ZO Skin Health, the brand of skin care products developed by the agave family, is touting its agave oil as a treatment for skin cancer.
The products, which are available at ZO skin health’s website, have been promoted in advertisements and testimonials from doctors, dermatologists, nurses and other health professionals.
The company claims that the skin-care products reduce acne, inflammation and hyperpigmentation, and have anti-aging benefits, among other claims.
But a study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, and published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, found that the products do not work as advertised.
The study concluded that the agaves oil does not significantly reduce acne or inflammation, and that it does not treat hyperpigeonuria, a common skin condition caused by excess sebum in the skin.
The results may be due to a lack of information about the agavaceae, or agave plants, that make up the skin care brand’s products.
The study, which was conducted by UC-Los Angeles dermatologist Dr. Joseph R. Estrada, found no evidence that agave had a significant impact on skin health or that it reduced the frequency of skin blemishes.
Dr. Estromas research was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
The findings are likely to be of concern to consumers who have experienced acne, hyperpigo and other skin conditions due to excessive sebum.
“There’s a lot of misinformation out there about the use of agave oils, and it’s probably very damaging to people with acne,” said Dr. John S. Kwon, an otolaryngologist and cosmetic dermatologist who also serves as an adjunct professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the California Veterinary Medical College.
“There’s definitely a lot to be concerned about with this.”
A study conducted last year by researchers from the University at Buffalo found that agaves have antihistamines, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, but also noted that some products did not meet the FDA’s standard for skin care ingredients.
It also found that, while the study indicated that some of the products did have beneficial ingredients, there was no evidence of efficacy for most of them.
The researchers also said the agaved oil could increase the risk of skin cancer, but that the results were inconclusive.