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6 Shocking Ways That a Mushroom Benefits Your Skin

Dr. Zahra Shah

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The latest wonder ingredient that many dermatologists, skin care enthusiasts, and cosmetic experts want to incorporate into skincare products is mushroom. Many brands are now recognizing the therapeutic value of mushrooms. Studies have shown that mushrooms can boost the immune system. Extracts of mushrooms have traditionally been used to treat allergies, bronchitis, arthritis and other ailments. Having a mushroom benefits many different parts of your body in different ways. Whether applied topically in the form of skin care products or taken orally, mushrooms can do wonders for your skin. Here are some skincare benefits of mushrooms.

1- Smooth Skin:

Mushrooms contain beta-glucans, which are natural sugars that have antioxidant properties. Beta-glucan is a soothing agent. It can help calm dry and itchy skin. It can also improve the look of redness and other signs associated with sensitive skin. Beta glucan also speeds up the healing of wounds and scars. Mushrooms also have polysaccharides that moisturize the skin. They can also stimulate the production of collagen and increase skin’s elasticity.

2- Reduce Signs Of Aging:

One of the reasons why mushrooms are gaining popularity in skin care is that they offer anti-aging benefits. They can help with wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. These benefits come mainly from the large number of anti-oxidants that these mushrooms contain which help battle the damage that our skin cells experience on a regular basis. This slows down the aging process for the skin by slowing down the formation of wrinkles and maintaining the plumpness of the skin. In this way eating a mushroom benefits the skin and also reduces the chances of cancers. Reishi mushrooms are well known for their anti-oxidant properties and are a popular choice for people who want to slow down the aging process.

3- Reduce Inflammation:

Mushrooms have anti-inflammatory properties which can calm down inflammation. Since a lot of skin problems are a result of chronic inflammation, mushrooms can help with wounds, swelling, acne, and blemishes. A number of studies have confirmed that mushrooms are effective in this regard although it does depend on the type of mushroom that is being used. In order to make the most of these anti-inflamatory properties, people should consume mushrooms that contain more polysaccharides, terpenoids and phenolic compounds such as Chaga mushrooms

4- Skin Brightening:

Certain types of mushrooms can reduce melanin content and inhibit melanin production that develops due to hyperpigmentation Mushrooms fade hyperpigmentation and help give the skin a “brightening effect”. Some kinds of mushrooms also contain kojic acid which is a natural brightening agent. It has been shown to inhibit the production of melanin on the surface of the skin by bringing new cells to the surface after the dead ones are sloughed away. Shittake mushrooms in particular are very good for this purpose and also contain a number of anti-oxidants, thus fighting aging as well.

5- Detoxify The Skin:

Mushrooms have detoxification properties which can cleanse your body. When you eliminate toxins, it shows up in the form of clear skin as the health of your skin starts from within.  Certain kinds of mushrooms also have high antioxidant potential and can fight free radicals and strengthen the skin’s barrier. Certain types of mushrooms if used in a paste can actually exfoliate the skin by eliminating dead skin cells, just make sure you don’t use it more than twice a week as it could also potentially damage the skin.

6- Hydrates The Skin:

Mushrooms can help keep your skin smooth by keeping it hydrated. Many mushrooms contain polysaccharides which help hydrate the skin, making sure that it has a smooth and supple look. Reishi mushrooms in particular are very good at this as they contain Beta-glucans which help reduce dry or itchy skin. So it is particularly useful for more sensitive skin. Some mushrooms also contain a lot of vitamin D, which can do wonders for your skin, especially if you are one of the many people with a vitamin D deficiency.

The three kinds of mushrooms that have been getting a lot of attention are kombucha, shitake, and reishi.  Kombucha can help with, digestion, weight loss, memory, and longevity. When applied topically, kombucha can hinder glycation, a process which happens when sugar binds to the skin and causes wrinkles. Shitake mushrooms are rich in lipids, vitamins, proteins, and amino acids which are beneficial for the skin. Reishi mushrooms are high in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. There are a large number of different mushrooms avaialble and each mushroom benefits people in different ways, so it is best to do as much research as possible or consult a professional.

If you have any skin related concerns, you can consult a dermatologist. You can find and book an appointment with top Dermatologists in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad through oladoc.com. You can also call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your health concerns.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Zahra Shah - Author Dr Zara attained her Bachelor of Medicine ,Bachelor of Surgery Degree from the Dow university of health Sciences and subsequently went on to qualify as a Specialist dermatologist accredited by the Specialist Accreditation Board, United Kingdom.. Dr Zara holds the License of the laser surgery from UK she is a Member of the British Association of Dermatologists and the International Society of Pediatric dermatology. Her rapport with her patients, medical knowledge and surgical expertise contribute to Dr Zara’s popularity with patients in both medical and cosmetic dermatology. She integrates her artistic sensibility with her research background and specialist dermatologist Training ,by means of customized ,evidence –based aesthetic treatments using state- of the art –machines ,injectables (fillers and toxins) which work synergistically with specialist dermatologist –grade Cosmeceuticals .She is widely quoted in women’s, and parenthood magazines, as well as on television for her dermatological expertise.

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