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Growth Factors: The Newest in Cosmeceuticals

Rapid technological advancements in the field of cosmeceuticals (topical products with pharmacologic activity) have led to the development of new active formulations.

 One of the most promising new groups of bioactive molecules are growth factors.

Growth factors are naturally occurring large protein molecules made by our own cells in response to cell damage. They work together with other natural molecules in our body to promote healing and development of new tissue. For this reason, growth factors have always been of interest to medical professionals and aestheticians, particularly in the fields of skin regeneration. Growth factors’ ability to stimulate skin regeneration and turn back the hands of time has an undeniable allure in the anti-aging cosmetic industry.

Aging skin has been shown to have a reduced amount of epidermal growth factor (EGF), resulting in slower skin renewal while also accentuating signs of aging like wrinkles and age spots. Replacement or supplementation of EGF can accelerate new skin growth giving you skin that looks and feels younger.  

Several clinical trials have shown that skin creams containing growth factors have been able to achieve the following results:

-Reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles from new collagen synthesis

-Improve appearance of age spots and evenness of pigmentation

-Improve texture, roughness and elasticity

-Improve smoothness and tightness

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Why are Growth Factors Useful?

Medically based skin care programs are designed to transform the skin, whether it be from dull and lifeless to supple, or from wrinkled and sun damaged to fresh and young.  A very simple way to describe the philosophy is “out with the old; in with the new”. We do this using a number of tools such as scrubs and washes to exfoliate along with alpha-hydroxy acid products to remove dead cells, smooth skin texture and reduce wrinkles.  Vitamin A derivatives (such as Vita A Pro) increase skin turn over and enhance cellular renewal.

Once the skin starts to turn over, it’s time to support the new skin growth with a product that can regenerate. This is where growth factor comes in! The use of a growth factor cream or serum at night provides these new skin cells with the right nutrients to stay strong and healthy. 

Regular use of Regenerating Serum with EGF will revitalize, refine and assist in the repair of skin, while greatly reducing clogged pores and dead skin; keeping it smooth, soothed and properly moisturized. There are two main ingredients, EGF (accelerates growth of epidermal cells and reduces wrinkles and assists in wound healing) and Tetrapeptide 3 (boosts collagen production, activates skin repair and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles).