SkinCeuticals Announces a Breakthrough in Pollution Protection


SkinCeuticals, the antioxidant authority and leader in scientifically-backed cosmeceutical treatments, announces initial findings from a multi-year clinical research initiative that, for the first time, quantifies the damaging effects of pollution on skin and the protective capacity of the brand's topical antioxidants. Results of this study were presented at the 2014 American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Annual Meeting in Denver.

Pollution has become a widespread and global epidemic. The World Health Organization considers air pollution to be a carcinogen and has recently published a report revealing that pollution claimed a staggering seven million lives worldwide in 2012. Several epidemiological studies across the globe have revealed that pollution causes a wide range of damage, ranging from decreased life expectancy to deadly diseases and visible, premature aging. The potential for skin damage rapidly accelerates as pollution levels surge and interact with other environmental aggressors like UV radiation, creating an even more noxious byproduct: ground level ozone.

Although the health effects of pollution have been extensively studied, research on its effect on skin is at its infancy. In partnership with Professor Giuseppe Valacchi from the University of Ferrara, Italy, a leading researcher in the study of ozone, SkinCeuticals has embarked on an extensive and ongoing research initiative to prove that SkinCeuticals antioxidants protect from pollution-induced damage.

"Ozone is one of the most toxic and constant forms of pollution," shares Prof. Valacchi. "Ozone and UV together depletes skin's protective antioxidants three times more than ozone alone. Our latest research proves that ozone pollution accelerates the natural aging process by creating free radicals, which impair healthy skin cell function, and activating NF-kB, an inflammatory pathway associated with several skin pathologies. The impact of ozone-induced damage is significantly prevented with these antioxidants."

This groundbreaking new study proves that CE Ferulic's combination of vitamins C, E, and ferulic acid, and Phloretin CF's combination of phloretin, vitamin C, and ferulic acid significantly prevent ozone-induced oxidative damage. When pre-treated with antioxidants CE Ferulic, ozone-induced lipid peroxidation is reduced by 51 percent and protein oxidation is reduced by 77 percent. Antioxidants Phloretin CF reduce lipid peroxidation by 23 percent and protein oxidation by 22 percent.

Both antioxidant combinations--CE Ferulic and Phloretin CF--significantly prevent activation of NF-kB, an inflammatory pathway triggered by exposure to ozone.

"We are at the forefront of uncovering the mechanism of pollution and skin," says Marc Toulemonde, SkinCeuticals Global General Manager. "Harmful levels of ozone pollution will never decrease. Preventing its damage is crucial to our mission of improving skin health. For the first time, we can quantify our antioxidant protection against ozone-induced damage. CE Ferulic and Phloretin CF have been proven to neutralize UV- and Infrared-induced free radicals to prevent skin damage and premature aging. With pollution, we have taken on the next chapter of environmental damage, with significant and promising results."

Since its inception, SkinCeuticals has made its mission to go beyond restoring the appearance of youthful skin; instead, they strive to prevent serious and harmful skin conditions, maintain skin health, and educate on best practices for comprehensive protection. SkinCeuticals scientists and product developers work diligently to formulate efficacious products, backed by science and extensive research, that fulfill the core goals of their philosophy: "Prevent, Protect, Correct."

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