Anti Aging Skin Treatment: Collagen and Peptides

June 25th, 2013 No comments

Protecting your skin from outside factors by wearing sunscreen and developing a healthier lifestyle can helps, but time marches on no matter what you do. Consequently, whatever anti aging technique or strategy you use must suit your own skin issues, choosing the one that best address your own skin rejuvenation necessities.

If your skin stops producing collagen, this contributes to skin strength and elasticity. Degradation of skin leads to wrinkles that accompany aging. Though many skin care products tout the fact that they contain collagen, the fact is that collagen is too large to be assimilated directly through the skin.

Collagen is a fibrous protein occurring in bone, cartilage and connective tissue. It’s a major structural protein, forming molecular cables that strengthen the tendons and vast, resilient sheets that support the skin and internal organs. Each cell of our body has collagen. Collagen acts as the crucial support structure in tissues around which cells live and function. For example, bones and teeth are made by adding mineral crystals to collagen.

However, collagen production can be stimulated by peptides, chains of amino acids that are found naturally in the body. Stimulation by peptides makes possible to slow down the effects of aging and diminish facial wrinkles. That is why skin care products that contain peptides are the most effective anti-aging skin care treatments.

Peptides are simple proteins made up of only a few amino acids and they are often no more than digested proteins and most of them can be absorbed directly into the bloodstream without digestion or breakdown into individual amino acids. In the most of the cases, peptides work as neurotransmitters and as natural pain relieving substances in the brain.

The peptides used as skin care ingredients in wrinkle creams have communication properties and help acting as messengers at the cellular level. As messengers, these peptides can send signals that help stimulate the synthesis of collagen. It is because of collagen production stimulation that the use of peptides is considered one of the most effective anti aging treatment.

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This month’s Featured Article: Effectively treating Hyperpigmentation

February 19th, 2013 No comments

Hyperpigmentation is one of the most difficult challenges skin health professionals face. The broad and varied base of patients that seek treatment for this frustrating condition make it necessary for the clinician to have a deep understanding of its etiology. Outstanding and consistent results can be achieved by approaching treatment from two angles: topical treatment and patient education. Ensure that the professional treatments you perform and the daily care products you recommend address the melanogenesis process at multiple points. Be certain you take the time to properly educate each patient about their role in the success or failure of their treatment outcome. Doing these things will lead to the fast, dramatic results both you and your client desire.

What happens in the skin

Hyperpigmentation is the deposit of melanin (pigment) due to a process called melanogenesis. This process encompasses the production of pigment and its duplication in the skin. It is the end result of inflammatory insults. Regardless of the source of the inflammation—UV exposure, hormonal triggers or cutaneous inflammation, such as heat or trauma—this activity of the melanocytes is designed to protect the skin cells’ DNA from damage and mutation.
After the initial inflammatory response or hormonal fluctuation, the melanocyte’s stimulating hormone is released. Within the melanocyte, a chain of events is then triggered:
• The enzyme tyrosinase is released
from the rough endoplasmic reticulum (RER).
• Tyrosinase acts on the amino acid tyrosine
to convert it to L-DOPA.
• Tyrosinase then binds with copper and acts on the L-DOPA, converting it to DOPAquinone.
• DOPAquinone stimulates the release of melanin, which is packaged into melanosomes.
• These melanosomes are transported along the dendrites (arms) of the melanocyte and transferred into the keratinocyte, creating an umbrella-like pattern to protect the DNA within the cell, resulting in hyperpigmentation.

Types of hyperpigmentation

UV-induced hyperpigmentation is a result of UV exposure and can be caused by the sun, tanning beds and fluorescent and ambient lighting. It is identifiable by its appearance as diffused spots that are evenly distributed around the face. This type of hyperpigmentation can also be referred to as actinic hyperpigmentation.
Hormonally induced hyperpigmentation is typically referred to as melasma, and it is caused by hormone fluctuations. The term melasma comes from the Greek word “melas,” which means black. It is commonly associated with a fluctuation of hormones (pregnancy, oral contraceptives, thyroid dysfunction, menopause or hormone replacement therapy), and will worsen with UV exposure. It typically appears as large symmetrical patches with jagged borders that form around the jawline, upper lip, cheeks and forehead. The exact cause of melasma is unknown, but it is widely believed to be a result of an increase in the formation and distribution of melanosomes (packets of melanin pigment) among the keratinocytes, along with increased branching of melanocytic dendrites. Research also indicates that the elevated estrogen levels that result from pregnancy and birth control pills increase both the number of melanocytes and the activity of tyrosinase. Conversely, studies indicate that the androgen dominance that occurs during menopause is responsible for an increase in tyrosinase activity.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is a result of skin irritation, inflammation or abrasion. It is identified as a darkened area left behind at the sites of trauma. It is common in patients fighting acne, dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema, and can also be caused by bug bites.
Regardless of the cause or type of hyperpigmentation you are working to treat, there are four common strategies that must be followed: gently exfoliate the skin, increase cell turnover, inhibit melanogenesis and protect the skin from UV exposure and other inflammatory insults. There are multiple ways to achieve each of these goals, but when creating treatment plans you must employ multiple products in the professional setting, as well as in the patient’s daily care regimen. There simply is not one single “miracle product” that will clear and prevent this common condition.

Benefits of superficial chemical peels

The melanin deposited in the skin due to hyperpigmentation will appear darker to the naked eye as it rises toward the stratum corneum on its way to being shed. Part of a successful treatment plan is to remove these darker impacted cells to keep the appearance of the pigmented area to a minimum—even as you are working to increase cell turnover and lift deeper pigment to the surface. It is wise to perform a superficial peel twice a week to keep the unwanted pigment from re-depositing onto the surface. Although this is a normal way of lifting pigment, a better way is to gently remove the stratum corneum before it has a chance to become visibly darker to the patient. They will likely be happier and remain more compliant with your predetermined plan if you follow this method.
Because inflammation is the direct trigger of hyperpigmentation, gentle exfoliation is crucial. If aggressive methods are employed, the condition will worsen rather than improve. Avoid high percentage straight acid peels and any mechanical methods, like harsh scrubs or loofahs. It is important to make your hyperpigmentation patients aware of this so that they are not inadvertently undoing the positive progress you help them achieve by irritating their skin at home.

Proven melanogenesis inhibition

Because melanogenesis is a process with many interconnected reactions, effective treatment is achieved by using topicals that contain ingredients that are proven to interrupt melanin production at multiple points.

• Retinoids, such as retinoic acid, retinol and retinaldehyde inhibit tyrosinase to suppress hyperpigmentation, enhancing cell turnover. Retinol is typically used in cosmeceutical preparations, as it is successfully converted to retinoic acid within the skin. This is especially important for patients with sensitive skin, as prescription retinoic acid can be highly stimulating on some skin types. This overstimulation could instigate melanogenesis.
• Azelaic acid inhibits tyrosinase activity and suppresses the proliferation of melanocytes.
• Glycolic acid is the most active and beneficial of the Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids (AHA) used in skin care for treating skin hyperpigmentation. Studies have shown glycolic acid to be the most effective fruit acid for cosmetic application. It has the smallest molecular structure of all AHAs, thus possesses the greatest penetration potential. Inside the cell, it stimulates the collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis, improving the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and other forms of sun damage.

Avoiding UV-induced damage

Daily use of broad spectrum sun protection with an SPF of at least 30 is critical for all patients throughout the year. It is especially important for those fighting hyperpigmentation, as the inflammation resulting from UV exposure is a direct cause of melanogenesis. As a result of new sunscreen labeling regulations by the Food and Drug Administration, products can only be labeled “broad spectrum” after passing a rigorous critical wavelength test, so it is now easier to identify effective sunscreens.

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June 2nd, 2012 No comments

As the years go by our skin changes:  wrinkles, freckles, spots and lost of skin elasticity are main signals.

Today we will focus on stains caused by the sun that occasionally appear on our face.

It is clear that exposure to the sun catches up to us. There are different types of stains caused by the sun. Among them, hyperpigmentation, which is an excess of melanin, is one of the most common. Prevent its occurrence, is the best way to treat them: we must use daily a sunscreen to protect our skin from UV and UB rays, and avoid an excessive exposure to sun.

If the stains are already present on our face we recommend to be patience and constant. In order to avoid pigmentation increases and try to eliminate the stains we already have it is important to follow these guidelines:

  • Use a high protection sunscreen throughout the year. A hat will also help to protect your skin when sun exposure.
  • Creams and treatments specifically suited for this purpose: from Matriskin we recommend the anti-stain treatment, particularly suitable for hyperpigmentation problems
  • Finally there are other effective treatments (but more aggressive) that help removing stains: microdermabrasion, pulsed light, laser,. Ect .. From Matriskin we recommend to consult a specialist before any of these treatments.


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May 11th, 2012 No comments

Chloasma or Melasma is the appearance of brown spots, with more or less intensity, which appear on the face, mustache area, on the cheeks or forehead.

It is a very common problem that affects mainly young women with dark skin. It is associated with hormones increament. It is because of this Chloasma can occur when taking hormonal contraceptives or hormone therapy at menopause.

Chloasma becomes a cosmetic problem that can persist after the disappearance of hormonal stimulation.
To solve this problem, Matriskin launches a special treatment,  on the one hand despigmenting affected areas and on the other hand, deeply hydrating and regenerating the depigmented area.

The treatment consists of the following products:
- Mask Osmopeel to depigment
- Collagen Serum, to hydrated
- Cream Zenox-In, to regenerate


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