulating sebum production, addressing bacterial virulence, and reducing squalene oxidation. An innovative ex vivo model was developed to assess the effects of the new ingredient on sebum lipids produced in the sebaceous gland. The results showed a significant reduction in lipid content following treatment with the new ingredient. The herbal active ingredient was also found to significantly reduce the lipase activity of bacteria, thereby reducing their virulence, and to contribute to sebum quality by reducing squalene oxidation. An in vivo study on women with oily skin demonstrated a significant improvement in skin shininess. The results of the study demonstrate that Epilobium angustifolium extract may provide an effective solution to blemish-prone and oily skin, meeting the needs of consumers seeking authentic beauty through healthier and more radiant skin.

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