Research backs Bergstrom MSM ingredient for reducing skin ageing

Study authors have used a two-phase approach to show how Bergstrom’s methylsulfonylmethane ingredient reduced visible signs of skin ageing

Researchers studying the effects of nutritional supplements on skin health have further confirmation that OptiMSM reduces visible signs of skin ageing.

According to a recent study published in the February issue of the International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research, authors used a two-phase approach to show how OptiMSM reduced visible signs of skin ageing.

OptiMSM is Bergstrom Nutrition’s branded methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).

As a result of her findings, the study’s co-author, Neelam Muizzuddin, now believes that orally ingested supplements are novel forms of skincare.

“This research was fascinating to me because the bulk of my experience has been in topical skincare solutions,” said Muizzuddin. “Examining the ‘beauty-from-within’ approach has me believe it is an extraordinary way of improving beauty because it helps improve the whole body.”

During the second phase of the study, 63 participants ingested either 1 or 3 grams of MSM over 16 weeks. Results were judged using subject self-assessment of wrinkles and skin texture, expert clinical grading, and instrumental measurement and analysis.

The results indicated that oral ingestion of MSM reduces signs of ageing, like facial wrinkles and skin roughness, and also improves skin firmness, elasticity and hydration.

With both doses (1 or 3 grams) showing efficacy, researchers point towards MSM’s effectiveness even at a low dose of 1 gram per day.

"What surprised me about the results was how effective the product was in reducing wrinkles, which is the most visual ageing element of concern,” said Muizzuddin. “Even the visual pictures showed promising change. There was also some nice softening of the facial skin, but I think the reduction in wrinkles is the most important part of this study.”

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