Bee Venom in skin care
A new-comer on the beauty market is Bee Venom.
Bee Venom has some interesting clinical research behind much of its claims. Bee Venom (BV) has been successfully used in a diverse range of conditions such as Osteoarthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Cancer, Myopathy, Polyneuritis and asthma.
It is often advertised as the new Botox!1
ARE THE BEES HURT IN THE PROCESS? ... NO
Because the bees are stinging a piece of glass their abdomen remains intact and therefore the bee remains healthy and alive.5
Research on Bee Venom
Research conducted in 2014, using a Randomised Double Blind study, found that Bee Venom reduced "muscle tonus" and pain in the Masseter muscle (jaw muscle/mandible). The research findings showed a reduction of "muscle tonus" was statistically relevant in the BV group and irrelevant in the placebo group." Further more, this research found that the application of 0,0005% Bee Venom ointment gave better relief in muscle tension than physiotherapy.3
Like Botox, Bee Venom relaxes muscle and is quite efficient at doing so...without the needles and discomfort!!
Double-blind describes an especially stringent way of conducting an experiment which attempts to eliminate subjective, unrecognized biases carried by an experiment's subjects (usually human) and conductors. Double-blind studies were first used in 1907 by W. H. R. Rivers and H. N. Webber in the investigation of the effects of caffeine. (See Rivers WHR and Webber HN. “The action of caffeine on the capacity for muscular work” Journal of Physiology 36: 33-47: 1907.)4.
A further study conducted in 2014 indicated that Bee Venom exerts an inhibitory effect on inflammatory skin diseases and the researchers concluded that "BV has potential for use as an anti-acne agent and may be useful in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries."5
It appears that the claims for Bee Venom are substantiated through rigorous and scholarly clinical research for over 75 years, not trials that rely on consumer surveys which are unreliable and totally subjective.
Bee Venom has undergone genuine scientific research that has used statistically significant samples and double blind placebo tests to verify their results.
You may be interested in the Bee Pure Skincare Range
3. Aleksandra Nitecka-Buchta, Piotr Buchta, Elżbieta Tabeńska-Bosakowska, Karolina Walczyńska-Dragoń, and Stefan Baron, “Myorelaxant Effect of Bee Venom Topical Skin Application in Patients with RDC/TMD Ia and RDC/TMD Ib: A Randomized, Double Blinded Study,” BioMed Research International, vol. 2014, Article ID 296053, 9 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/296053
5. An, H., Lee, W., Kim, K., Kim, J., Lee, S., Han, S. ... Park, K. (2014). Inhibitory effects of bee venom on Propionibacterium acnes-induced inflammatory skin disease in an animal model. International Journal of Molecular Medicine, 34, 1341-1348. http://dx.doi.org/10.3892/ijmm.2014.1933
5. op.cit. http://www.happyvalley.co.nz/ingredients/bee-venom/