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Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)
A growth factor is a naturally occurring substance capable of stimulating cellular
growth, proliferation, healing, and cellular differentiation.
In 1986, Stanley Cohen received the Nobel Prize for his work elucidating the role of
the Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) in the regulation of cell growth and development.
This small protein (only 53 amino acids were found to enhance epidermal growth and
keratinization. Work by Cohen and his collaborators demonstrated that EGF directly
stimulated the proliferation of epidermal cells.
Of key importance is the shape of the growth factor, it is its shape that allows it to lock
into a receptor on the surface of the cell and cause the cell to grow and divide EGF is not only correct in structure but also in shape, ensuring that the growth
factor to receptor connection is true and the cell growth signals are received.
Cell growth and division is required for the body to produce healthy skin. Natural
EGF production declines with age. Supplementation has been shown to speed up
the creation of new skin cells improving the results of many procedures. Skin Actives
EGF has been shown to be effective after many procedures including peels, tattoo
application and removal, exfoliation, and needling.