The Buzz About Bee Venom: A New Anti-Aging Solution?
Common sense says that if a substance creates painful red welts when injected into the skin, it might not be so great for the skin’s surface either; but according to some cosmetic skincare companies, bee venom is very much an exception. For the last few years a bee venom craze has gripped the anti-aging market, yielding products like skin creams, lip-volumizers, and face masks which promise smoothed and lifted skin through topical venom treatment alone. Happy converts to bee venom therapies include celebrities such as Kate Middleton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, and Michelle Pfeiffer, leading some to believe bee venom may be the next Botox. However, some dermatologists are skeptical of the venom’s effect on skin and warn consumers of potential allergy dangers associated with its long-term use.
Bee venom treatments or “apitherapy” have been used for hundreds of years to treat ailments like arthritis, back pain, and rheumatism, but only recently has it been adopted for aesthetic skin therapy. The theory behind bee venom’s skin boosting effects has to do with the presence of a compound called “melittin” within it. Melittin is an anaphylactic responsible for lingering pain of bee stings, yet it also contains anti-inflammatory properties which are stronger than hydrocortisone. When applied to the epidermis it begins to break down skin cell membranes, making the body think it is under attack, thus increasing circulation and causing skin-tightening collagen proteins to spring into action. During this process facial muscles temporarily relax, supposedly giving treatments a wrinkle-relieving effect.
Most people only notice a slight tingle when bee venom products are applied to the face; the real sting is the treatment's price. Bee venom is harvested by inserting a special electrified pane of glass into hives. When bees bump into it, the surface delivers shock which prompts them to sting. Over time the venom squirts accumulate on the glass and apiary workers are able to collect the dried venom using a razor. While the method is effective, it yields a small amount of venom. A single gram of the poison takes an estimated 100,000 stings and costs over $300, nearly six times the current rate for gold. Bee venom facials at certified spas can run around $250 per treatment while a 50 ml bottle of face mask cream containing 1% venom is competitively priced at $90.
At such a premium bee venom skin treatments are bound to be backed by solid scientific evidence, right? Not quite. "I couldn't find any legitimate scientific studies of the benefit of bee venom either topical or injected," David Leffell, a professor of Dermatology and Surgery at Yale School of Medicine, told The Wall Street Journal in a recent interview about the therapy. Another dermatologist, Jeannette Graf from Great Neck, New York, found a similar lack studies on bee venom treatments. “Everybody wants to be the next Botox,” Dr. Graf told Allure, “but there haven’t been enough clinical trials to judge the effect of the venom.”
While a lack of testing doesn’t necessarily say anything about bee venom’s validity as a treatment, there are definite risks associated with its use. The substance is often used for more damaging medical applications, such as killing malignant cancer cells, and many dermatologists believe patients risk damaging essential skin cell membranes if they use venom products too often. Also, it’s a good idea to get a bee allergy test before sinking money into a spa facial or expensive cream, because around 1-in-50 Americans are allergic to bee venom. Allergies can also build up from consistent exposure over time, meaning topical treatments may cause you to develop dangerous bee sting reactions if you pursue them long enough.
Much of the ambiguity around the potential benefits and dangers of bee venom will be clarified in future studies. Until then consider skin products with bee-created substances such as honey and royal jelly, which both have definitive evidence of effective moisturizing and anti-inflammatory skin effects.
Are you interested in talking to a skin expert about bee venom products or pursuing other proven skin treatments? Contact us today, and our helpful Healthy Skin Portal representatives will schedule you a FREE consultation at a skincare clinic near you!
American Laser Centers Gift Cards from HSP
Anal Bleaching: Strange But True Trend
Best Face Forward?: The Side Effects of Daily Makeup Use
The Bronze and the Pale: Why Some Skin Doesn't Tan
The Buzz About Bee Venom: A New Anti-Aging Solution?
Can Beards Protect the Face from Sun Damage?
Can Drinking Coffee Affect Your Skin Health?
Can Sleeping in Makeup Damage Skin?
Carboxytherapy Skin Treatments
Causes of Psoriasis
Chicago Bans Minors from Tanning Booths
Chocolate Facials Show Sweets Can Be Good For Skin
Custom Skin Care Based On Your DNA?
Differences Between Men's Skin and Women's Skin
Fighting The Wicked Winter Itch
5 Common Household Products that Can Harm Your Skin
8 Hangover Skin Recovery Tips
5 Skin-Boosting Uses for Pumpkin
5 Tips for Wintertime Sun Protection
5 Unconventional Tips to Help Psoriasis
The 411 on 3-1-1: Cosmetic Tips for the Air Traveler
Growing Long and Healthy Nails
How Vitamin D Effects Skin Pigmentation
Made Up: The Truth About Make-Up Products & Marketing Buzz Words
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month
Morgan Spurlock’s 'Mansome' Explores the World of Male Grooming
The Myth of Base Tanning
Natural Skincare & Makeup
New Studies Show Caffeine Lowers Skin Cancer Risk
New Sunscreen Regulations Introduced by FDA
November = National Healthy Skin Month
The Oil Cleansing Method: A Skincare Trend Examined
Permanent Makeup: Benefits and Options
pH Balance: Understanding the Science of Your Skin
Planning a Tanning Schedule: Safety, Time Management, & Great Results
Popular Poplars: New Anti-Aging Secret Found in Tree's Extract
Predicting the Big Cosmetic Trends of 2012
Preventing and Treating Razor Burn
Proper Care for Fair Skin
Psoriasis Treatment Solutions
Revisionist Skin: Celebrity Tattoo Removal on the Rise
Rosacea Awareness: Causes and Treatments
Scientists Identify Skin Development Gene
Side Effects of Spray Tanning
Six of the World's Strangest Skin Disorders
Skin Bleaching Treatments
Skin Rejuvenation for Ex-Smokers
‘Space Juice’ AS10 May Prevent Wrinkles, Sunspots in Terrestrial Users
'Tanorexia': The Dark Truth About Tanning Addiction
10 Things to Know Before Your First Spray Tan
Top 5 Alternatives to Tanning Beds
Top 5 Tanning Myths
Top 5 Types of Back Scrubbers: Reaching for the Best
Top 6 Hottest Makeup Tips for Summer 2012
Top 10 Cosmetic Publications
Top 10 Foods for Healthy Skin
Top 10 Skin Care Myths, Re-Examined
UVA vs UVB: Types of Sun Rays and Their Effects
Vitamin C Skin Care Benefits
What Causes Wrinkles?
What Is Aloe Vera?
Winter Skin Care Tips
YouTube's Top 5 Makeup Bloggers
How To Prevent Moles on Your Face and Body
5 Amazing Organic Skincare Products
Black Diamond Beauty: A New Skin Care Craze
Face Wash or Motor Oil? Harmful Chemicals in Skin Care Products Protested on World Environment Day
Tom Ford Announces New Men’s Skin Care Line
Research Proves that Daily Sunscreen Use Slows Skin Aging by 24%
Treat Your Face With A Snail's Pace: Introducing the Snail Facial
Could Plant Extract Pills Help Prevent Skin Cancer?
Does Poor Sleep Quality Cause Skin Aging?
Eight Simple Home Remedies for Acne
In Good Hands: Maintaining Healthy Hand-Washing Habits at Work
Australian Commission Reconsiders Ex-Sailor's Request for Reconstructive Scar Removal Surgery
Fragrance-Crazy Sisters Dish on Different Skin-Care Routines
Seven Solutions for Skin Pigmentation Problems
Researchers Developing Nanotechnology Skincare Treatment
Middle Aged Skincare: How to Maintain Radiance in Your 40s & 50s
Target Takes Over Beauty and Skin-care Firm 'DermStore Beauty Group'
Product Thieves: Men Costing Their Women Hundreds of Dollars a Year
No Link between Vein Blockages and Multiple Sclerosis, Study Suggests
Five Fruits to Keep Your Skin Fresh and Youthful
Microalgae Repairing Oil Provides Advanced Anti-aging Skin Care
Dermatological Experts offer Advice on Baby Eczema
DermaMed Solutions Launches Healthy Skin Challenge
Five Hidden Toxins in Skin Care Products
Former Engineer Creates Natural Skin Care Line
Healthy Eating for Natural Beauty
Skin Care: When to Save and When to Splurge
Eight Foods that are Ruining Your Skin
Skin Care Line Paired with Tea
Ten Fall Foods for Radiant Skin
Skin of Psoriasis Patients Protects Itself from Viral Infections
Experts Warn to Exercise Caution with Popular Skin Rash Apps
Vegan Skin Care Line Offers Natural Beauty Solutions for Women
Swap Summer Skin Care for a Healthy Fall Routine
Researchers Hail Breakthrough Melanoma Treatment
Mohs Surgery a New Skin Cancer Treatment Option
Pumpkins for Healthy Skin?
Coroner Condemns Doctor for Neglecting Patient Who Died of DVT
Swap Summer Skin Care for a Healthy Fall Routine
Skin's Circadian Rhythm Protects Against UV Damage
Laser Imaging Device Allows Doctors to Perform No-Cut Biopsies
Plastic Surgeon Gerald Imber Reveals Anti-aging Secrets
New Scleroderma Model Spurs Drug Development
Edmonds Healthy Beauty and Skin Care Offers Advice on Beauty by the Decade
Liz Earle Expands In the United States
Klarif, INC. Prepares for Stock Market Listing
Results Show Skin Drug Can Help Treat Type 1 Diabetes
Look Younger by Christmas
Claire Vero offers her Beauty Secrets
Dr. Lancer Offers Skin Care Tips for Everyone
Could Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Pose Ultraviolet Risks to Skin?
Experts Spill the Scoop on Skin Care
Five Skincare Tips to Escape the Winter Blues
Clinique’s Superdefense Moisturizer Gives Skin a Healthy Start
How to Exfoliate Winter Skin
Ioma Brings High-Tech Approach to High-End Skin Care
Kiehl’s Skincare Initiative Brings Faces to Light
Fight Dry Winter Skin with Yoga
Top Ten Skincare Resolutions for the New Year!
Nut-free Skincare on the Rise
Herbalists Bring Luxe Natural Skin Care to Berkeley
‘Shameless’ Actress Pairs with Skincare Brand
Shade Mountain Naturals Introduces All-natural Skin Care Line
Your Kitchen, Your Fountain of Youth
Clorox Wants Nothing to Do with Bleach Facials
Five Natural Fruit-Packs for Healthy Glowing Skin
Zein Obagi receives J.D.D. Leaders of Distinction Award
Berry Good Skin! Add Berries to Your Routine for Radiant Skin
Oil Change! Six Natural Oils for Healthy Skin and Hair
Austrian Organic Skincare Line Promotes the Right to Wellness
Sugar’s Effect on Aging Skin
Skin Care Foundation Provides Glowing Words of Wisdom for your Skin
Raw, Real, Toxic-Free Vegan Skincare
Even More Beauty Myths Revealed
Skincare Line Using Camel's Milk
Five Oily Skin Myths
Nestle Acquires Galderma Skin-Care
Nine Wedding Skincare Tips
New Source of Natural Peptides Makes Skincare Products Cheaper, Easier to Produce
How Can Retinol Give You Healthier, More Youthful Skin?
Mom Develops Her Own Line of Skincare Products
Skincare Tips that Fit Into Any Mom’s Schedule
Grapefruit Provides Many Beauty Benefits
Diptyque Launches First Skincare Line
Celebrity Aesthetician Kat Rudu Spills Skincare Secrets
New Skincare Facts and Fallacies!
All-Natural Skincare Line Boasts Collagen-Boosting Ingredient
Dr. Piasecki Uses Skincare Line to Raise Money for Schools
In the News: Han’s Skin Care Products Called Unsafe by Health Sciences Authority
Final Results of the One-Month All-Natural Skincare Challenge
Canada Offers New Skincare Trends
Space Age Skincare Formula Could Slow Down Aging for Astronauts
Inflammation Could Be Wrecking Your Face
The Truth Behind Sun Skincare Myths!
6 Ways Strawberries Can Help Your Skin
ZO Skin Care Line Emphasizes Preventative Skin Care
Can Cosmetic Fillers Cause Bacterial Infection?
10 Skincare Essentials for Women in their 40s
'Skincare Revolution' Now Available Online
Five Products that Could Seriously Change Your Life
In the News: Skincare Clinic Owner’s LinkedIn Profile Causes Stir
Applying Skincare Products in the Correct Order
Ten Skincare Shopping Tips
Elle Experts Share Skincare Tips
Coconut Oil Skin Care and Hair Care
A Teaspoon of World's First Drinkable Sunscreen Offers Three Hours of Sun Protection
The Scientific Connection between Diet and Skin Health
4 Bad Skincare Habits to Tackle Right Now
Men’s Skincare Booms in Asia
Get Refreshed: Sunscreen Basics
Napa Valley-Inspired Skincare Line Reaches Shelves
Homemade Moisturizers for All Skin Types
Nestle Chocolates and Wrinkle Treatments?
9 Ways to Stay Healthy in the Sun
More Australian Men Buying Makeup? Why?
Photo-Analysis App Generates Personalized Skincare Solutions
Millie Mackintosh Spills Skincare Secrets
Tan Your Face Responsibly with Bronzer
Targets Ups Skincare Game
Dr. Patricia Wexler on Summer Skincare
7 Allergy-proof Skincare and Makeup Finds
C’est Magnifique: Biologique Recherche Skincare Line is a True Gem
Trying a Korean Skincare Routine
Consumers Shifting to Sensitive Skincare
In-Style: Scalp Tattoos
Optimizing your Night-time Skincare Routine
5 Biggest Blunders Dermatologists Make
SPFacts: Skincare Myths You NEED to Know
8 Skincare Myths You Should Erase From Your Memory
Say 'No Way!' to UV Rays: 5 Tips that can Save Your Life
What Would Happen if Plants Started a Skincare Line?
You Put the Lime in the Coconut… and Put It on Your Skin
Sinister Soaps: 3 Skincare Products to Avoid
5 Skin Tips: Never Strike Oil Again
Buy a Gym Membership... For Your Skin!
How You Can Sleep In & Still Look Great
Fab Foods For Fab Skin
Iced Drinks Cause Eye Bags?! 8 Fun Tips for Flawless Skin
Cosmo Reveals the 5 Simple Steps for Flawless Skin
Natural Skincare is on the Boom, or Should We Say Bloom
Sunscreen: Safe or 'Toxic Sludge?'
Yogurt: Good for your Diet, Great for your Face
Aging Gracefully: A Skincare Guide Through the Decades
DIY Skincare: Keep it Simple, Stupid!
The One Item You Need to Attain Flawless Skin