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AQ Skin Solutions

AQ Skin Solutions was developed by Dr Ahmed Al-Qahtani, Professor, scientist and immunologist, Dr. Al-Qahtani.

AQ Skin Solutions products are based on Growth Factors (GF) – cells that are found within our own body – to repair and renew ageing and damaged skin.

As we age, we lose collagen and elastin and our skin becomes thinner and lines and wrinkles are formed. Growth Factors are  essential to regulate cell renewal to keep skin healthy and hair strong. They help to increase the production of collagen and elastin and regular topical application has been shown to improve skin texture and slow the rate of visible ageing.

Thanks to Growth Factor technology (GF-technology), AQ Skin Solutions products help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, minimise sun damage and restore a healthy plumpness to tired, ageing skin.

The serums are also useful for acne patients. Some exceptional results have been obtained after 8 weeks of use.

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AQ Skin Solutions have also developed a selection of unique serums for the scalp, eyelashes and eyebrows to increase hair growth, strength and thickness without the inclusion of harsh chemicals or potential irritants.

The company has also introduced novel products for vaginal health for menopausal women. The serum which is inserted into the vagina aims to improve mucosal health and relieve menopause symptoms such as dryness and itching.

GF-technology refers to AQ’s advanced, cutting edge methods of producing human growth factors and utilising them in topical skin care products. Growth factors (GF) are found in many different cell types in the human body. They are a group of specialised proteins with many functions, the most important being the activation of cellular proliferation and differentiation.

Growth factors help regulate by turning ‘off’ and ‘on’ essential cellular activities. They play a role in increasing cell production, cell division, blood vessel production, and collagen and elastin production. In recent decades, scientific research into GF biological functions has shown that medical GF-technology is related to resolving many cell developmental diseases. But GF-technology has many other applications to human health and can also help people achieve a more youthful and vibrant looking skin and in obtaining healthy, fuller-looking hair without the side effects of hair-growth drugs.

 

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Growth Factors are vital to maintaining a youthful appearance. The skin and scalp contain multiple growth factors that regulate natural cellular renewal and damage repair processes to keep skin healthy and to maintain a normal hair growth cycle. These growth factors are responsible for helping to reverse the visible effects of chronological aging and premature aging due to environmental factors. The consequences of environmental exposure and the normal processes of aging lead to excessive free radical damage of skin and scalp cellular components, resulting in the breakdown of collagen and elastin networks in the dermis and producing the effect of visible facial aging. This same type of damage eventually impairs growth factor function, so they are less able to repair oxidative damage, and the damage becomes permanent.

Advances in GF-technology are providing help for reversing the signs of aging. Growth factors can now be produced in a laboratory for topical use. In multiple clinical studies, topically applied GF have been shown to reduce the signs of skin aging, including statistically significant reductions in fine lines and wrinkles and increases in dermal collagen synthesis. GF-technology is also being used successfully for encouraging healthy hair growth, reducing the appearance of scars, supporting the skin during post-procedure healing, and shortening the healing time of burn wounds.

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History & Efficiency

The science of growth factors as an anti-aging skin technology moved forward a great deal through the work of scientists Stanley Cohen and Rita Levi-Montalcini, who were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1986 for advancing understanding of the role of Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) in cell biology. Other researchers continued studying EGF, leading to current clinical applications of EGF for skin conditions and reversing the signs of aging. EGF is known to considerably increase skin cell regeneration, and studies have shown that it significantly aids in the healing of skin wounds.

Since the work of Cohen and Levi-Montalcini, scientific research has built a knowledge base of types and functions of other major GF, including TGF-b (Transforming Growth Factor), PDGF (Platelet Derived Growth Factor), GM-CSF (Granulocyte-Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor), and IL (Interleukins). Medical research has found that GF can speed and improve healing when applied to areas of the human body damaged in surgery, burns, wounds, or accidents. The mechanism behind the benefits is facilitation of changes at the cellular level to revert damaged cells to a younger state, healing the damaged skin in the process.

Some researchers wondered if the same GF-technology that was bringing such remarkable healing results to skin injuries could bring about cosmetic benefits as well. Scientists found that GF-technology had the potential to reverse the cell aging process, fade scars, improve healing, and renew the hair follicles on the scalp to help people with thinning hair. GF-technology is now being shown to improve the appearance of aging and sun-damaged skin and to help restore normal hair growth. Cosmetic patents of early GF-technology were first issued in 1994.

In 2001, two independent double-blind studies testing topical creams containing either natural or bio-engineered GF were presented to the Society of Investigative Dermatology. The results were surprising when applied to skin twice a day for four six weeks. Each study showed significant increases in production of collagen, hyaluronic acid, elastin, fibroblasts, and epidermal thickness.

Now, AQ has made another major advance in GF-technology by developing unique serums for the skin and scalp that contain the ideal types and combinations of GF to produce maximum anti-aging and hair restoration results.