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Methylsulfonylmethane May Help Improve Facial Skin Appearance

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a sulfur-containing compound found naturally in plants, animals, and humans. A recent study has found that MSM may help improve signs of facial skin aging such as wrinkles and skin roughness.

The study had two parts. Twenty women participated in the first part of the study. They took 3 g per day of MSM or a placebo for 16 weeks. Wrinkles, crows feet, skin texture, and skin roughness were graded at baseline, week 8, and week 16. Participants also assessed the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles.

Participants in the MSM group saw a significant reduction in facial lines and wrinkles, and a steady and significant reduction in skin roughness, compared to the placebo group. Participants in the MSM group also assessed that they saw significant improvements in facial lines and wrinkles, compared to a slight change by participants in the placebo group.

Sixty-three women participated in the second part of the study. Half of them took 1 g of MSM three times daily for 16 weeks. The other half took 1 g of MSM once daily for 16 weeks. Measurements of facial lines, crows feet, wrinkles, skin texture, skin roughness, skin elasticity, skin firmness, and skin moisturization were taken at baseline, week 8, and week 16. Participants also performed self assessments of all measurements.

Participants in both groups saw significant improvements in in the severity of facial wrinkles, as well as improvements in skin texture, firmness, elasticity, and moisturization. The higher dose group saw more improvements in facial wrinkles than the lower dose group. Both groups saw equal improvements in skin texture, firmness, elasticity, and moisturization.

The study was conducted by researchers from Bergstrom Nutrition. It was published online ahead of print on February 21, 2020 in the International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research.

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