Bitters for your skin

Bitters and their effect on the skin

The fact that bitters support digestion and can contribute to an improved sense of well-being has been well known in naturopathy for thousands of years. However, just a few years ago scientists were able to prove the effect of bitter substances on the skin. Especially for people with dry, sensitive skin prone to neurodermatitis or itching, this effect might be a new possibility for accompanying skin care.

Protect your skin and reinforce the skin barrier

Our skin does a great job every day: as the largest organ of our body, it protects us from external influences such as injuries or heat; it absorbs active substances and regulates our body temperature. But more and more people in Western industrialised countries notice that their skin is not strong enough to deal with everyday strain and stress. Even though the exact causes for these strains are unclear, environmental influences and excessive hygiene (such as long and hot showers) might be among the  reasons. (1)

You will understand why it’s very important to strengthen the natural protective barrier of the skin and maintain its health. Herbal ingredients play a special role in skin care and reinforce the weakened skin barrier. Bitters play a maj0r role in herbal skin care .

How do bitters affect our skin?

The human skin contains receptors for bitters and when a herbal bitter (such as amarogentin from the yellow gentian) touches your the skin, it can dock onto these receptors and ensure that calcium flows into the skin cells. This leads to the formation of protective proteins which are needed for building the skin barrier. Or to put it differently: bitter substances can strengthen our skin!

In addition, bitter substances stimulate the formation of lipids, which are also involved in building the skin barrier. Thanks to these two effects on protein and lipid formation, bitter substances are suitable for the care of dry or barrier-damaged skin. A research team at Freiburg University in Germany led by dermatologist Prof. Christoph Schempp and biologist Dr. Ute Wölfle were able to prove these amazing effects (2).

Bitters as basic care for neurodermatitis

Basic care with well tolerated creams and ointments are of critical importance for skin affected by neurodermatitis as these strengthen the skin barrier.

Patients with neurodermatitis can benefit from bitters such as amarogentin of the yellow gentian. It provides the skin with an extra protective layer and makes it difficult for alien substances to penetrate the skin and cause inflammation.  Adding bitters to your regular care for skin prone to outbreaks of neurodermatitis can improve this problem.

Reinforcing the skin barrier: natural cosmetics with bitters

After many years of research at Freiburg University Hospital, a team led by biologist and dermatology professor Christoph Schempp developed skin care products under the brand name VELAN, which use the discovery of the skin’s bitter substance receptors and the mechanism involved. The patented active principle of the University of Freiburg makes VELAN a real innovation, especially in the care of dry, sensitive and prone to neurodermatitis skin.

We at Laetitia also want to contribute to the natural strengthening of the skin barrier. As a company with over 25 years of experience in the world of bitter substances, we work closely with the manufacturer of VELAN. The result of our partnership is the natural cosmetic bitter cream “Quick Help”.

This NATRUE-certified and soothing skin cream contains bitter substances from the yellow gentian, which can revitalise the skin’s metabolism and strengthen the skin barrier. Thus, it is suitable for the accompanying care of itchy and dry skin as well as skin prone to neurodermatitis.

In addition, the anti-inflammatory effect of the cream has been proven in controlled studies, so it can be used for soothing care, for example in the case of mosquito bites.

Our goal: to help stressed skin and make it stronger!

(1) Deutsche Haut- und Allergiehilfe e.V.: Neurodermitis – Ursachen und Auslöser.

(2) Wölfle, Ute; Schempp, Christoph (2018): Bitterstoffe – von der traditionellen Verwendung bis zum Einsatz an der Haut. Zeitschrift für Phytotherapie 2018; 39(05): 210-215, DOI: 10.1055/a-0654-1711

(3) Jachens Lüder (2012): Dermatologie. Berlin: Salumed