Anti-Aging & Cosmeceutical Corner
about these particular claims. Renowned plant biologist Professor
Liam Dolan of Oxford University observed that he does not see
how plant stem cells could react with human cells. According to
Dolan, the stem cells found in skin care products are plant-based
not human-based; humans cannot synthesize chlorophyll, so
plant stem cells offer no benefit to humans.
Living plant stem cells are not found in beauty products,
and even if they were, they would not have the capability to differentiate into specialized human skin cells, plaintiffs assert in
a proposed class action against PhytoCell Tec user G.M. Collin
Company. Evidence that plant stem cells in cosmetic products
translate to an improved appearance is tenuous at best, according to Tyler Holling M.D., Stamford Medical Center.
Almost all cosmetic products promoted for their stem cell
content actually contain stem cell extracts—not live stem cells.
Extracts from stem cells cannot act in the same way as live stem
cells. To gain all the true benefits from stem cells and to let them
work according to the label directions, they must be incorporated
as live cells and should remain so in the formulated cosmetics.
There are other issues as well. Plant stem cells are simply too
large to penetrate the skin and cannot live in the cream while it
stays on the shelf for months or even years according to Leslie
Baumann MD. According to another dermatologist, Richard
Hope MD, stem cells in topical skin care products are of no value
at this point. The stem cells are plant derived, dead and basically
have no activity in human skin.
It is clear at this stage in the game that cosmetics manufacturers
using plant stem cell ingredients are severely limited in what they
can safely claim without potentially drawing unwanted attention
from federal authorities and/or plaintiff’s lawsuits.1
According to a leading dermatologist, Leslie Baumann MD,
the stem cells will become part of fight against skin aging one
day, but until then, let us keep the human-based stem cells in the
lab and the stem cell skin care products off the shelves. 3
The University of Miami is a leader in this field, so it will continue to monitor the research conducted there, and the cosmetic
industry will be informed when stem cells are ready to promote
skin health and beauty. •
1. R. Nelson, Executive Summary, R. Sheet 6/15/17.
2. SOFW Journal 2008:134 ( 5): 30-5. Stem cells don’t work in topical
3. Leslie Baumann MD, Miami Herald 2/23/16
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