Q10 Skin Benefits

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Coenzyme Q10 may have positive effects on the skin. (Image: Bronwyn8/iStock/Getty Images)

As skin matures, it may become thinner and begin to sag. Depending on how much time you've spent in the sun, varying degrees of wrinkles may form. Fortunately, a number of skin care products may reverse some of the signs of aging skin. Ubiquinone, also referred to as Coenzyme Q10, or simply Q10, is a nutrient that's produced naturally in the body. Ubiquinone has been used medicinally for congestive heart failure, type-2 diabetes and gum disease. Coenzyme Q10 helps manage energy production in cells and may have anti-aging effects on skin, notes the Mayo Clinic. Consult your doctor before taking this or any supplement.

Wrinkles

Coenzyme Q10 may help diminish fine wrinkles around the eyes, according to the Mayo Clinic. An animal study published in 2005 in the journal Biofactors found Q10 intake improves the epidermal (inner) layer of the skin, which may be a precursor to its anti-aging effects on in skin. The study, involving hairless mice, was led by Yutaka Ashida of Pharmaceutical Research Laboratories, Shiseido Research Center, Yokohama, Japan.

Rejuvenating Effects

As skin gets older, the fibers that keep skin firm, known as collagen and elastin, gradually deteriorate. A gradual decline in the natural production of Q10 that occurs with age may also weaken the effectiveness of these fibers. Coenzyme Q10 supplementation may reduce the breakdown of collagen.

Protective Effects

The antioxidant effects of Q10 may also protect the skin against both intrinsic and extrinsic aging, notes SkinTherapyLetter.com. Intrinsic aging is due to genetics, while extrinsic aging is largely the result of lifestyle choices such as smoking and environmental factors like sun exposure.

Photoaging

Applying Coenzyme Q10 prior to going out in the sun may protect your skin from sun damage. Unlike sunscreens, antioxidant ointments like Q10 build up in the skin and may be longer lasting, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center. A study published in 1999 in the journal Biofactors indicates that Q10 has the ability to prevent many of the detrimental effects of photoaging. Photoaging is the term used to describe skin damage caused by excessive sun exposure, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Signs of photoaging may include skin roughness, blotchiness and fine wrinkles. U. Hoppe of the Paul Gerson Unna Research Center (Beiersdorf AG) in Hamburg, Germany, headed up the study.

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