What exosomes can do for the skin 

Published December 4, 2022, 9:27 AM

by Dr. Kaycee Reyes

Ever heard of exosomes? Exosomes are small particles found in cells that carry important information as they contain different particles, such as cytokines, growth factors, lipids and proteins. They are like a messenger that delivers information from one cell to another, instructing the cells to act or function a certain way. Exosomes have been researched for their positive effects against autoimmune diseases and other illnesses. But why are they important in skincare too?

Exosomes have been found to be beneficial for the body as they are said to be anti-inflammatory. Recent research looks promising for exosomes, which have been found to help in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, degenerative disease, joint problems, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, and more. Exosome therapy’s benefits include lowering inflammation, encouraging tissue repair, and improving immunity. This is because whenever an exosome enters a cell, it can encourage cell healing and regeneration. But did you know that exosomes have a beneficial effect on the skin too? 

Lasers, creams, ointments—these are common treatments for skin problems. Exosomes also play an important part in the skin. It is said that exosomes can help improve skin conditions by hastening skin healing, stimulating collagen production and cellular turnover, minimizing scar formation, improving skin dullness, and helping in overall skin regeneration and rejuvenation. Some may see results sooner, while others may take a while to see the benefits as the body repairs and restores itself. The result is skin that is fresher, more rejuvenated.

Exosomes are derived from stem cells. Stem cells come from different areas of the body, such as the bone marrow, adipose tissue, umbilical cord, etc., which can regenerate themselves. Exosomes are extracted using different techniques like ultrafiltration and precipitation. Their use is safe whether administered topically or intravenously. An exosome treatment may be administered via microneedling, in which small holes on the skin are created so that the exosomes can be absorbed by the skin. It can also be administered via lasers, or sometimes via injection or intravenous drip. Remember, however, that there are risks in exosome treatments as well, such as possible contaminations and poor extraction practices. This is why it is important to go to a reputable clinic for this type of treatment. There are no known side effects and you can proceed with your usual activities right away. To reap the most benefits, you may do an exosome treatment regularly or with your physician’s recommendation, according to your skin’s needs.