Pep Talk: A Series on Peptides

Wound healing is a common concern for most aestheticians. To treat these conditions successfully, many modalities and products are marketed to provide the professional with tools. However, it is imperative to understand the natural wound healing process and how to effectively treat these conditions. This article will review the five phases of wound healing, explore how peptides work in conjunction with the healing process, and…
The phenomenon of aging and the concept of expanding the human lifespan has thrived over the last several decades. The quest for a more youthful appearance has infiltrated research for several generations. The primary causes for accelerated cellular damage or aging were mostly found to be a result of reactive oxidative stress, over-exposure to ultraviolet rays, environmental factors (pollution and toxins), and illnesses. However, further…
Vitamin A is essential for healthy growth and development, good vision, a strong immune system, and a healthy skin barrier. In the 1960s, dermatologists commonly used vitamin A for treating acne until it was later identified as an effective vitamin for the repair of aging skin.1 It is currently one of the most popular ingredients used in skin care formulations for skin revision. However, little…
The use of peptides has grown a considerable amount over the last five years, but little is mentioned about the efficacy of bioactive peptides. This article will focus on how bioactive peptides work at the cellular level to affect each layer of the skin, including the dermis. To begin, it is important to differentiate between trademarked and bioactive peptides. According to the American Medical Dictionary,…
Skin aging and abnormalities are closely linked to the lack of essential water levels in the skin. Some abnormalities include, but are not limited to, accelerated aging, eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, actinic keratosis, and contact dermatitis. The majority of causes can be linked to a lack of hyaluronic acid production, transepidermal water loss (TEWL), client water intake, environmental ambient humidity, lymphatic and circulatory health, medications,…

Bioactive Peptides: Superior Antioxidants

Written by Susan Wade, M.Ed., L.S.
Free radical damage has been a popular topic with numerous research articles since the late 1800s, but little is known about bioactive peptides playing a superior role as an antioxidant. This article will address the causes of free radicals, reactive oxygen species (ROS), oxidative stress, and the damage that occurs to cells that contribute to accelerated aging and many other skin conditions. FREE RADICALS Let’s…
The skin is considered to be its own ecosystem that includes bacteria, fungi, and viruses. This system plays a crucial role in the balancing of pathogenic (bad) bacteria, as well as protecting the commensal (good) bacteria. This article will explore types of skin bacteria and their role in the skin’s microflora and microbiome systems, as well as examine how antimicrobial peptides play a superior role…
Peptides have become one of the most valuable tools used in skin revision, cancer treatment, immune therapy, and health improvement. As skin rejuvenation and youthfulness has become an increasing and growing request, it is imperative for the professional to understand how peptides are able to provide the missing tool to achieve healthy results. SIGNALING PEPTIDESThrough a precise system of communication, cells receive messages that have…
To understand how inhibitor peptides are able to alter pigmentation, it is imperative to understand how melanin is produced within the skin, what causes the overproduction of melanin (hyperpigmentation), and how peptides can play a key role in the regulation of melanin production. HOW THE SKIN PRODUCES MELANINMelanogenisis begins when tyrosine, an amino acid, is stimulated by the pituitary gland and attaches to an enzyme,…
Peptides are composed of amino acids that are sequenced together and held by a bond. They are crucial to almost all biological actions of the body and thrive in a system network of communication. As mentioned in a previous article, peptides are able to provide the link to homeostasis with a network of communication that is very specific. Each cell, tissue and organ has a…
Peptides have become one of the most valuable tools used for skin revision, cancer treatment, immune therapy, antimicrobial for wound healing, and for overall improved health. There are increasingly new advances and research in peptides and their effect on the health of the skin. With the numerous claims of skin rejuvenation and youthfulness, it is imperative for the professional to understand how peptides are able…

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