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Do Glycan Creams Provide A Therapy For Aging Skin?

August 18, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
The level of glycans – sugars like glucose found on the surface of cells – tends to drop as a person ages. When that happens to skin cells, according to one researcher, they do not recognize or communicate with one another as vigorously as in youth. The result, at least theoretically, is that aging skin doesn't heal as well or make collagen as readily as it once did. A possible solution? Glycan creams. Though the research is still in its infancy, and there are more proven treatments out there such as retinoids, glycans might hold the secret not just to aging of the skin, but to preventing and treating cancer and infections as well as skin conditions.
Zoe Draelos, "New glycan creams, micronutrient creams hold promise for reducing signs of aging skin ", News release, American Academy of Dermatology, August 18, 2014, © American Academy of Dermatology
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