Policosanol and Aloe Moisturizer May Control Skin Oil


Sabinsa shares promising new study results on an oil-control moisturizer containing Policosanol, aloe, and niacinamide.

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Sabinsa’s (East Windsor, NJ) Policosanol, a patented ingredient derived from plant waxes, now has new research supporting its oil-reducing potential in topical skincare products. A new study, published in the European Journal of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, found that an oil-control moisturizer containing Policosanol, Aloe vera extract, and niaciniamide as its active ingredients reduced the skin shine and improved skin softness, smoothness, and moisturizing effect in subjects who used the cream for two weeks.

For the phase-3 clinical trial, researchers studied 17 healthy male and female participants aged 18–50 who were asked to apply the oil-control moisturizer on their face, including cheeks, forehead, and nose, in a circular motion once a day for a period of two weeks. At baseline, day 7, and day 14, subjects were asked to fill out the Oily Skin Self-Assessment Scale (OSSAS) and the Oil Skin Impact Scale Survey (OSIS). At the same sessions, researchers evaluated the cosmetic appearance of facial skin and the number of oil pads required for participants to wipe out skin oiliness.

At the end of the study period, compared to baseline, there was a significant reduction in every efficacy point as measured by the number of oil pads used. Based on the survey results, researchers found that the cream also showed beneficial effects in the form of reducing skin shine, improving skin softness, improving skin smoothness, and improving skin moisturizing effect. They concluded that the moisturizer use resulted in “significant control in the oiliness of skin.”

What’s more, Sabinsa notes, none of the subjects complained of dryness or irritation of the skin during the study period-a common side effect of many oil-control skin care products.

“This study establishes the use of our patented Policosanol ingredient and gives formulators a way forward for an effective natural solution when it comes to sebum control, anti-acne, and oil control formulations,” said Shaheen Majeed, marketing director for Sabinsa.


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Michael Crane
Associate Editor
Nutritional Outlook Magazine


Majeed S et al., “An open label clinical study to evaluate the dermal safety and post-application effect of an oil control moisturizer,” European Journal of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, vol. 3, no. 10 (2016): 462–466

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