In a previous post, “Stem Cells and Anti-Ageing: Looking and Feeling Your Best” we touched on the growing trend in the field of aesthetics of the use of stem cells for treating aging skin. This involves harvesting stem cells from fat and then subsequently injecting the stem cells into wrinkled or damaged skin.
While injections of collagen and other fillers can provide excellent results these treatments are not permanent and need to be periodically repeated. Use of stem cells provides a longer lasting solution to aging skin.
Another option of treating aging or damaged skin with stem cells is now available: topical application of stem cell extracts.
Topical Stem Cell Extracts
International Stem Cell Corporation has discovered a new class of pluripotent stem cells called parthenogenic stem cells. Parthenogenic stem cells have similar characteristics of embyronic stem cells. Parthenogenic stem cells do not, however, involve the destruction of an embryo avoiding the controversy and ethics surrounding that practice.
Pluripotent stem cells have the ability to differentiate or turn themselves into any cell needed by the body. In skin they have the ability to become the cells that produce proteins like collagen and elastin which are necessary for healthy functioning and healthy appearing skin. In the case of stem cell extracts, the stem cells are cracked open and the proteins and peptides within the stem cells are extracted and used to make a topical skin cream.
Clinical studies performed by International Stem Cell Corporation show that skin becomes more plump and youthful looking following treatment with the stem cell extract and they have reported very good results in terms of skin firmness, reduction of fine lines, and improved skin brightness or luminosity. Their research also shows that stem cell extracts increases the production of collagen and elastin.
In the video below Dr. Manny from FoxNews Health speaks with Dr. Simon Craw, vice president of International Stem Cell Corporation on the use of stem cell extracts as a skin care product.
International Stem Cell Corporation has developed a line of skin care products called LifeLine® Skin Care that uses stem cell extracts.
We are just at the beginning of witnessing the tremendous health benefits from stem cells, and most certainly are going to see other applications of stem cell extracts as well.