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Science Wrap Up June 2022

29 June 2022

Ginni Mansberg

G’day skintellectuals. Well winter hit us with a bang. It has been freezing! Dana, Tess, Casey and Jade have been getting lots of enquiries about dry winter skin. Here at the ESK offices, I have been scouring through the latest medical journals to bring you this month’s science wrap and they’re quite a cracker!

Go to bed before 11pm for a young face

Are you a late-night owl? Might want to try to head to bed earlier when you read this. A Chinese study of just over 200 women in Shanghai was published in the latest edition of the Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology. They asked the women what time they usually went to bed and then analysed their skin. Those who went to bed after 11pm had less skin hydration, less skin firmness and elasticity, while trans epidermal water loss, sebum and wrinkles were significantly increased compared to those who went to bed before 11. I’m an early bird so this study was super interesting to me.

Hyaluronic Acid is anti-inflammatory, especially after sunburn

 A Japanese study, published in the Journal of Dermatological Science looked at the effects of low and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid on cells in a Petrie dish. These cells were exposed to UV radiation. In the Petrie dish, both low and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid (HA) had strong anti-inflammatory effects. “Skin care with HA-containing products after daily UV exposure can help to keep skin healthy,” the authors concluded. One more data point in the emerging evidence for Hyaluronic Acid.

Hair loss after SARS-CoV-2 infection (HLASCI)

Did your hair fall out after COVID? You’re not going crazy! It’s a thing! And it has a name - Hair loss after SARS-CoV-2 infection (HLASCI), according to the authors of a new meta-analysis of trials published from Japan In The Journal of Dermatology. The cause is actually a process called Telogen effluvium, which is a common cause of hair loss, especially after a severe infection. After COVID, the various studies found that between 6 and 29% of people get hair loss after COVID. As for what to do about it, we don’t have a lot of research to draw on. But 5% Minoxidil, which is an over the counter product may help. The authors said there’s not enough evidence to recommend vitamin D, biotin, or iron supplements, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory shampoos and lotions or even microneedles.

And that's all for this month ESKers!

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This is ESK's Spotless microneedle patches. They are pimple patches with needles made from hyaluronic acid. They are able to penetrate the top layer of the skin and administer the key ingredients directly into the problem area where a pimple is forming. Each acne patch contains key evidence ingredients such as Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide, Green Tea and Resveratrol.

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Each pack contains 8 patches. Each patch is single use.