After the FDA announced that the side-effects of using BOTOX® were harmful and potentially deadly, another skin care product began “flying off the shelves.” This product, Dermaxin, is a topical collagen-booster and wrinkle-relaxant, which allegedly is a safe and effective way to remove wrinkles quickly. It is made by Demestetics Cosmeceuticals, who have seen their sales rise recently.
A “cosmeceutical” is a cosmetic product, often used by cosmetic companies in advertising. The cosmetic industry claims that their anti-aging creams, moisturizers, and other products, have powerful drug-like qualities that are much better than their drug equivalents, in this case, Botox. While testimonials claim these products work, the FDA has stated in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, that they do not recognize any category known as a cosmeceutical, and that that word has “no meaning under the law.” Be that as it may, the botulinum scare, as well as the risk of damaged nerves or death, has pushed the public to finding new ways to get rid of unwanted wrinkles.
- Collagen (Syn-Coll) – A synthetic collagen, which helps replenish the collagen levels in skin. As we age, collagen levels decrease and as it goes, so goes our youthful appearance.
- Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate) – There are many cosmetic surgeons that use products containing hyaluronic acid. This is used to hydrate, plump up and moisturize the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It contains a high water-to-weight ratio.
- Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (Matrixyl 3000) – Peptides which stimulate the growth of connective tissue and collagen production. It is reported to be less irritating than some other products.
- Retinyl Palmitate (Retinol) – An antioxidant, which may, or may not, increase collagen, skin thickness, elasticity, and DNA. (We have no idea what they mean by increasing DNA.)
- Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argirline – Relaxes facial tension, which in turn decreases wrinkles.
Clinical results have apparently shown improvement in four weeks. However, after the first ten minutes, “your skin will become firmer by 40%.”
Remember folks, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You might as well stick with Oil of Olay if you’re looking for an anti-aging moisturizer.
Yes, there are risks with Botox. After all, you’re injecting a toxin into your skin. Recent scientific evidence points out that BOTOX® may travel to the brain stem, too. But these are the risks people are willing to take in an effort to put a halt to aging naturally. If BOTOX® isn’t your cup of tea, there are other injectable fillers that your cosmetic surgeon would be happy to discuss with you.
If you are interested in Botox, injectable fillers, or other procedures, please contact an experienced cosmetic surgeon in your area.