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I was just wondering if anyone had any idea on supplementing with Co-Enzyme Q10 for

acne and if their is any benefit?

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I'm probably going to start a product with that in it, but there's a lot of other stuff, too, so I can't tell you if it's the coenzyme Q10 or not.


This is what the ingredient dictionary at cosmeticscop.com says about coenzyme Q10:

Also known as ubiquinone, it is a vitamin-like substance present in all human cells and responsible for cell protection and production of the body’s energy.

A handful of studies have shown that coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) may have an effect on skin and the appearance of wrinkles (Sources: Biofactors, November 2005, pages 179–185; and Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2006, pages 30–38). However, one study was performed in vitro and the other was not placebo-controlled, so there is no way to tell whether other formulations could net the same results.

There is also research showing that sun exposure depletes the presence of CoQ10 in the skin (Sources: Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 2005, volume 125, number 4, pages 12–13; and Journal of Dermatological Science, August 2001, Supplement, pages 1–4). This is not surprising because many of the skin’s components become diminished on exposure to the sun. The latest research suggests that topical application of CoQ10 has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. As such, it is one of many helpful antioxidants for skin, but it is not the only one or the “best” (Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2006, pages 30–38; and Biofactors, 2003, pages 289–297).

The anti-inflammatory effect may help with acne.

Edit: Oh, this is topical, not oral.

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