Antioxidants Used in Skin Care Formulations

I. Bogdan Allemann, MD; L. Baumann, MD


Skin Therapy Letter. 2008;13(7):5-8. 

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CoffeeBerry® (VDF FutureCeuticals) is the proprietary name for an antioxidant extracted from the fruit of the coffee plant Coffea arabica. It has been shown to be a stronger antioxidant than green tea, pomegranate extract, vitamins C and E.41 It contains polyphenols, which are well known for their antioxidant properties.42 In 2007, a product containing CoffeeBerry® polyphenols 1% (Revaléskin™, Stiefel Laboratories) was launched. The company claims that its use over a 6-week period can result in significant improvement of hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, and overall appearance. Furthermore, there have been no reports of irritation by patients with sensitive skin. However, further prospective, randomized and controlled human studies assessing the antioxidant effects of topical preparations containing CoffeeBerry® extract are needed.


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