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Coenzyme Q10

What does coenzyme Q10 do for your skin?

You may have seen oral supplements that contain coenzyme Q10, but it is also a beneficial ingredient in skin care too.

What is coenzyme Q10 (also called ubiquinone, or just Q10)?

Coenzyme Q10 is a fat-soluble antioxidant made by your body. It is present in all human cells, and necessary for normal cell function. Most importantly, it is necessary for maintenance of cellular energy.

CoQ10 levels decreased with age and external skin stress. Topically applying it to skin is proven to increase Q10 levels and provide benefit. Coenzyme Q10 penetrates into deeper layers of the epidermis when topically applied to skin.

Skin benefits of coenzyme Q10.

Coenzyme Q10 increases antioxidant capacity and reduces damaging free radicals in skin. The major overall benefit is in helping skin resist UV free radical damage, and other oxidative stress, thus supporting long-term anti-aging effects. It also supports cellular energy maintenance for skin cells. Skin benefits from Q10-containing skin care products.

CoQ10 helps skin look and feel younger.

Topically applied CoQ10 has been shown to increase skin hyaluronic acid content. This helps to keep skin dewy and supple. CoQ10 also has been shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

In my opinion, coenzyme Q10 is one of the ingredients that are good to have in your skin care products. Many of my facial products contain Coenzyme Q10 for this reason. 


Knott Anja, et. al., Topical treatment with coenzyme Q10-containing formulas improves skin’s Q10 level and provides antioxidative effects, Biofactors, 2015 Nov 12; 41(6): 383-390.

Hernandez-Camacho Juan D, et. al., Coenzyme Q10 Supplementation in Aging and Disease, Front Physiol. 2018; 9:44

Blatt Thomas, et. al., CoQ10, a topical energizer for aging skin, JAAD, Farch 2004, 50(3), Supplement, Page P76