AGEs are an acronym for Advanced Glycation End Products. These AGEs build up when we consume products with high glycemic index. These may include foods with white in it, such as potatoes, sugars, and white bread. Preventing the buildup of AGEs is thought to not only age our skin with structural damage to it, but also lead to earlier disease and death.
AGEs can impact nearly every cell in the human body. From a cardiovascular perspective (heart), AGES are thought to cause LDLs to get trapped within the walls of blood vessels creating atherosclerosis. Other diseases where AGEs may play a role include diabetes, cataracts, Alzheimer’s, stroke, and premature aging of skin.
Acne is typically a localized skin infection of the face. The infection can lead to redness, inflammation and sometimes scarring.
Acne is thought to occur because the oil in the skin, called sebum, feeds the bacteria that cause acne. The most common type of acne is from the bacteria, Propionibacterium acnes. More severe variants of acne, particularly pustular acne, can be caused by other types of acne, including Staphylococcus Aureus.
Snail serum has been on the marked for the last few years. This includes release of some products including Tensage. The slime has more recently been found in cosmetic products in Asia and Europe. The snail slime secretes proteins like collagen, glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid which can help rejuvenate the face. In some spas, snails are actually placed on clients faces to directly apply these helpful proteins. It would take some compelling data for most patients to allow snails to crawl on their faces.
Recently a study in Stem Cell Reports described a process to make skin cells called keratinocytes.
The ability to make skin cells in a laboratory makes the need for animal testing less likely in the future.
Some skin cell drugs and cosmetics test on animals prior to testing on humans. This development has obvious potential benefits including saving animal lives and cost-effective models to help determine the safety and efficacy of skin therapies.