Topical application of products containing pomegranate may improve the appearance of wrinkled skin by reducing inflammation and forestalling further damage. Research also shows that an extract from pomegranate peel has an inhibitory effect on the collagen-depleting substance MMP-1.
(Sources: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, June 2010, pages S72-S81; and June 2009, pages S5-S9; International Journal of Cancer, January 2005, pages 423-433; Journal of Medicinal Food, Fall 2003, 157-161; Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, January 2002, pages 81-86, and pages 166-171; International Journal of Oncology, May 2002, pages 983-986; and www.naturaldatabase.com.)
Pomegranate fruit extract inhibits UVB-induced inflammation and proliferation by modulating NF-κB and MAPK signaling pathways in mouse skin. Source: Photochemistry and Photobiology 2012 Sep-Oct;88(5):1126-34. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-1097.2011.01063.x. Epub 2012 Jan 13.
Pomegranate is rich in anthocyanins, potent antioxidants.
See also Ellagic Acid.