gamma linolenic acid (GLA)

Cell-Communicating Ingredients , Antioxidants , Emollients
Fatty acid used in cosmetics as an emollient, antioxidant, and cell regulator. GLA is considered to promote healthy skin growth and is an anti-inflammatory agent. GLA is found in black currant oil or seeds, evening primrose oil, and borage oil (Source: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, March 17, 1998, pages 414–420). However, there is no research showing GLA to be effective in the treatment of wrinkles (Sources: British Journal of Dermatology, April 1999, pages 685–688; and Dermatology, 2000, volume 201, number 3, pages 191–195). When taken orally, GLA has been shown to have some anticancer properties, but there is no research showing that that effect translates to skin. See fatty acid

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