The Black Willow, the North American counterpart to the originally examined European White Willow, maintains the ability to function against the same, if not a wider variety of ailments. Due to its versatility, Salix nigra has become a prime candidate for cosmetic and personal care applications. Willow bark extract has solidified itself as one of the principal herbal remedies to treat pain and act as an anti-inflammatory analgesic agent. Within the Cosmetics Industry, willow bark extracts are employed as a natural source of salicylic acid. As reported at the Society of Investigative Dermatology, Willow Bark Extract provides the benefits of salicylic acid such as exfoliation, and anti-microbial action, without any of the typically associated irritation from the active alone.
Increases epidermal turnover... Read More
ACB Willow Bark Extract 20% provided better cellular renewal than the 1% Synthetic Salicylic Acid. ACB Willow Bark Extract 20% showed a 26% increase, while the synthetic showed a 22% increase. ABS Willow Bark Extract is an excellent substitute for salicylic acid in cosmetics.
Improves skin density... Read More
ACB Willow Bark Extract 20% improved skin density by 33.59%, after 24 hours and by 44.42% after 4 weeks when compared to the untreated control. When compared to the base cream ACB Willow Bark Extract 20% improved skin density by 36.72% after 24 hours and after 4 weeks ACB Willow Bark Extract 20% improved density by 32.41%.
Measures a material's potential to protect against oxidative stress or ROS... Read More
Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) is a measure of a materials potential to protect against oxidative stress or reactive oxygen species (ROS). ACB Willow Bark Extract 20% demonstrated significant antioxidant activity by reducing the presence of ROS compared with Trolox®, the vitamin E analog.
Measures reduction of inflammatory response... Read More
As expected, the changes in IL-6 production using ACB Willow Bark Extract 20% appears to be dose dependent. This decrease in IL-6 production indicates a reduced inflammatory environment.
Organism specific-cidal activity... Read More
The results of the antibacterial assay indicated significant activity against all of the gram-positive bacteria tested with minimum inhibitory concentrations ranging from 0.1 to 5.0 mg/ ml. Methanolic extracts exhibited higher fungal growth inhibition, whereas the water extracts showed the least inhibition.
Inhibitis NF-κB, a potent inflammatory cellular messanger... Read More
Significant inhibition of UVB induced NK-kb activation in keratinocytes was observed when treated with 1mμ of salicylic acid for 6 hours vs. 0mμ and exposed with 0 – 25mJ/ cm2 UVB.
Heat Shock Protein 70 provides critical protection from cellular stress... Read More
￼Salicylic acid was found to significantly increase the induction of HSP70 Protein in keratinocytes when treated with different doses of salicylic acid (0-100mg/ml) for 24 hours.
Reduces UVB induced damage as measured by TT-dimer formation... Read More
in-vivo studies conclude that salicylic acid significantly increases DNA repair (removal rate of DNA damage) when topically pretreated with 200 mg/ml of salicylic acid (in sterile H2O) for 6 hours and then UVB irradiated at 0, 100, and 150 mJ/cm2.
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