Ingredient Spotlight: Growth Factors in Skin Care
What does EGF/FGF and Growth Factor mean?
In recent years some Scientists have moved a little beyond Vitamin C, Hydroxy Acids and Retinols to try tackling the ageing/skin recovery and repair process by focusing on Growth Factors.
Growth Factors are all about replenishing the skin, and helping it grow and repair faster. Skin when it’s young is able to repair quickly and literally bounce back, due to the high level of natural production of proteins etc in young skin.
However, as we get older this natural production like so many things (sigh) decreases. Which is why fine lines, scarring and lack of plumpness and dryness increases.
Growth Factors are a term used for a variety of proteins that promote skin repair and maintenance of skin health and tissues within the body. Using Growth Factors to treat skin recovery is actually nothing new. The origins of Growth Factor development are actually rooted in the treatment of burn victims who needed rapid skin regeneration and healing.
Fun fact: The discovery of EGF (Epidermal Growth factor) by Stanley Cohen gained him a Nobel Prize. Casual.
How do they work:
Basically, they act as little messengers to their specific Growth Factor receptors in the skin, to kick start production.
Production of what? Well it depends on the type of Growth Factor.
The two I’m going to focus on today are:
Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF): This as the name suggests, mainly works on the epidermis (uppermost layers) of the skin. EGF’s help to repair skin damage and promote production of new skin cells, helping skin appear more even toned and heal faster.
Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF): Fibroblasts exist in the dermis layer of the skin (the layer below the epidermis), and play an important role in skin recovery from injury and tissue connectivity. The FGF’s work on promoting the production of collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and promote production of collagen and elastin.
The use of Growth factors in skin care is causing mass excitement and talk which is only set to increase.
As an added bonus, just like with ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen and Ceramides etc because we naturally produce Growth Factors the likelihood of reacting badly to them are reaalllly really low. Although if you suffer from eczema, have a scratch or dermatitis it's recommended to steer clear. Otherwise try it out.
The excitement is real.
Shop The Story:
The new Abib Hypoderma Serum, contains both EGF and FGF as well as special SP1 technology to help the Growth Factor penetrate the skin. We think it’s wonderful.