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SkinCeuticals Unveils Novel Antioxidant Research

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At the 23rd World Congress of Dermatology, held June 8-13, 2015,  in Vancouver, British Columbia, SkinCeuticals unveiled new research on combining topical antioxidants with laser therapies, antioxidant protection from pollution and boosting the body's defense with resveratrol.

The research was presented as part of the company's symposium "New Frontiers in Antioxidant Research, Advancing the Science Across the Environmental and Aging Spectrum to Maximize Clinical Outcomes." The symposium was led by speakers Zoe Draelos, M.D.; Jean Krutmann, M.D., Patricia Farris, M.D.; and Jill Waibel, M.D.

Waibel showed that fractional resurfacing can be looked at not only as a treatment, but simultaneously as a delivery tool for actives. Further research showed that  laser treatments allow a treatment of vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid to penetrate further into the skin and therefore work more effectively, while the antioxidant reduces patient downtime post-treatment by up to two days.

Further research around pollution's damaging effects on skin was presented, including the implications of antioxidant use in preventing the free radical damage resulting from exposure to both ozone and particulate matter pollution, as well as infrared rays. Krutmann's work on pollution and skin has been called "the next sun" in terms of efforts to raise consumer awareness. New research shows that pre-treating skin with vitamin C antioxidants provides significant protection against free radicals resulting from exposure to pollution, IRA, and the associated aging effects of both, particularly in the forehead, cheek, and nasolabial folds. These presentations were supplemented by a review of the current state of topical antioxidants, focused on both Vitamin C- and resveratrol-based formulations.

Farris shared findings that demonstrate resveratrol not only works as an antioxidant on its own, it boosts activity in the body's intrinsic antioxidant defenses as well. Further research, on a combination of resveratrol, baicalin and vitamin E, showed that it improved skin density by almost 19%, and resulted in statistically significant improvements in skin smoothness, firmness, elasticity and radiance.

Additional research presented showed that skin treated with the combination of vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid dramatically improved in the appearance of skin smoothness, skin firmness, fine lines and skin texture after 24 weeks of use.

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