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What Is Elastin?

  • Elastin is the protein in the extracellular matrix surrounding the skin, organs and connecttive tissues that gives these materials their strength and elasticity – it is the "rubber band" that causes our skin and other organs to maintain their shape and "snap back" if they are stretched.

  • Elastin is produced almost entirely during development and early childhood – little or no elastin is made by adult tissues.

  • Elastin is a major protein component of arteries and veins – About 30-50% of the aorta, 50% of elastic ligaments, and 2-5% of the skin are made of elastin.

  • Elastin deficiencies cause certain diseases – elastin loss in major blood vessels leads to atherosclerosis and elastin loss in the lung leads to emphysema.

  • Elastin is extremely durable in skin – it has a half-life of about 70 years, but is only slowly replenished.

  • The skin gradually loses its elastin content over time, with about 10% of the elastin content of the skin lost over a lifetime.

  • Elastin loss leads to decreases in the flexibility, strength and healing ability of skin; eventually thin, sagging and easily injured and bruised skin results. Elastin loss also leads to a reduction in the vitality of hair follicles in the scalp.

  • Tropoelastin is the water soluble precursor to elastin. Tropoelastin is the form of elastin made by the cells in the body. This elastin precursor is then exported outside the cells and becomes incorporated into the extracellular matrix as elastin.

  • Elastin promotes wound healing and tissue regeneration; it has been used as a coating on collagen patches for injuries, tissue augmentation, as part of a gel or scaffold in wounds, and elastin helps recruit the cells that regrow new flesh to the site of a wound.

  • Keracyte contains Elastatropin, a form of the human elastin precursor tropoelastin. It is made by inserting the gene for human elastin into plants and microorganisms. The human elastin is recovered from the cultures, purified and formulated into a skin care product.

  • Elastatropin is much more available to the skin and active on the skin’s surface and scalp than traditional forms of elastin, which is usually derived from animal sources.

  • Laboratory studies have shown that some forms of human elastin (including the elastin in Keracyte) can penetrate into the surface of the skin, and become incorporated into the extracellular matrix surrounding the skin cells.

  • Keracyte-b contains about 50 ug per ounce of human tropoelastin. This is a sufficient amount to replenish the elastin lost from the scalp in about one month.

  • The addition of an active form of elastin to the skin’s surface has the potential to reduce the requirement for drugs or cosmetic surgery procedures, making it a highly cost effective and safe alternative.

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