What is Jasmonic Acid?

The “Signal” for Youth, or Just Another False Alarm?

Lancome recently unleashed a possible new superstar called jasmonic acid to the world of youth restoration with their new Visionnaire products.

The question that we need to answer, though, is this: Is it REALLY a superstar, or just another hoax to get you to shell out your cash?

We’re going to take a closer look at the science and by the end of this article, you’ll know how jasmonic acid works and if it’s worth your dime and time.

What’s It Do Naturally?

To begin, let’s figure out what exactly it is. Jasmonic acid is a plant hormone that’s biosynthesized (made) from the fatty acid lenolenic acid in response to stress caused by damage to the plant. In other words, when a plant’s damaged, it signals for the production of jasmonic acid. Upon production, it signals healing and defense mechanisms in the plant.

Jasmonic acid also plays a role in growth and development of the plant by signaling for such things as flower development, tendrilling, and seed development.

What It Supposedly Does For Skin

Supposedly, the jasmonic acid triggers “micro transformations” in your skin by signaling for the the repair of damaged tissue and the growth of new cells just like it does in plants. This, in theory, will make your skin look good as new. Does it work, though?

Here’s the clincher. This is a hormone natural to plants and, well, we aren’t plants. BUT we do share about 40% of the same type of genetics. We all have to heal and grow, and we’re similar in many of the ways that we do that.

Can It Work?

The problem is that jasmonic acid needs to penetrate the skin in order to do anything at all. Otherwise, it just sits on your face like the rest of the million-dollar products that you use and does nothing. It needs to be altered so that it can get through the layers of your skin so that it can go to work.

Lancome started monkeying around with it and began “folding” the molecular structure of the jasmonic acid so that it could penetrate your skin, and they claim that they did it. My only concern here is that in modifying the structure, did they also effect the function of the hormone? Unfortunately, there isn’t any science that speaks to this possibility one way or the other.

There is one thing that we’ve learned so far though. Products that simply contain raw jasmonic acid aren’t worth the money because it can’t penetrate your skin in its natural form. BUT does it work in its modified state?

There’s one independent study completed by Manchester University’s Department of Aesthetic Dermatology that gives some hope. The school didn’t stand to benefit one way or the other, yet they found that at least Visionnaire’s product did what it said it did. Yay!

Final Word

One study does not make me a solid believer, but it does make me pause and think about giving at least this one product a chance. Until other products offer a way for the jasmonic acid to penetrate the skin, I’ll probably steer clear.

What about a jasmonic acid supplement? Could it work from the inside better than from the outside? We’ll keep our eyes peeled and let you know as soon as we hear the whispers!

Click here to read our article about Lancome’s Visionnaire.

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