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New active ingredient boosts African skin

A placebo-controlled study has confirmed the efficacy of Bix’Activ® on oily African skin.

This active ingredient, formulated by the German chemical company BASF, is 100% natural and based on seeds from the Bixa Orellana plant.

A BASF statement reads: “While 35% of people worldwide grapple with oily skin, the topical solutions available are often not suitable for the African skin type. This skin type not only tends to produce more sebum, it also has a different composition of sebum and skin lipids, and shininess can be more pronounced. Therefore, personal care products need to be customised to its unique requirements. A clinical study in Mauritius has confirmed that BASF’s Bix’Activ® is especially effective on oily African skin.

“In an in-vivo study in 2018, Bix’Activ proved to decrease sebaceous gland activity, pore size and skin imperfection in an Asian population. A new placebo-controlled clinical study has now confirmed the efficacy of Bix’Activ for the unique characteristics of the African skin type, too. The study showed a decrease in sebum excretion to the skin surface by 44% and an 11% reduction in shininess compared to the first day of the study (D0). Furthermore, in a self-assessment, a significant majority of volunteers reported an improvement in their skin’s appearance. For instance, 93% perceived their skin to be less oily, while 90% felt their skin looked healthier.”

According to BASF, Bixa Orellana seed extract targets the root causes of oily skin. Says the BASF statement: “An extract of Bixa Orellana seeds, Bix’Activ addresses the dermatological roots of the oily skin condition by restricting overproduction of lipids in sebaceous glands. The active ingredient conforms to the COSMOS standard for natural and organic cosmetics and is suitable for use in NATRUE-certified formulations.

“Developing customised personal care products for African skin is part of BASF’s overall strategy to develop consumer-oriented solutions for the sub-Saharan African beauty market.”

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