Kosmetische Medizin 2-2011: 70-73
ALL-ROUNDER MICROALGAE – NEW DATA SUGGEST A WIDE RANGE OF APPLICATIONS IN ACTIVE COSMETICS
KEY WORDS: Arthrospira, medical foot and nail care, microalgae, skinicer®, spirulina
Arthrospira (also known as Spirulina) are microalgae belonging to the genus of cyanobacteria. Spirulina algae contain bioactive compounds which are effective against fungal, bacterial and viral infections. Some of these compounds also have a regenerative effect by stimulating cell proliferation and accelerate wound healing. Especially the microalgae Arthrospira maxima and Arthrospira platensis have been studied intensively. This paper will therefore mainly focus on experimental data generated with substances of these species. Due to the combination of regenerative, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, positive effects of cosmetics containing bioactive ingredients of arthrospira microalgae are expected. Recently, Ocean Pharma company has launched such a formulation under the label skinicer® which is now available for special use in cosmetic institues. A series of case studies already shows very promising clinical results in acne and other skin conditions and a more standardized collection of cases throughout Germany is currently under way. The broad antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties suggest a strong potential of similar cosmetic products also in the area of medical foot and nail care. Infact, excellent results have been obtained in the supportive care of wartsensitive skin extending to often challenging cases such as children and patients with diabetes.
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