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Epidermal Growth Factor for Skin Regeneration

By: Rhonda Allison
Posted: November 29, 2010, from the December 2010 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Research has also shown the potent regeneration powers of EGF to enhance the effects of peel therapy treatments and microdermabrasion. Because the protein works in synchronicity with the natural renewal process, it helps rebuild the skin from a healthy, well-nourished foundation, following any acid, enzyme or microdermabrasion treatment.

Beyond age reversal, EGF also supports acneic skin. When skin lesions are treated for bacteria with various active topicals, including benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, salicylic acid, retinol or resorcinol, the skin is broken down. Growth factor rebuilds and heals the skin—an essential step in any skin care regimen.

Preparations and benefits

Growth factor formulas first hit the market in the early 1990s and today, EGF is a more prevalent ingredient regarded for its powerful regenerating properties. It’s not just the levels of growth factor that matter, it’s also the science that goes into the blending of other ingredients to magnify its effects and ensure the preparations meet the needs of specific skin types.

EGF can be used for a variety of in-spa and at-home treatments. Consider recommending it to clients after peels, alpha hydroxy acid services or microdermabrasion treatments because it will help rebuild the skin and provide nourishment. For clients who have experienced injectable-filler procedures, EGF’s potent regenerating properties will boost the age-reversal effects of the procedure by stimulating the cells to produce collagen. If a client’s skin becomes irritated during a treatment, EGF helps instantly calm and soothe the skin, and for clients with oily or acneic skin, a growth-factor gel can work as a daily moisturizer and protector because it absorbs quickly and helps heal lesions. Also, clients with aged or photodamaged skin can use EGF to help regenerate the skin and increase the effects of age-reversing spa treatments.

Discuss the benefits

By pinpointing exactly what your clients’ needs are, you can recommend a specific EGF formula for them. Educate them on how EGF works, discuss its benefits and integrate it into a total system to maintain proper skin health for each client.

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