The Buzz On Bee Venom
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I’ve read a lot of articles recently about celebrities using bee venom creams to fight wrinkles without having to resort to surgery. Where does this ingredient come from, and does it work?
Bee venom (apitoxin) is produced in the abdomen of bees and it is a complex mixture of proteins. I have not seen any clinical data demonstrating [its] efficacy when used in topical formulations, [so] I will never prescribe or recommend [it] as I am very skeptical about ingredients with no efficacy data. This toxin does cause local inflammation, but there is not one clinical study confirming that bee venom is effective in erasing or reducing wrinkles.
Dr. Marko Lens is a consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon and an internationally renowned expert in the field of skin cancer and skin aging. A fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Dr. Lens works out of his own private practice in London, where his extensive research into the process of skin aging led him to create Zelens, a range of advanced cosmeceuticals that utilize potent plant-derived ingredients spiked with biotechnological actives.