With all your skin goes through during the aging process, growth factors—proteins that are naturally found in the skin—help protect skin from environmental damage and promote skin cell regeneration. Like the name implies, one way to think about the benefit of growth factors is to picture the “growth” of skin qualities like collagen and elastin, which keep it looking youthful.
Growth factors are so important, they’re a part of scientific history. In 1986, biologist Rita Levi-Montalcini and biochemist Stanley Cohen received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering growth factors.
Today, we know growth factors to be powerful skin care ingredients that help reduce the appearance of discoloration, wrinkles and fine lines while supporting cell turnover. Learn how using skin care with growth factors can help you achieve a younger-looking skin appearance and provide support for skin after treatments and procedures.
What Are Growth Factors?
Growth factors are naturally-occurring peptides and proteins that can be found in a variety of places, most notably our own skin. . The body creates growth factors to heal skin that’s damaged due to photoaging and environmental factors like sun exposure and pollution.
Growth factors promote cell turnover and the production of structural proteins like elastin and collagen, which are crucial to combat damage to the skin, fine lines and wrinkles and support youthful-looking skin.
As you age, the natural growth factor levels in your body decrease. That leads to less repair and protection and in turn, visible signs of aging. Using skin care with growth factors can help.
How Do Growth Factors Work?
Growth factors are an effective treatment for skin since they are naturally found in the skin. Your cells know how to use them to strengthen your skin barrier and to produce elastin and collagen. When they’re applied via skin care products, growth factors can immediately get to work to help with skin concerns ranging from scarring and acne to hyperpigmentation.
Growth factors bind to cell receptors and promote cell proliferation, which is the process in which cells grow and divide to produce new cells. This stimulates elastin and collagen production and retention.
Healthy cell turnover can also reduce inflammation. That’s why some dermatologists recommend growth factor skin care as a retinol alternative that’s ideal for sensitive skin.
Growth factors can also be used together with retinol for an anti-aging regimen, acting as a buffer for any retinol side effects like irritation.
Where Do Growth Factors Come From?
Growth factors—as we’ve mentioned—naturally occur in human skin, but they’re also present in a number of other forms. Advances in biotechnology have made it possible to derive growth factors from human cells, animals and even some plants.
Human Growth Factors
Growth factors can be harvested from human cells in a laboratory. Growth factors are found in skin cells, bone marrow stem cells and fat stem cells. Growth factors can also be extracted from one’s own blood, or platelet-rich plasma. Growth factors in skincare that are taken from human sources are either bioengineered in a laboratory or culled from human cells. There are no human cells in growth factor skin care, merely the proteins they give off.
Technically, all cells produce growth factors. However, the composition of the growth factor blend they produce is likely to help cells similar to where they were harvested from. For example, fat stem cell growth factors are most likely to benefit the functioning of fat cells.
Non-Human Growth Factors
If the idea of using human-derived growth factors makes you squeamish, have no fear. There are also growth factors in non-human cells. Growth factors have been derived from barley seeds and—in the case of Biopelle—snail mucin. Growth factors in SCA Biorepair Technology, which is created with the secretions of the Cryptomphalus aspersa snail, help support fibroblasts which are responsible for the production of collagen and elastin and the organization and optimization of the extracellular matrix. Biopelle’s snail-derived growth factors are harvested in a non-harmful process.
How Do Growth Factors Benefit the Skin?
When you’re producing less growth factors naturally, using skin care with growth factor ingredients can support processes like cell turnover and the production of collagen and elastin. Growth factors in skin care can help even skin tone and decrease roughness, as well.
In a 90-day clinically proven study on SCA growth factors published in Cosmetic Dermatology, patients using growth factors saw a:
- 78% reduction in sallow appearance of skin
- 46% reduction in deep wrinkles
- 40% reduction in irregular pigmentation
In a dermatologist-monitored patient study using the growth factor product Tensage Intensive Serum 40, there was visible improvement to skin within 24 hours after using the serum post-skin peel treatment (Tribo-Boixareu, MJ et al. Clinical and Histological Efficacy of a Secretion of the Mollusk Cryptomphalus aspersa in the Treatment of Cutaneous Photoaging. Cosmetic Dermatology; 2009, 22(5); 247-252).
Dermatologist Ruth Tedaldi, MD, wrote in Modern Aesthetics magazine, “In our experience, use of Biopelle Tensage Intensive Serum 40 allows for more rapid recovery after fractional resurfacing procedures and reduces downtime. Continued use of Intensive Serum 40 is ideally suited to support the stimulation of these cells and their rejuvenating processes.
“Supporting the skin requires a very delicate balance, as excess inflammation, which can be induced with some topical skincare ingredients, is deleterious,” Tedaldi writes. “The balance we get from Biopelle Tensage Intensive Serum 40 seems to hit the mark in terms of stimulating cells while helping to reduce inflammation.”
As early as your 20s, sun exposure and free radical damage can lead to premature aging. In your 30s, cell regeneration and collagen and elastin production decrease.
You can introduce skin care with growth factors early on to promote healthy cell turnover. As signs of aging increase in the 40s and 50s, skin care with growth factors can promote more youthful-looking skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
SCA Biorepair Technology and Growth Factor Skin Care
Growth factors can come from a variety of sources to be effective in skin care products. The Biopelle Tensage Growth Factor skin care collection uses SCA Biorepair Technology. SCA stands for secretion of C. aspersa. It’s a growth factor that’s sourced from the Cryptomphalus aspersa snail, which contains many of the same glycoproteins, sugars and amino acids that are found in human skin.
By using skin care like Biopelle Tensage Growth Factor with SCA Biorepair Technology, you can apply SCA growth factors to your skin and help reverse the visible signs of aging. Biopelle Tensage Growth Factor is the only skin care line that uses SCA Biorepair Technology.
Some products that use SCA Biorepair Technology also contain antioxidants and hyaluronic acid and are clinically proven to:
- Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
- Improve skin tone
- Increase skin elasticity
- Rejuvenate skin to reveal a healthy glow and more youthful-looking skin
- Shorten healing time and optimize procedural outcomes
Biopelle’s Tensage Growth Factor collection uses powerful growth factors in various capacities to achieve clinically-proven skin care results. In addition to Tensage Intensive Serum 40 ($136), you might be interested in Tensage Growth Factor products like:
- Tensage Intensive Serum 50 ($195): Get fast, dramatic improvement in visible signs of moderate to severe aging with this serum that also contains peptides and skin firming and brightening agents.
- Tensage Daily Serum ($126): This concentrated, oil-free serum contains the highest level of growth factor benefits for daily use and helps protect, repair and maintain youthful-looking skin. This serum is also optimal for use after aesthetic procedures.
- Tensage Antioxidant Defense Serum ($125): This oil-free serum provides environmental defense against free radical damage and contains vitamin C, ferulic acid and Edafence, an anti-pollution botanical ingredient.
For advanced anti-aging benefits, use the Tensage Growth Factor collection with the Tensage Stem Cell collection to help combat intrinsic skin aging due to the natural decline of stem cell function with age and contains ingredients like retinol, peptides, antioxidants and soothing botanical extracts.
Ready to harness the clinically proven power of growth factors? Shop the Tensage Growth Factor collection.