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What Is Pearl Powder and Can It Benefit Your Skin and Health?

Pearl powder is a popular ingredient in skin care products today, but it isn’t new. It’s been used for thousands of years in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Wu Zetian, a Chinese empress, supposedly used the powder to beautify her skin.

In Chinese medicine, the powder is said to be detoxifying and is used as an anti-inflammatory and a relaxant. In Ayurvedic medicine, pearl is said to be an antidote for poison, and it was also used in love potions.

Pearl powder contains amino acids, calcium, and trace minerals and has many purported benefits for skin and health. Keep reading to learn about how it’s made and used, along with its benefits and potential side effects.

Pearl powder is made by boiling fresh or saltwater pearls (to sterilize them), and then milling the pearls into a soft fine powder that’s similar in texture to flour or cornstarch.

Pearl powder contains the following:

  • Amino acids. These building blocks of protein are essential for our bodies to function properly. They stimulate skin cells to produce collagen, promote cellular repair and hydration, and protect skin from pollution and outside elements.
  • Trace minerals. Pearl powder contains over 30 trace minerals, including magnesium and potassium, which help maintain skin's health. 
  • High levels of calcium. Calcium promotes skin regeneration and moisture. It also helps to regulate sebum and cell turnover. Taken orally, calcium also helps with bone strength and may fight against osteoporosis.
  • Antioxidant boosters. Pearl powder is said to boost two of the bodies most abundant antioxidants: superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione.These antioxidants can help fight against disease and may even extend life.

Pearl powder has both internal and external benefits for the skin and body. It’s said to reduce activation of tyrosinase, which is an enzyme that causes the production of melanin. Without this, skin appears more luminous — much like the sheen of a pearl.

Nacre, an ingredient in pearl powder can also stimulate fibroblasts in the body, which accelerates wound healing. This can also help collagen regenerate itself, which may make wrinkles appear less prominent.

Pearl powder was used as an anti-inflammatory, detoxifying agent, and relaxant in Chinese medicine. This could be in part because of the magnesium it contains. 

Magnesium has an ability to elevate gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA ) levels, which can help alleviate depression, anxiety, and certain sleep disorders.

Pearl powder comes in many forms and can be used topically or orally. Forms of pearl powder include:

  • finishing powders
  • face masks
  • skin lotions
  • oral supplements
  • toothpaste

Source from: Healthline