November 8, 2014
Notes: Bamba, S
Drabo, M K
Guiguemde, T R
Rev Med Brux. 2013 Sep-Oct;34(5):392-6.
Author Address: Institut superieur des sciences de la sante (INSSA), Universite Polytechnique de Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. firstname.lastname@example.org
Reference Type: Journal Article
Record Number: 4237Author: Barbosa, N. S. and Kalaaji, A. N.
Title: CAM use in dermatology. Is there a potential role for honey, green tea, and vitamin C?
Journal: Complement Ther Clin Pract
Short Title: CAM use in dermatology. Is there a potential role for honey, green tea, and vitamin C?
Alternate Journal: Complementary therapies in clinical practice
ISSN: 1873-6947 (Electronic)
Accession Number: 24439638
Ascorbic Acid/*therapeutic use
Abstract: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a group of non-traditional medical practices that includes natural products, manipulations, and mind and body medicine. CAM use has grown and become popular among patients. In dermatology, honey, green tea, and vitamin C have been used as topical treatments for a variety of diseases. We performed a systematic review to explore the cutaneous effects of each of these three products. Honey’s unique antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties were shown to contribute to wound healing, especially in ulcers and burns. Green tea, among many health benefits, demonstrated protection from ultraviolet-induced events, such as photoimmunosuppression and skin cancer growth. Vitamin C, known for its antioxidant properties and key role in collagen production, has been shown to produce positive effects on skin hyperpigmentation and aging. Future large well-designed clinical trials are needed in order to further investigate the potential of these agents as dermatological therapies.