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What does a new anti-aging cream, aborted fetal material and outraged consumer groups have in common?
The cosmetic industry makes billions of dollars a year from an enormous range of anti-aging creams, all of which promise to turn back time. Some creams claim that one of the anti-aging secrets is found in the proteins that all of us have. These ‘magic’ proteins are called Human Growth Factors, and they encourage cells to grow better and repair themselves. When we get older, our bodies don’t produce the same amount of growth factors, and the ones that are produced are not nearly as powerful. What effect does this have on skin? Experts say that it can result in reduced elastin and collagen, as well as in more wrinkling and sagging.
Neocutis PSP, which stands for processed skin proteins, is a Swiss-based, top-selling skin care line, which is sold in many plastic surgeons’ and dermatologists’ offices. Its products claim to help turn back the process of aging by absorbing its patented mixture of human growth factors into the skin. The dermatologist Dr. Sarah Jeckson, claimed that the Neocutis has shown that their products do produce good clinical results. She added that under a microscope, Human Growth Factors have shown to grow collagen, to increase cellular activity, and improve the overall look of the skin.
However, the way that Neocutis gets its Human Growth Factors for its anti-aging line has caused a wave of controversy. Certain groups, such as Children of God for Life – a Nashville medical watchdog group, are outraged that such a product is sold in the U.S., because the original source of human tissue for the Neocutis line comes from an aborted fetus. Moreover, this group is trying to persuade congress to force Neocutis, as well as any other company that uses fetal tissue in its medications, vaccines or anti-aging moisturizers, to disclose the source of its tissue in its ingredient list, because according to them, consumers have a right to know what their products contain.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Aging Skin12 Aug 2010|