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Here we present a new scar cream that helps to improve the appearance of scars, and the skin, by nourishing the skin cells and by exfoliation with enzymes that loosen the “glue” that holds the dead and scarring together in the upper most layer of the skin.
The enzymes are one of the biological components of a serum secreted by the immune cells of a snail of the species Helix Aspersa. This serum has received the attention of scientists of some of the most prestigious academic and dermatology services in the world.
Scientific breakdown of the immune serum has discovered it is a powerful antioxidant substance also packed with enzymes, proteins, peptides, co-enzymes, trace elements (Copper, Zinc, Iron & Calcium) and complex sulfated acidic glyco (sugar) molecules that scientists classify as: glycoproteins, glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and proteoglycans. Some of the latter enhance intercellular and intracellular communication, and that may explain why cells nourished with the serum seem to do their job better or more "effectively" and as if they where correcting their abnormalities and wrongdoings.
Skin cells naturally receive nourishment through blood vessels located in the skin. Sometimes the body loses adequate blood flow or proper nutrition due to disease or aging, reducing its ability to nourish the skin and putting it at greater risk for skin breakdown, tearing and abnormalities. It is important for malnourished skin to receive bioavailable nutrition topically (placed on the skin) to replace or compensate for lost nourishment.
Through the use of nourishing topical agents, such as our BIOCUTIS serum, the skin can be treated and restored to full function, enabling the skin to be the very effective barrier it is meant to be. A healthy epidermis is flexible yet strong, able to fight off invading organisms and is able to recover and heal after inflammatory and mechanical insults.
Please be aware that we collect the serum directly from snails while they secrete it copiously and without inflicting any damage to them. And we do not in any way alter or modify or isolate from it any of its components. We do embed the serum in tiny fat vessels made with substances similar to those of the membranes of the cells to facilitate the absorption by the skin cells in the inner layers of the epidermis.
There they nourish your cells and the result is a beautiful, healthier looking skin.
If you do not start noticing visible signs of improvement within 30 to 60 days depending on your condition, and you have to be the judge, let us know and we will refund your financial investment.
Our products are not intended to heal diseases of the skin that may compromise your health and biological integrity. They help to beautify the skin, and this is the only claim we will ever make in all the marketing of our products. If you think you might have a disease please consult with a qualified dermatologist or with your family Doctor.
The serum that we include in our products has been the object of much research by some reputed scientists and dermatologists, as you can read further below. And their research has been published at the website of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. BUT this is no proof that the products made with it will positively affect the skin, and we do NOT claim that it helps to improve any disease.
One thing is scientific evidence of the molecular mechanisms that interact with other molecules and change the biochemistry of the skin, and support the immune system of the skin, and another very different is evidence of medical performance, and we do not even suggest that there is medical evidence that the serum or our products heal or remedy diseases of the skin.
Our products are NOT intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease and/or are not intended to affect the structure or any function of the human body. If we did formulate those claims it would render our products to be drugs under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of the United States of America. The marketing of our products with claims evidencing these intended uses would violate the Act and no such claims are approved by Andes Natural Skin Care, LLC.
Now, please take this legal disclaimer seriously, and the statements we have just articulated, as they are also the truth about our products, given the current scientific evidence.
Our natural skin care products have been formulated to beautify the skin of people of all ages, colors and skin conditions.
In a nutshell, they are:
• Based on a naturally occurring serum or secretion produced by the innate immune cells of a little land snail
• The land snail uses it to regenerate its own skin when damaged by cuts, abrasions, solar radiation, accidents and when bitten by birds.
• The skin of these land snails is very similar in its structures and molecules to those that make up human skin.
• The serum is a powerful antioxidant as it has been compared favorably to other benchmark antioxidants by scientists.
• The antioxidants protect the snail's skin tissues when it comes out of its shell after resting, hibernating and estivating.
• The serum keeps the skin of the snail moist and protects it from pathogens as it contains antimicrobial peptides that work for the snail's skin.
• Some of the complex molecules the serum contains are glycomolecules which play a role in enhancing the communication between cell organs and among cells and probably of those that are part of the innate immune system and reside among the other cells of the skin.
• Scientists are surprised at what the serum accomplishes and peer reviewed research postulates that further study should be undertaken to use it in the "regeneration of wounded tissue".
The serum contains: a) enzymes, b) molecules that in the laboratory act in a way similar to “growth factors” that help to regenerate the skin of snails, and c) other complex glycomolecules that help the innate immune system of the snail to orchestrate an orderly process of skin remodeling after an injury or wound has healed.
Glyco implies "sweet" and refers to monosaccharides, or sugars. The role of carbohydrates (sugars) in energy production has been long recognized. Their added, vital role in keeping the healthy framework and function of the body is a fairly brand-new discovery that is the subject of a new bourgeoning field of science called the "sweet science of glycobiology" (1988).
The creation of this word (and the word Glycomics) only in very recent years is a pointer to what might be a new suffix, -omics. The suffix has already appeared in genomics, the study of the genetic make-up of organisms, and proteomics, the study of the way proteins work inside cells, plus several compounds such as toxicogenomics. This new term refers to the study of sugars within organisms.
Why Glycobiology Matters?
The glycome is the set of sugars an organism or cell makes. What is gradually becoming clear to biochemists is that these sugars play as essential a function in making the cell work as do the proteins. They form giant molecules such as carbohydrates and cellulose; they are currently understood to regulate hormones, arrange embryonic development, direct the movement of cells and proteins throughout the body, and support the immune system.
The serum secreted by snails is far more complicated than the glyco molecules a pharmacologist can easily develop in a lab and plays a role in supporting the innate immune system of the snail. We could not say it does the exact same for human skin, as this is still being the object of research, rather we invite you to give our products a try and contrast the results you get with the results you get from other brands.
When our product BIOSKINREPAIR, that includes the serum, is applied to skin affected by scars, including hypertrophic scars, keloid scars, and atrophic scars (stretch marks and sunken acne scars due to loss of tissues) your skin will look much healthier and beautiful.
Our scar cream has to be applied directly to the affected area twice a day. This routine application favors the mechanics of regeneration of the skin, helping to unlock the potential of the normal cycle of skin turnover, that in humans lasts about 28 days when we are young, and a little more as we age. The scar cream nourishes the skin cells and they take care of creating new healthy looking tissues, without more scars.
Two research studies have been undertaken on this natural secretion/serum in a quest to pinpoint the exact mechanisms that contribute to a beautiful, healthier looking skin. You don’t have to take our word on this subject and are welcome to review the actual studies via the links below.
Available in its entirety at the website of the Journal of Skin Pharmacology and Physiology Copyright © 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel.
This first research study is penned by scientists of the Dermatology Services department of The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York. This highly respected service published the study in English in 2008 confirming studies from previous years in Spanish Dermatology Journals revealing the serums properties.
In April 2012 The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center publishes their second study on the subject concluding "secretion of the mollusc Cryptomphalus aspersa promotes proliferation, migration and survival of keratinocytes and dermal fibroblasts in vitro".
For Your Information:
When the skin is damaged it produces growth factors (cytokines), inhibitors of tumors and proteins
Following skin injury or wounding, growth factors and cytokines are produced to stimulate the regeneration of tissues and to induce the creation of antimicrobial peptides. The growth factor response ceases after regeneration of the tissue, when the physical barrier protecting against microbial infections is re-established.
Cytokines and growth factors are protein or glycoprotein molecules that signal cells to function correctly. Some are high-molecular-weight peptides, and are the regulatory biological (chemical) signals involved in the regulation of cell growth and function.
Their function is to trigger cells to divide or multiply, and to produce antimicrobial peptides and the matrix connective tissue proteins, like collagen and elastin.
The TGF-b family (transforming growth factor-beta) is considered to be the most important growth factor group in skin because the majority of skin cells recognize their signals. TGF-b is a potent stimulator of collagen production, promotes the synthesis of extracellular matrix proteins, and inhibits matrix degradation (thinning of your skin). Other essential skin growth factors include PDGF (Platelet-derived growth factor) and GM-CSF (Granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor), which can also stimulate extracellular matrix production, reduce inflammation, and promote the formation of new blood vessels.
Copyright © 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd All rights reserved.
Current Biology, Volume 11, Issue 13, R531-R534, 10 July 2001
The Skin's Wound Healing Process
Skin wounds healing is a vital process involving proliferation of cellular elements with accompanying synthesis of extracellular matrix that results in replacement of an open skin wound with tissue. With the completion of the dynamic process of wound healing, a scar remains in place of the wound. Although scar differs from normal uninjured skin, a normal scar returns functionality to the skin. However, that scar restores tensile strength to only approximately 80% of normal uninjured skin and stands out in appearance from the normal surrounding skin.
The process of wound healing, however, can go awry. The wounds of some people undergo aberrant healing, resulting in the formation of abnormal scars known as keloid or hypertrophic scars.
After a wound has occurred the fibroblast cells in the basal layer of the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) begin multiplying to repair the damage and regenerate the skin. Dermal fibroblast cells are the "construction workers" of skin, that function to produce not only new collagen and elastin connective tissues, but also water holding molecules to maintain both your skin’s structure and its elasticity.
The fibroblasts form a framework upon which the skin cells can migrate into and fill in the wound. It is the balance between the rate of replication of fibroblasts versus skin cells that is important here. If the fibroblasts replicate too quickly, they can form a dense network that is not as easily penetrated by the skin cells and that results in a large scar. If the skin cells keep up with the fibroblasts, then little scar tissue is formed and the skin has a more normal appearance after the wound has healed.
The process can also result in atrophic scars with loss of tissues. Decline or scarcity in the number of fibroblast cells results in less collagen production, decreased concentration levels of growth factors, and thinner and fragile skin (this is what happens in stretch marks).
Scars and the Skin Repair Process
Scar removal or reduction of scars, lesions, and stretch marks from the skin depends on a process called "skin remodeling".
The skin is designed to heal wounds quickly to prevent blood loss and infection. Scars are manufactured from a rapidly formed "collagen glue" that the body deposits into an injured area for protection and strength. In ideal skin healing, wounded skin is rapidly closed, and then the healed area is slowly reconstructed to remove the residual collagen scars and blend the skin area into nearby skin.
Scar collagen is removed and replaced with a mixture of skin cells and invisible collagen fibers. This remodeling may continue in a skin area for ten years.
In children the remodeling rate is high and scars are usually rapidly removed from injured skin areas. But as we reach adulthood, this rate diminishes and small scars may remain for years.
One way to accelerate remodeling is to induce a small amount of controlled skin damage with a needle, laser, acid, or other means, and then let the body repair processes rebuild the skin area.
A second method is to use enzymes, as they are in the immune serum that powers our BIOSKINREPAIR CREAM.
Enzymes dissolve or "digest" damaged and dying cells and free the essential amino acids in them, and this increases the probability that they will be used by the fibroblasts in the rebuilding process.
Fibroblasts are the cells in the basal membrane of the skin and they are the precursors of all the structural elements of healthy skin, including those that provide tensile strength and elasticity to skin.
For years, scientists and researchers have been attempting to synthesize alternatives to human growth factors to stimulate the skin’s natural healing abilities and although now many companies claim that their products act as growth factors and activate the stem cells of the skin (and sell skin rejuvenation products), not one has the validation of of the FDA to market their products as drugs.