Geniuses from MIT announced a major breakthrough. A team of visionary scientists from Living Proof, Olivo Labs, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Massachusetts General Hospital, have developed an amazing new material that acts like young skin and addresses key anti-aging concerns.
Currently known by its lab name — the XPL polymer — with further development, it could also be used to deliver drugs to help treat skin conditions such as eczema and other types of dermatitis.
Could this be both a fountain of youth and a medical miracle?
The material, a silicone-based polymer that could be applied on the skin as a thin, imperceptible coating mimics mechanical and elastic properties of healthy, youthful skin by both smoothing and tightening wrinkles, moisturizing and protecting the surface.
This type of “second skin” could also be adapted to provide long-lasting ultraviolet protection, say the researchers.
High Performance Skin Perfecting Test Results
In clinical trials, researchers found that the material was successful in reshaping eye bags, the bane of both adult men and women and also enhance skin hydration. Moreover, the XPL polymer demonstrated a steady compressive post-application force that tightened skin for about 24 hours.
In another study to test elasticity, the XPL material was applied to forearm skin. When the XPL-treated area was distended with a suction cup, it returned to its original position faster than untreated skim.
The researchers also tested the XPL material’s ability to prevent water loss from dry skin. Two hours after application, the XPL-treated skin showed much less dehydration than skin treated with high-end commercial moisturizers.
After 24 hours, skin treated with XPL had retained much more water than over-the-counter moisturizers. No irritation was reported.
Long-Lasting Ultraviolet Protection
Sun exposure dramatically reduces the skin’s ability to protect itself, even with young people. As an antidote for one of the worst culprits for premature aging of skin, XPL appears to protect skin against the ravages of the sun’s harmful rays as well as extreme temperatures.
Beginning 10 years ago, youthful elasticity was the big challenge to researchers setting out to develop a protective coating that could restore the properties of healthy skin for both medical and cosmetic applications.
Screening more than 100 siloxane polymers to create this cross-linked polymer layer (XPL), the researchers finally had their “Aha!” moment.
Two components are involved. First, a poly-siloxane component cream, then a platinum catalyst cream combine to form a cross-linked film that remains for up to 24 hours.
The XPL is astonishingly invisible. How fast can this exceptional new skin-like material be brought to market via dermatologists or cosmetics companies? Hint: a similar product — New Skin Liquid Bandage — is already on drug chain shelves. For small cuts and wounds, it dries rapidly to form a tough, protective cover that is antiseptic, flexible and waterproof.
Collaborating on the XPL project:
Olivo Laboratories: founded to target unmet needs in the dermatological field and provide solutions to skin-related medical conditions through proprietary biomaterials technologies.
Spun out of Living Proof, Olivo Labs’ lead technology, the XPL platform, was developed in collaboration with Dr. R. Rox Anderson at the Wellman Center (Harvard-Massachusetts General Hospital), and Bob Langer and Dan Anderson at Langer Lab (MIT), and Polaris Partners.
The company seeks to create benchmark solutions through perfectly engineered products with a focus on medical and cosmetic problems.
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