What is a Growth Factor?
Growth Factors are proteins that bind to receptors on the cell surface, with the primary result of activating cellular proliferation and/or differentiation. This activation creates key signaling between cells. They are responsible for:
Chemical messengers between cells.
Turns a variety of cellular activities on and off.
Involved in cell division, new cell and blood vessel growth, collagen and elastin production.
Repairs a damaged cell to recruit other cells to assist in the repair OR kill the damaged cell.
Key roles of Growth Factors.
Growth Factors, Cytokines, Interleukins, Fibroblasts and Interferons have shown to play a key role in:
- Minimizing scarring.
- Reducing inflammation and redness of skin trauma.
- Collagen and elastin production.
- Peptide chemical messaging between cells.
- Activating immune cells, such as natural killer cells and macrophages.
- Increasing cellular proliferation and differentiation.
- Promoting blood vessel formation (Angiogenesis).
- Creating homeostasis in the cell community which is optimum conditions for healthy cells.
- Helping increase production of hyaluronan (also called hyaluronic acid).
Growth Factor Targets
Collagen is the protein that gives our skin structure and strength. Our skin is made up of almost 80% collagen and as we age we lose that collagen and the firmness of our skin deteriorates.
Elastin is what gives our skin its resilience. As we age the elasticity diminishes, especially in our faces. With the loss of elastin and collagen, the skin will naturally become thinner and more fragile.
New Cell Turnover
The skin, being the largest organ in the body, is constantly in a state of renewing skin cells as the dead ones shed. As we start to age this process causes the skin to thin and lose moisture.
A localized physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or medical procedures.
Benefits of Growth Factors.
Growth Factors aid in repairing the look of damaged skin and improve it’s elasticity and resilience. Benefits also include:
- Speeds up recovery after clinical procedures.
- Helps stimulate the skin’s own renewal mechanism by increasing hydration.
- Reduces fine lines, wrinkles, sun/age spots, hyper-pigmentation, and crows feet.
- Helps with oxidative stress, skin aging, enlarged pores, loss of elasticity and thinning of the facial skin.
- Helps facilitate the return of youthful, healthy hair cycle and restores the regeneration of hair follicles to re-grow hair.
- Helps facilitate the growth and health of eyelashes and diminishes dark circles and crows feet around the eye.
- Increases the number of fibroblasts (cells that produce collagen) and keratinocytes (top layer of skin).
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