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Condition - MSM soothes rosacea redness

By Holly Taylor BSc (Hons) DipCNM MBANT

Rosacea is a common, yet poorly understood, chronic skin condition that mainly affects the face. Symptoms begin with episodes of facial flushing. People with rosacea may experience spots and persistent redness of their skin. Small blood vessels in the skin can become visible and, in the most severe cases, the skin can thicken and enlarge, usually on and around the nose. Although there is no simple cure, work by a group of Italian researchers suggests that an MSM-based skin cream may be a useful aid to managing the condition.

Forty-six patients affected by rosacea were enrolled in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. The participants were treated for one month with an MSM-based skin cream and results were measured by carrying out clinical and instrumental evaluations. These were performed at the start of the trial, after 10 and 20 days of treatment and at the end of the study. Itching, stinging, redness, and pimples were investigated clinically and skin hydration and redness were measured using special scientific equipment.

The results indicated a significant improvement in many of the clinical and instrumental parameters investigated. In particular, improvement in skin redness, papules, itching, hydration and skin colour occurred. The researchers think the positive effects stem from the ability of the skin cream to reduce levels of chemicals in the skin that cause flushing and inflammation.  

Article References

E Berardesca. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 2008, 7(1): 8–14.

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