Archive for April, 2010

Electric Stimulation

April 28, 2010

Today I quote and/or paraphrase from a recent article by Leslie Baumann, M.D. in Skin & Allergy News, March 2010, p. 23 entitled “Electric Stimulation”.    After a brief discussion of the benefits of increasing collagen and elastin to decrease the effects of aging, Dr. Baumann eventually gets around to electric stimulation to stimulate wound healing (aka aging skin).

“I am intrigued with the idea of an electromimetic current being used to stimulate fibroblasts.  The notion of harnessing the natural electric currents of skin cells to increase collagen and elastin production is fascinating for several reasons, not the least of which is elimination of the issue of penetration of active ingredients.  A charge generated on the cells in the top layer will likely propagate to neighboring cells.  An enhancement of cell-to-cell communication would seem likely to extend to the lower layers, allowing the cells deeper in the dermins to ‘get the message'”.

She’s talking about microcurrent, as well as ingredients such as zinc and copper that harness electrical currents to stimulate fibroblasts into synthesizing collagen and elastin.   For those of us who see the results of microcurrent stimulation for anti-aging, this is old news.  And yet it’s gratifying that a dermatologist gets it and is curious.