Camu camu (Myrciaria Dubia) is one of the most effective and highly sought-after ingredients in the skincare world. This post will detail what camu camu is and how it can benefit your skin regardless of age or skin type.

What is camu camu?

Camu camu is a berry native to the Amazon rainforest. The berries of the camu camu tree are one of nature’s most potent sources of vitamin C, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients. In fact, camu camu boasts one of the highest concentrations of vitamin C of any plant in the world—more than 40 times the amount found in lemons or oranges. It is also a stable, natural source of vitamin C, meaning it is ideal for topical applications, while many synthetic sources of vitamin C are not. Long prized for its health and medicinal benefits, camu camu has become well known as a skincare superfood. Camu camu is also a source of plant-derived flavonoids, which protect the skin against environmental stressors. Containing vitamin B3, it is anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial. 

Is camu camu good for your skin?

Camu camu contains so many scientifically-proven nutrients that improve skin health and appearance. Here are some of the skincare benefits of camu camu:

Pigmentation – Hyperpigmentation is a common condition where dark spots on the skin cause your complexion to be uneven. It can be caused by acne or sun exposure. The naturally occurring vitamin C and niacin in camu camu interact with melanin-producing cells in the skin to reduce hyperpigmentation caused by sun exposure or acne scarring to even out your overall skin tone.

Sun protection – The vitamin C in camu camu helps protect the skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays, which cause premature aging, wrinkles, dark spots, and other visible damage. Always use a strong SPF with your other skincare products for the best results.

Brightening and tightening – Camu camu’s vitamin C helps give your skin a natural glow. By aiding in collagen production, camu camu helps your skin appear firmer and more luminous. 

Anti-inflammatory – So many of our skin woes are actually caused by inflammation. Camu camu contains more than 30 antioxidant phenolics and fights inflammation, one of the leading contributors to the aging process and acne breakouts.

Exfoliation – Camu camu also gently exfoliates the skin, lifting dead skin cells, leaving skin healthy and renewed.

Reduces blemishes – Camu camu contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties to help prevent acne breakouts. While there are many different causes of acne, buffing away dead skin cells and keeping pores free from excess bacteria can help keep your skin clear.

Is camu camu good for anti-aging?

As nature’s richest source of vitamin C, camu camu is an ideal anti-aging ingredient. The vitamin C in camu camu helps promote the production of collagen, a protein responsible for making your skin appear plump, firm, and elastic. Collagen production naturally slows down as we age, so adding camu camu to your regimen can help combat this change.

Camu camu also helps to reverse and prevent many of the most visible signs of aging, like wrinkles, fine lines, and dull skin tone. And, because it aids in protecting against extrinsic damage from the sun and environmental pollutants, camu camu can help block the stressors and free radicals that speed up the aging process.

The bottom line

While you could use a combination of individual products to combat aging and acne, the answer to beautiful, healthy skin isn’t more products but better ingredients. In today’s busy world, we all need a skincare regimen that is simple, effective, and safe. To that end, SkinTherapyMD created a line of results-driven skincare products designed to streamline your daily skincare routine using a proprietary blend of the best ingredients that exist in nature.

SkinTherapyMD products were formulated based on years of clinical experience and research. There are no added fragrances or filler ingredients in our products—just clean, safe, high-quality, and powerful sources of the nutrients your skin needs to be at its best. Our products are gluten-free, cruelty-free, paraben-free, and non-GMO.