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Many benefiicial skin care ingredients have been derived from plants. Madecassoside, or Gota Kola, is one such ingredient derived from Centella asiatica, a medicinal plant used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 2000 years in India. Many cultures have used madecassoside for its healing properties.  

Clinical studies have shown that madecassoside can heal skin and deliver anti-aging benefits as well. Though the exact mechanism by which it works isn’t clear, it’s thought to work in number of ways including:

Inflammation control
Collagen I and III synthesis (Collagen is one of the major components of the skin dermis, the layer under the epidermis. Collagen I is important in wound healing. Collagen III is produced by fibroblasts or skin cells prior to the synthesis of collagen I.)
Reduction of matrix metallo protein (MMPs) enzymes that lead to the breakdown of the skin's matrix or framework  

Madecassoside may also benefit psoriasis due to its anti-inflammatory action.

Skin care preparations with madecassoside may be useful to stimulate wound healing after surgical procedures or to increase collagen synthesis in aging skin.  

Here are some products to consider:
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Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care. She owns and operates an online anti aging skin store at [Link Removed] 

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