Tomato pigment, also known as lycopene, is a natural pigment found in tomatoes that has potential benefits for the skin when applied topically.
Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that can help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals and UV rays, which can lead to premature aging and dark spots. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce redness, puffiness, and inflammation.
Lycopene has been found to be effective in reducing the appearance of sun-induced erythema (skin redness) and photoaging, as well as improve the overall appearance of the skin, including reducing the appearance of wrinkles and age spots.
Tomato pigment can be found in various skincare products such as serums, lotions, creams, and sunscreens. It can also be found in supplements which can be taken orally as well.
It is worth noting that the effectiveness of tomato pigment for the skin can vary depending on the quality and concentration of the lycopene used in the product. It's always good to do a patch test before using any new product, especially if you have sensitive skin. Also, using it together with other antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E and other natural ingredients can enhance its efficacy.
One study published in the Journal of Dermatology found that topical application of lycopene significantly reduced UV-induced erythema (skin redness) in human subjects.
Another study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology found that oral consumption of tomato juice containing lycopene improved the overall appearance of the skin, including reducing the appearance of wrinkles and age spots.
A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that topical application of a tomato-based gel containing lycopene improved the appearance of photoaged skin, including reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, evening out skin tone, and improving skin elasticity.
A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that oral supplementation of lycopene reduced the severity of sunburn in human subjects.
In addition to these studies, several in-vitro studies have been conducted to investigate the antioxidant properties of lycopene, which has shown to have promising results. However, more clinical trials are needed to confirm its efficacy and safety.
It is worth noting that the studies were conducted with specific lycopene formulations, and the results may not be the same when using other lycopene products or formulations. Also, it's important to keep in mind that the effects of lycopene on the skin may vary depending on the concentration of the extract used in the product. It is advisable to consult a skincare professional or a dermatologist before using lycopene or any other supplement or skincare product.