Once upon a time a short while ago, I wasn’t a fan of peptides in skincare products. The pharmacist in me was sceptical that the evidence for the effectiveness was slightly lacking. More importantly, the lack of evidence surrounding possible side effects had me downright worried.
A chemical that can alter intracellular messaging and hormones sounds a bit daunting. What would happen if a chemical that stimulates the growth of cells was applied to a cancerous lesion on the skin?
Whilst my caution will always remain, after much research, I’m more comfortable in the knowledge that some of the peptides have been used for over 15 years and there appears to be an extremely minimal chance of any adverse effect.
In fact, I believe that peptides are a good, safe alternative for some of the topical therapies we’ve used for a long time that have serious side effects.
One particular example is retinoic acid or tretinoin, which has been used for a long time in anti-ageing circles. It stimulates new collagen and increases the rate of skin turnover but also irritates the skin and makes people prone to sunburn. Matrixyl 3000 is an old peptide that has similar effects to retinoic acid but without these side effects.
Another example is Skinasensyl, which is designed to decrease inflammation and irritation in the skin. This is a wonderful addition to the treatment of dermatitis or eczema and lead to the decreasing dependence on cortisone based agents of which long term use is problematic.
At BCP we are starting to use topical peptides more frequently as therapeutic agents. But unlike a general cosmetic retailer, we thoroughly research and understand the positives and negatives of using them first. If you have any peptide related queries, please don’t hesitate to talk to one of the pharmacists.
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Can a compounding pharmacy help with migraines and headaches? Absolutely.
At Border Compounding pharmacy, our pharmacists can combine a number of ingredients and turn them into a gel that can be applied to the first 2 molars on the top gum. You can see from the diagram above this corresponds to the maxillary nerve. By telling this nerve to stop with the pain, you can get it to tell all the other ones in the trigeminal nerve meeting point to stop with the pain too.
The human skin microbiome has been established as being one of the master controls of dermal health. Most people are aware of the presence of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria, but there are other types of organisms present on healthy skin. The biome consists of bacteria, viruses, yeasts and mites.
The main form of mites on the skin are Demodex mites. They reside in the pores of the skin devouring sebum and other dead skin material. There are numerous strains of Demodex mites which vary according to the location they are found. In healthy skin at normal levels, demodex mites appear to release various substances known as immune reactive lipases, which may protect against S.Aureus and S.Pyogenes. Generally, demodex mites are innocuous and inconspicuous - even when their population is excessive. However, in the presence of increased lipid or sebum production or in instances of dermal immunosuppression, demodex mites flourish and start to release inflammatory chemicals. This is believed to be the basis for the inflammation and secondary bacterial infections associated with rosacea and perioral dermatitis.
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