It’s exciting news: science may soon be able to eliminate scarring and wrinkles! The possibility of eliminating scars and wrinkles in the skin is definitely something to take note of. What a time to be alive, right? Science is really making advancements in recent years and they’re continuing to find more and more powerful ways to improve health and beauty for all of us. Ok, ok we’re not going to keep you on the edge of your seat any longer. Let’s get into the recent discoveries!
Loss of Adipocytes
Here’s the deal, when we develop scars in our skin and begin to notice wrinkles forming it’s because our skin begins to lose a fat cell. As we age these fat cells begin to decrease in the skin, and there’s a significant amount of these fat cells lost when a scar is formed in the skin. This particular type of fat cell in the skin is called adipocytes. Essentially what we’re saying here is adipocytes are the fat cells that keep our skin looking youthful and smooth in appearance. So, why is the loss of adipocytes important?
Bone Morphogenetic Protein
As it turns out some researchers in the United States have discovered a molecule, that’s found in our hair follicles can actually change themselves into adipocytes. Science is pretty crazy, right? These molecules that have been found in hair follicles are called bone morphogenetic protein. So the fact that scientists have discovered a source that can create additional adipocyte fat cells is that powerful discovery that may soon be able to eliminate scarring and wrinkles in the skin.
Changing the Healing Process of Wounds
Professor George Cotsarelis is a scientist at the University of Pennsylvania and has been working with this particular finding quite a bit in his research. Now that scientists have discovered that there is a molecule in the body that’s able to change itself into a fat cell that the skin needs to stay youthful looking and eliminate scarring, they did a bit more work with it (naturally). Professor George Cotsarelis was able to find that using the molecules, bone morphogenetic proteins, in the skin he was able to change the healing process of wounds. In that adjustment to the healing process, it was discovered that the skin regenerates itself in a way that leaves it without a scar as the end result.
Future Prevention of Wrinkles
Pretty powerful, isn’t it? Now that they’ve discovered that change is able to be made with the use of bone morphogenetic proteins, we wouldn’t be surprised to see putting this information to use in the prevention (or elimination rather) to wrinkles developing in the skin. Since both scarring and wrinkles are caused by the loss of the same fat cells, the discovery of this molecule power is pretty game changing for the skin care industry as a whole.
What do you think of the possibility of wrinkles and scarring being eliminated in the future, potentially?