Published on Jan 11, 2020

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Hippophae is the genus of sea buckthorns, deciduous shrubs in the family Elaeagnaceae. The name sea buckthorn may be hyphenated to avoid confusion with the unrelated true buckthorns. It is also referred to as sandthorn, sallowthorn, or seaberry.

Millions of people can’t get enough of this super berry, which researchers have found can treat everything from liver problems to high cholesterol. But, for millions of Americans, it’s sea buckthorn’s ability to heal and nourish skin that’s currently driving its popularity.

Persistent skin conditions are notoriously difficult to treat. Millions of dollars are spent each year on finding long-lasting, effective treatments for acne, which the American Dermatology Association estimates affects 40 to 50 million people in the country.


Rosacea, characterized by redness or flushing along the forehead, nose and chin, enlargement of blood vessels, inflammation and red bumps is often mistaken for acne. It affects about 14 million Americans and is also very difficult to treat. Currently there is no cure for rosacea, and the only “cure” for acne is isotretinoin, a drug with very serious side effects.

Research on sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) is giving more acne and rosacea sufferers hope. It’s an orange berry that grows mostly in cold climates and has an impressive nutrient content and combination. Sea buckthorn (SBT) is a rich source of essential fatty acids, vitamins A, E, flavonoids, phytosterols, iron and potassium.

SBT has about 16 times as much vitamin C as a kiwi. Its oil is already used extensively – either alone or in combination with other ingredients – in topical treatments for burns, infections, scalds, and ulcerations. It’s also a common ingredient in sun block.

With all these benefits to skin, it was only a matter of time before SBT was investigated as a treatment for persistent skin conditions such as acne and rosacea. Chinese researchers have studied the role a parasite called human demodex folliculorum mite, or the demodicid, plays in these skin conditions. This mite lives in pores and hair follicles usually on the cheek, chin, forehead, and nose, as well as in the roots of your eyelashes.

People who have oily skin or who use heavy cosmetics are usually the biggest victims of heavy infestation from these tiny mites. And where they accumulate, inflammation and infection usually follow. Although they don’t cause acne and rosacea, they do play a role in their development.

A line of products created to fight these pesky mites contains SBT oil. With its powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-infection properties, sea buckthorn can kill the parasites when applied to the skin. But there’s more.

In a study published in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, a group of Indian researchers found that sea buckthorn can promote wound healing. Acne and rosacea create small wounds on the surface of skin, so this super fruit’s ability to speed wound healing is a definite asset in treating these conditions. In another study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, Finnish researchers found that sea buckthorn oil improved atopic dermatitis symptoms and fats found naturally in skin. Inflammation plays a significant role in eczema, acne and rosacea and sea buckthorn is a powerful anti-inflammatory.

Also, sea buckthorn’s wealth of phytosterols, antioxidants and essential fatty acids – especially palmitoleic acid which is a naturally occurring component of skin – enhances its ability to restore and maintain healthy skin. It promotes blood circulation and increases tissue regeneration, all of which benefit conditions such as acne and rosacea.

Further reading about how Sea Buckthorn can be used as a treatment for Acne and Rosacea

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