Robert’s Insights: Function and Benefits of Peptides

August 17, 2020 3 min read

Robert Park, BIOTOC’s vice president of sales and operations, shares his insights on the science behind what makes Dermafirm skin care products effective. This week he focuses on peptides and its functions and benefits. 

What are Peptides?

According to Wikipedia, peptides are “short chains of between two and fifty amino acids” and amino acids that are larger than fifty or more are generally referred to as a protein. A peptide is also nanotechnology which is “based on the observation that the structures and machines of living systems are largely made from just 20 chemically simple components, the amino acids; they are incredibly versatile building blocks.” Excluding water and fat, protein is the most abundant part of the human body and protein has many critical roles. It helps repair or build the body's tissues and provide your body with a structured framework. Further, collagen is the most abundant protein in the skin, about 75-80% of your skin is made up of collagen. So collagen plays an important role in anti-aging for skincare. As you age, unfortunately, collagen "production starts to decline at about age 25 and continues.” Other harmful factors such as smoking, ultraviolet rays, and also unhealthy diet decrease in collagen production as well. As your body loses collagen, peptides play a key role in boosting collagen. Your body sees peptides as signals which tell your body to produce more collagen. 

Types of Peptides and Its Functions and Benefits

In the world of health and fitness, consumable or injectable peptides are used for increasing energy, burning fat, building muscle, and improving athletic ability. In skincare, when applied topically to the skin, peptides act as little messengers, triggering skin cells to perform specific functions such as building collagen, elastin, and encouraging the skin to look and act younger. So peptides act as a signaling agent and tell your body to make more collagen and elastin. There are many reputable studies showing significant benefits to the skin’s rejuvenation. In a particular clinical study, both immediate and long-term clinical benefits of topical treatment for improving facial lines and wrinkles are shown. National Institutes of Health: J Clin Asethet Dermatol. 2009 Mar; 2(3): 38-43. 

There are several different types of peptides used in skincare actives such as signaling peptides, carrier peptides, enzyme-inhibiting peptides, neurotransmitter-inhibiting peptides, and antimicrobial peptides. Peptides skincare actives have the following unique benefits. 1) peptides are safe and nontoxic, 2) strong physiological activity benefiting the skin rejuvenation, 3) it breaks down into amino acids after it enters the living body and promotes collagen and elastin growth, 4) it is a substance that has a wide range of utilization because the precise mechanism of physiological activity has been established, 5) it is stable in light, air and has a strong affinity with water and moisturizing power and 6) therefore, various functional peptides are used as raw materials for not only for skincare but also used as hair care products (See references A, B & C).    

Dermafirm Manufactured Peptides

Dermafirm has multiple manufacturing technologies to formulate peptides from raw materials. By owing science lab and peptide production systems give an excellent competitiveness advantage and high-quality peptides can be synthesized in various forms meeting every customer's specifications and market demands. Rather than using a single type of peptide, Dermafirm maximizes efficacy by combining multiple types of peptides in skincare products. Soon to be launched BIOTOC 3X Ampoule is also formulated with various types of skin rejuvenating peptides (Reference C).  


Reference A: Skin Biology

Reference B: Peptide Overview Chart

Reference C: Important Peptides, Benefits, and Efficacy

Reference D: Various Studies and References

  • NIH: Immediate and Long-term Clinical Benefits of a Topical Treatment for Facial Lines and Wrinkles
  • Oregon State University
  • Wikipedia - Copper Peptide GHK-Cu
  • Diseases Management and Clinical Outcomes

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