Peptides and skincare

February 20, 2019

Peptides and skincare

By Ben Eshelby
B.Pharm., Dip Form Chem.

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 Border Compounding Pharmacy 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 our compounding pharmacists.




Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in How we can help

sunscreen for sensitive skin
Sunscreen for sensitive skin

October 10, 2020

If you have any problems finding a sunscreen that you can wear, come in and talk to your local skincare pharmacists. We may be able to find a product that suits, or in certain cases we can make an ultra basic sunscreen, completely preservative and stabiliser free from scratch for you. 

Contact Border Compounding Pharmacy

Continue Reading

eczema
The pH of skin

October 04, 2020

The pH of the skin can tell you a lot about your skins health. Generally when the skin is unhealthy or their are chronic skin conditions present the skin becomes more alkaline. Contact Border Compounding Pharmacy.

Continue Reading

medical cannabis
Medical Cannabis

September 30, 2020

At Border Compounding Pharmacy our pharmacists are happy to talk through any pain issues you may have, and discuss a number of alternative pain medications, that are now available. Contact Border Compounding Pharmacy

Continue Reading

Hello!

Border Compounding Pharmacy

We would love to keep you up to date with what’s happening in our store and all the new exciting products we are formulating.