What are Exosomes for Skin Rejuvenation?

Every so often, an exciting new skincare treatment comes down the pike in the world of aesthetics, and today it’s called Exosomes! The new frontier in skincare is exosomes which can be considered the high-tech equivalent of a smartphone in skincare science.

So, what exactly are exosomes, you ask? In general, exosomes are nanoparticles released by nearly all cells in the human body. In particular, (human) skin cells have unique exosomes that skin care experts are now harnessing for exciting new regenerative treatments. These exciting little skin building blocks contain various lipids, proteins, amino acids, peptides, growth factors, and genetic material.

Designed by nature, exosomes communicate and transmit signals between cells, and they act as messengers sending signals to unhealthy cells, triggering them to regenerate. In simpler terms, exosomes prompt the body’s natural healing process. When used with medically based skincare treatments, exosomes are sourced from human stem cells and kept frozen to stabilize them in storage until administered. Unlike actual stem cells, exosomes do not have a nucleus — they are mRNA, not DNA.

These exosomes are an expression of mRNA, similar to the science behind COVID vaccinations–without a stem cell nucleus, there is no possibility of an adverse graft-versus-host reaction.

Exosome therapy involves both the topical application of exosomes (in a form akin to a serum or gel) applied after such skin treatments as laser resurfacing and micro-needling, or when mixed with injectable dermal fillers to boost skin collagen production in combination with the volumizing benefits of the injectable.

Topically applied alone, exosomes cannot penetrate the skin. Successful administration requires disrupting the skin’s superficial layers to start cellular communication within the skin. Treatments such as laser resurfacing, micro-needling, or dermal injections make it possible for the exosomes to reach (skin) cells, thus triggering a regenerative process deep within the subdermal layer of the skin. To clarify, exosomes applied directly to the skin without disruptions will merely sit on the surface and yield no benefits. Therefore, exosomes are not used in OTC creams and serums; so far, they have been ineffective in this fashion. Scientists are working to discover effective ways to use exosomes in OTC products, but success has yet to be achieved thus far. Perhaps one day in the future this will be possible, but so far this is not the case.

How Do Exosomes Benefit the Skin?

As we age, our skin cells start to atrophy, and our bodies’ production of exosomes begins to wain too. This process is similar to how collagen production diminishes with age. As a result, aging brings about wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. Now exosome therapy, when properly administered, allows for the introduction of new exosomes to help wake up inactive (dormant) skin cells and older exosomes so that they can get back to work repairing, strengthening, and rejuvenating the skin, similar to younger skin.

New age exosomes are formulated to provide targeted therapy that increases collagen and elastin production, resulting in skin that becomes firmer, brighter, plumper, and smoothers.

Exosomes are a powerful treatment accelerator that can cut down the number of treatments needed — thus speeding up recovery times and boosting the efficacy of cosmetic procedures. For example, if you get Fraxel or RF Microneedling for acne scars, you may only need two to three rounds instead of five. 

Exosomes present a great new frontier in skin regeneration. A recent study published in Biomaterials Research highlighted the exciting findings that exosomes have anti-inflammatory properties to help diminish the symptoms of inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. More research continues to determine the best ways to use exosome therapy for wound recovery, burn treatments, surgical incisions, and more. Furthermore, exosomes are being considered for keloid treatments as well.

Learn More about Exosomes

AALC is a forerunner medical spa providing cutting-edge exosome treatments for skin rejuvenation and repair. To learn more about exosome therapies and how they could benefit you, call 301-975-2729 to schedule a consult.