Study Finds Almonds May Reduce Severity and Depth of Wrinkles
The Fitzpatrick Skin Type is a skin classification system used to measure the amount of pigment in the skin and tolerance to sun. Types I and II are skin that is very pale and always burns in the sun. A recent study has found that almond consumption may help reduce wrinkles in postmenopausal women with Fitzpatrick skin types I and II.
Twenty-eight healthy, postmenopausal women with Fitzpatrick skin type I or II participated in the study. Half the participants consumed 20% of their daily calories (approximately 2 ounces) in the form of almonds for 16 weeks. The other half consumed 2 ounces of a nut-free snack daily.
Facial wrinkles were evaluated for depth and severity at baseline, week 4, week 8, week 12, and week 16 using high-resolution facial imaging and 3-D facial modeling. Transepidermal water loss and sebum production were measured at baseline, week 8, and week 16.
At the end of the study, participants in the almond group had a 10% decrease in wrinkle width and a 9% decrease in wrinkle severity compared to the control group. No differences were seen in transepidermal water loss or sebum production.
The study was conducted by researchers from the University of California, Davis. It was published on October 1, 2019 in the journal Phytotherapy Research.