Peptides are chains of amino acids that are attached in a specific order. They are small protein precursor molecules made up of amino acids that act on the skin as signal molecules that stimulates cell growth, healing and proliferation. Amino acids are naturally occurring in the body and are vital to everyday cellular processes. Peptides can be made up of 2 or more amino acids that can stimulate different biological responses within the body. As a result, peptides serve as tiny messengers within the body that can help upregulate the production of cells as peptides are the building blocks for elastin and keratin, which form part of the skin matrix which is essential for reducing the appearance of wrinkles as the skin ages.
Collagen peptides account for 75-80% of the dermis space. Peptides are able to interact directly with the skin through several different mechanisms, including regulation of inflammation pathways and the oxidation and degradation of existing proteins.
Peptides have been popular in the beauty industry for over twenty years due to their excellent multi-functional properties. Their "Botox-like" method of action, activation of collagen and elastin production, and skin lightening effect make them very efficient against deep wrinkles and hyperpigmentation of the skin.
Clinical Trial Results
This double-blind clinical study compared 30 patients using a 2% topical licorice gel preparation and 30 patients suing a placebo over a two-week period. The results showed the licorice extract could be considered as an effective agent for the treatment of atopic dermatitis.
-Inhibits tyroisinase, the enzyme responsible for producing pigmentation following UV exposure
- Contains liquiritin, a compound that helps reverse melanin discoloration in the skin
- Acts as an anti-inflammatory
agent that can reduce redness, irritation and swelling
- Effective in the treatment of atopic dermatitis, eczema and acne
- Acts as an antioxidant
to protect the skin from oxidative damage
- May help reduce and regulate oil production
Adding Oat to Your Routine
If you are struggling with ?, or simply want skin to look a little brighter and more even toned, licorice is a great ingredient to incorporate into your routine. It's also a natural alternative to chemical brighteners and is really gentle on inflamed skin. You can find oat kernal extract in our Postbiotic Ceramide Oil Cleanser, Postbiotic Ceramide Gentle Cleanser, Postbiotic Ceramide Essence Toner, Postbiotic Ceramide Active Serum and Postbiotic Ceramide Active Moisturiser
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Cosmeceuticals for hyperpigmentation: What is Available? Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, 2013
The treatment of atopic dermatitis with licorice gel. The Journal of Dermatological Treatment,