Two questions; one topic:
Lucia Wants To Know:
Can a cream repair DNA damage? I have to say that any cosmetic cream that says something about DNA sounds bogus, but I heard a dermatologist from Mount Sinai say that it may work. The name of the cream is Remergent DNA repair Formula, could it truly repair photodamage? ( I am a reformed tanoholic)
The Right Brain‘s Two-for-One Reply:
Believe it or not, there does appear to be some credible basis for Remergent’s claims. Specifically, they’ve conducted a clinical study on patients with a genetic condition known as Xeroderma Pigmentosum, or XP, that prevents their skin from repairing itself normally. XP patients are 1000 times more prone to skin cancers because they lack this natural repair ability. The study showed that when a certain DNA repair enzyme was encapsulated in a liposome (a microscopic oil vesicle), the XP patients showed an increase in cellular repair.
Does the mean the Remergent product will help an average person’s skin? It’s hard to say. The study in question was done on one specific ingredient, not the Remergent product as a whole. And it was tested it on patients with an unusual condition. So while the data suggests Remergent can help your skin repair itself, it’s hard to tell for certain. Still, it’s an intriguing area of research.
And Remergent isn’t the only player in this field. We found other studies on the use of skin lotion to deliver DNA repair agents. For example, the University of Alabama has seen some success in this area. But their work is still in the experimental stage and it involves active drug ingredients. So, don’t look for that technology at your cosmetic counter for a at least a few years. You can read about this study and others here:
Beauty Brains Bottom Line: There is some data to show Remergent does what it claims, but the core of the data is related to skin cancer. How much this product can really help with “ordinary” signs of aging is unclear. And at $125 for less than 2 ounces, it may not be for everyone. We’d suggest consulting with a dermatologist before spending that kind of money.