A review of the use of beeswax in skincare.
BACKGROUND: Beeswax is a naturally occurring product secreted from worker bees that has varied uses in modern day. In skincare, its function ranges from its role as an occlusive, helping to create a semi-occlusive skin barrier that minimizes transepidermal water loss; as a humectant, locking in hydration; and an emollient to soften and soothe the skin. As a natural substance, its use has been shown to help alleviate symptoms associated with common cutaneous conditions like dermatitis, psoriasis, and overgrowth of normal skin flora.
AIMS: In this narrative review, we aim to describe current uses of beeswax in skincare that has been published in the literature.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: A review of beeswax related publications was performed by searching the PubMed database studies.
RESULTS: A total of five clinical studies were included with three studies on animals and two studies in humans.
DISCUSSION: Several studies show the benefits of topical beeswax in supporting the skin barrier.
CONCLUSION: Beeswax can be a low-cost, natural ingredient for use in products. Further studies with topical beeswax are warranted.
Published In/Presented At
Nong, Y., Maloh, J., Natarelli, N., Gunt, H. B., Tristani, E., & Sivamani, R. K. (2023). A review of the use of beeswax in skincare. Journal of cosmetic dermatology, 10.1111/jocd.15718. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocd.15718
Medical Education | Medicine and Health Sciences
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