8 Reasons MSM is a Skincare Powerhouse: Aging, Acne, Healing & More
Applying a MSM cream will benefit your skin in almost every way. Here’s how you can use to get healthier, smoother, more beautiful skin.
When shopping for healthy skincare products, usually a good rule of thumb is to avoid ingredients you can’t pronounce. The nutrient we’re discussing today, however, may be the exception to that rule.
Let us introduce you to methylsulfonylmethane. While it’s quite the tongue twister, MSM is almost as necessary for the body as water and salt. Read on to see exactly how it’s used and why your skin will love it!
The abbreviation for methylsulfonylmethane, MSM is found in all living organisms and is formed organically of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and sulfur. In the human body, it acts as the “glue” that holds together our amino acid chains – aka the building blocks of all tissues.
Not only is it essential in the proper function of amino acids, it’s a necessary nutrient used throughout the entire body. In fact, when combined with water and salt, MSM forms up to 90% of the human body.
As widespread and beneficial as it is, it’s a water-soluble nutrient that needs plenty of vitamin C in order to be used most effectively.
Most MSM benefits stem from the chemical’s role in building nearly every cell in the body. However, it’s also famous for inhibiting the breakdown of collagen, making it a key player in anti-aging treatments.
Its high sulfur content, which represents a whopping 34% of its composition, reduces inflammation and detoxifies the body.
Not impressed yet? MSM also improves cell wall permeability, allowing vital nutrients to flow through to cells.
As for the fight against aging, MSM enhances antioxidant usage, helping to decrease free radicals and providing numerous other anti-aging benefits.
Due to the sulfur content in MSM and the chemical’s enhancement of antioxidants in the body, MSM has an impressive list of uses. When used topically, MSM has an almost miraculous effect on the skin.
Because of its positive association with collagen, it actually fights against wrinkles by decreasing the breakdown of collagen beneath the skin.
Thanks again to its sulfur content, it even improves hair and nail growth, fights against cracked or thinning nails and improves the overall health of cuticles.
Those dealing with chronic or acute acne may also find relief with a cream containing this powerful ingredient. To explain, MSM limits androgen hormones and helps the skin become more permeable. This means that the toxins leading to blackheads, whiteheads and cysts have a better chance of being released. On top of that, MSM can even help reduce acne scars by boosting collagen growth.
As great as these MSM benefits are, it does far more for the skin than simply smooth wrinkles and fight acne. It also soothes itching, hydrates dry skin, reduces scar tissue and improves wound healing from cuts and burns. Oh, and good news for rosacea sufferers – it also helps soothe and decrease redness in the skin.
When taken internally, MSM can even help in the following ways:
- Decreases pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis and tendinitis
- Decreases muscle cramps and post-exercise soreness
- Improves headaches
- Decreases PMS symptoms
- Treats osteoporosis
- Enhances energy
- Minimizes stomach aches and nausea
- Boosts concentration
- Improves nasal allergies
MSM is available in supplement form and can be found in many beauty creams as well as serums and oils designed specifically for hair and nails. The type you use should be carefully chosen based on brand, safety, dosage and intended purpose.
When taken in supplement form, MSM is quickly absorbed by the small intestine and utilized throughout the body. This is the best method for treating general body complaints. Oral forms include capsules and tablets as well as powders and flakes.
While some oral MSM makes it to the skin, hair and nails, it may not be enough to create noticeable changes in these areas. When addressing these specific zones, MSM should be applied directly to the desired area – ideally in the form of an MSM cream.
No matter which form you choose, be sure your product or supplement is made with high-quality MSM – preferably in pure, organic form. The safest option, organic MSM won’t contain other ingredients that could harm you.
Oral doses of MSM depend largely on the ailment that you’re treating and how your body responds to it. Always start with a low dose, such as 2 grams, before working up to higher doses. This, of course, is after you’ve consulted your physician.
Most people can safely take up to 6 grams of MSM per day without reaching toxic levels and can continue taking it for as long as necessary. Generally speaking, when MSM supplementation is stopped, the good results associated with it stop as well.
Fortunately for your skin, MSM can be applied as little or as much as you want – always with remarkable results. We us it as part of our 16-in-1 anti-itch cream and rosacea cream because it speeds healing and soothes irritated skin. It works amazingly well for rashes, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, and more.
While it may not be well-known to most people, MSM plays an essential role in the human body.
Since our very cells need MSM to function properly, it’s easy to see how supplementing with MSM or using an MSM cream can treat a variety of issues.
With so few risks and side effects associated with it, MSM is quickly becoming the go-to solution for everything from aches and pains to aging skin and scars.