CAM use in dermatology. Is there a potential role for honey, green tea, and vitamin C?

Naiara S. Barbosa, Amer N. Kalaaji

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-15
Number of pages5
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2014

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Tea
Complementary Therapies
Dermatology
Ascorbic Acid
Dermatologic Agents
Mind-Body Therapies
Antioxidants
Skin Aging
Hyperpigmentation
Skin Neoplasms
Insurance Benefits
Biological Products
Burns
Wound Healing
Ulcer
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
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Keywords

  • CAM
  • Green tea
  • Honey
  • Skin
  • Vitamin C

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  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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CAM use in dermatology. Is there a potential role for honey, green tea, and vitamin C? / Barbosa, Naiara S.; Kalaaji, Amer N.

In: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Vol. 20, No. 1, 02.2014, p. 11-15.

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