What are Beta-Glucans?
There are many different and exotic ingredients used in the skincare products available today. The products which are in the highest demand are those which come from nature. Using these forms of ingredients can provide our bodies and more specifically our skin, the quickest and healthiest results.
One such ingredient that has been studied for decades are beta-glucans. Beta-glucans are sugars that are found in the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, algae, lichens, and plants, such as oats and barley. They have both a medicinal purpose as well as an anti-aging effect on our bodies.
Looking at the medicinal reasons for consuming beta-glucans, the list is extensive in that they are used for fighting colds, flu, allergies asthma, ear infections, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. Beta-glucans are powerful in boosting the strength of the body’s immune system especially in those who have been weakened by conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, or physical and emotional stress, or by treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy.
These medicinal reasons also transfer well to improving the look of our skin. Beta-glucans are applied to the skin for dermatitis, eczema, wrinkles, bedsores, wounds, burns, diabetic ulcers, and radiation burns.
What Effects Do Beta Glucans Have on Skin?
Beta-glucans stimulates macrophage activity, activated macrophages are simply defined as cells that secreted inflammatory mediators and eliminate intracellular pathogens. This plays a crucial role in the skin by scavenging scar tissue and debris, removing bacteria, stimulating immune repair and providing a wealth of growth factors that feed, renew and remodel the skin.
By stimulating the macrophage activity to clean-up scar tissue at the dermal-epidermal junction of our skin. The clean-up starts the repair process for our skin to remodel itself by clearing up the pathways of communication between the epidermis and dermis levels of our skin.
Beta-glucans when used in a skincare manner, deliver similar results to the cells of our skin as they do to the rest of our body when ingested through food or supplements. Listed are some of the functions of beta-glucans:
- Supports the healing process of our skin.
- Improves, strengthens and supports the immune function of the skin.
- It can be used to treat burns and wounds.
What Skin Type is Benefited Most from Beta Glucans?
Skin that is prone to acne benefits greatly from beta-glucan because of the macrophage activity. This stimulation helps to support the healing of pimples and works to decrease any scarring from breakouts by improving the skin’s immunity.
When it comes to aging skin, the skin benefits continue as the macrophage activity helps in the removal of scar tissue from aging, promotes remodelling of the skin and makes room for new well-formed skin cells.
Skin dealing with hyperpigmented benefits also from the removal of scar tissue. The improved cellular cross-talk between the epidermis and dermis improves melanocytes (and general cell) function.
Rosacea skin conditions benefit greatly as it allows for easier communication between the epidermis and the dermis resulting in improved skin function while reducing redness in the skin because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
Best Skincare Product for Beta Glucan
The Skindulgence BioCell Mask contains a patented form of beta-glucan specifically designed to improve the look of and feel of your skin. The beta-glucans contained in the BioCell Mask have been tested and proven for delivering a noticeable reduction in scar tissue visibility as well as boosting the immunity of the skin. In addition to beta-glucans, the Skindulgence BioCell Mask also contains Arbutin, Coenzyme Q10 and Portulaca for enhanced skin rejuvenation, brightening and a more youthful look.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.