Rose Hip Oil and Wound Healing

By: Danna Finnerand

In December 1988 two doctors published their findings in a document titled Contributions to Identification and Application of Active Components Contained in Rosa Aff. Rubiginosa. The authors were Dr Bertha Pareja, Principal Professor, Faculty of Pharmacology and Biochemistry, University of San Marcos, Lima, Peru and Dr Horst KehI, from the School of Pharmacology of the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Dr KehI took part in the effort in his quality of Visiting Professor at the San Marcos University.
The beneficial effect of Rose Hip Oil in aiding to rejuvenate damaged skin tissues was originally attributed to its elevated content of unsaturated essential fatty acids, namely oleic (15-20%), linoleic (44-50%) and linolenic (30-35%). They are called "essential" because our body is not able to synthesize them.
Although these acids are important to keep a healthy skin (when taken internally), for they are components of the cell's membrane and promoters of prostaglandine/leucotriens (their action is hormone-like), providing tissue-regenerating and rejuvenating effects, their presence did not produce enough scientific evidence to justify the abilities of "Rosa Mosqueta" in minimizing surgical and accidental dermal scars or to erase certain hyperpigmented spots and reduce wrinkles.
Dr. Berta Pareja and Dr. Horst Kehl, successfully identified the participation of Trans-Retinoic acid as the ingredient responsible for the extraordinary pharmacological abilities of Rose Hip Oil. Trans-Retinoic acid is a derivative of Retinol (Vitamin A) and is marked as Tretinoin.
The therapeutic effects of the topical use of Tretinoin, in the treatment of several dermatology ailments, have been well-studied and recognized for almost 30 years. The most important results have been reached in the treatment of photo-aged skin - skin injured by excessive exposure to sunlight. Tretinoin can yield quick and beneficial changes in the skin, but because it is a highly strong element, it must be applied under medical surveillance.
Rose Hip Oil yields the benefits of Tretinoin, but with no secondary consequences, because the Trans-Retinoic Acid contained in it is in a biological state as part of a complex system of unsaturated fatty acids. Therefore, its effect is controlled and slowly released by nature, avoiding the risk of overdoses.
The discoveries of Dr. Pareja and Dr. Kehl have aided to legitimatize Rose Hip Oil in the market, boosting the promotion of this great product.
Scars are a perpetual visible reminder of an important event in a individual's life and can be a memento of an unhappy or bad experience. Though there are many different methods to lessen the visibility of scar tissues, including cosmetic surgery, pressure garments the use of locally injected steroids and silicone gel sheets, Rose Hip Oil gives a simple, inexpensive, non-invasive alternative for highly minimizing disfiguring scars.
Scars become lighter and less evident with regular daily use; scars, pits and blemishes (even such acne scars). The area of scar treatment is one where Rose Hip Oil has yielded tremendous success.

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