What Are the Benefits of Topically Applied Coq10?

by Joshua Duvauchelle ; Updated July 18, 2017

The University of Miami calls the coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) molecule one of the human body's "most important antioxidants." Oral administration of the enzyme may treat various health disorders like heart disease, but its benefits are not limited to simply ingesting the enzyme. You can also apply it topically to your skin using various medicines, ointments and over-the-counter skin creams.

Skin Wrinkle Reduction

CoQ10 reaches its natural maximum levels within your body around ages 20 through 30, then starts falling as you get older. Lower levels of CoQ10 lead to the skin symptoms associated with aging, including deeper and more pronounced wrinkles. When you rub on skin creams formulated with CoQ10, the enzyme penetrates the living layer of skin cells and can help slow or reverse the depth of your wrinkles, according to Roland Stocker, Ph.D., of the University of New South Wales in Australia.

Skin Damage Protection

As ultraviolet rays from the sun bombard your skin, it releases free radicals that oxidize your skin cells and lead to photoaging symptoms like skin discoloration and brown spots. Stocker says CoQ10 is "highly effective" in protecting skin from such ultraviolet damage.


Unlike many types of topical ointments and creams, CoQ10 is absorbed into the skin and builds up over time as you continually apply it. This allows the enzyme to persist in your tissue and may offer persistent, long-term protection and benefits.

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Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.