“Following the last ICQA event in New York in 2018, it was a huge honor for us to be able to welcome researchers from all over the world to our site in Hamburg,” said Dr. Gitta Neufang, Senior Vice President of Research and development. “Beiersdorf scientists have been conducting intensive research on the essential coenzyme Q10 since the early 1990s. In 1998, we succeeded in making Q10 available for the first time in anti-aging skin care products. We are as proud of this pioneering work as we are of our other research contributions. We are therefore all the more delighted that this has been recognized by the members of the ICQA.
Q10 still has considerable potential in skincare
The International Coenzyme Q10 Association was founded by scientists around the world in September 1997 and is based at the Institute of Biochemistry of the Polytechnic University of Marche in Ancona, Italy. The aim of the research association is to regularly share the latest findings regarding Q10 across a wide range of scientific disciplines, including research into Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and cancer. Focused on the skin, Beiersdorf scientists have been part of the inner circle of experts from the start, have published their research results in renowned journals and communicate their expertise at numerous specialist events. Represented by Dr. Julia Weise, Laboratory Manager, Bioassays, Beiersdorf gave an overview of her research work for the eighth time at this year’s ICQA conference, highlighting her leading role in skin research. Q10.
“Q10 still holds tremendous potential in the area of anti-aging skincare as we continue to uncover new details. During the more than 20 years of our intensive research work, we have continuously expanded our knowledge and also collaborated with renowned external partners,” explained Weise.
Targeted improvement of skin cell vitality with Q10
The latest study was carried out in collaboration with Beiersdorf’s long-time cooperation partner Luca Tiano, professor at the University of Ancona and member of the ICQA board. In their joint work, the scientists proved that the decline in Q10 in skin cells due to age is a cause of skin aging and also weakens connective tissue structures.
“This knowledge gives us an even better understanding of Q10’s key function and allows us to specifically influence skin cell vitality,” Weise said. “We also proved on a skin model that a Q10 deficiency can be filled and that the cells can therefore be biologically rejuvenated.”
Successes like these enable Beiersdorf to continuously expand its Q10 formula platform and steadily improve the effectiveness of Q10 products, for example by combining them with highly effective active ingredients such as creatine and vitamin C. This makes Q10 research an excellent example of how early pioneering work by the Hamburg-based company benefits from the latest research results. The success story of active ingredient cosmetics and modern anti-aging skin care began in 1998 with the introduction of the first Nivea Q10 skin care product to the mass market. It continues to bear fruit to this day with many innovations.