Growth factors are proteins that occur in many different organisms like plants, insects, and animals including humans. They play a huge role in regulating cellular growth, proliferation, and differentiation.
Growth factors were first discovered in the 1950s and the scientists who led the research were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1986. Growth factors’ application in skin care products along with its pharmaceutical and dermatological researches have been expanding ever since.
Growth Factors consist of many subfamilies including epidermal growth factor, fibroblast growth factor, insulin-like growth factor, erythropoietin, hematopoietic, just to name a few.
How do they help the skin?
As one of the natural substances found in human skin cells, this group of proteins repairs damaged cells and when present in the skin it stimulates collagen and elastin production to maintain healthy and youthful skin.
EGF - Epidermal Growth Factor
EGF helps stimulating cell growth in tissues throughout the human body. Binding with the receptor EGFR, this protein increases the cell count and skin turnover while boosting the production of collagen and elastin resulting in reduced wrinkles and rejuvenated and improved skin texture.
FGF - Fibroblast Growth Factors
With a total of 22 family members, FGF stimulates the proliferation of fibroblasts, healing wounds, embryonic development, and angiogenesis. It also promotes the blood vessels development and collagen synthesis of the dermis.
IGF - Insulin-like Growth Factor
IGF(a.k.a. somatomedin) majorly functions as cell growth and multiplication booster. The name originates from its another ability to decrease glucose levels in the blood. IGF is synthesized tissues and in the liver and increases the cell size and number of tissues and bones.
Lab For You’s Multi-Ex Repair Cream contains 9 Growth Factors including EGF, FGF, and IGF in addition to other natural and beneficial ingredients to give your skin the extra boost it needs to repair and restore.