Every month there always seems to be a new skincare treatment on the market; one minute every Tik-Tok girly is getting RF Microneedling and the next they’re telling you a resurfacing laser is even better. It can be overwhelming to know which “trend” to follow, but if you’re going to follow one, it’s best to look into exosomes. These nanoparticles found naturally in our cells have been booming on the Korean market for a few years now and recently have been picked up stateside. Allure Magazine has named exosomes one of the Biggest Skin-Care Trends of 2024.
Exosomes are rich in skin-rejuvenating materials like peptides, lipids, growth factors, and proteins. They work by sending messages to unhealthy skin cells and telling them to regenerate. This prompts our bodies’ natural response to heal and repair damaged skin, which in turn, means faster healing times post-treatment and better results. Currently, exosomes are only used in medical offices and aren’t found in topical products. It’s important to remember that exosomes only work when they can penetrate the skin, which is only possible when microchannels are created. Microneedling, ablative lasers, like CO2 and resurfacing lasers, like Halo and Moxi, are some of the treatments that create these openings.
You might be wondering who exosomes are good for; in short, they are beneficial for everyone. All skin types and ages can benefit from adding exosomes to their next in-office treatment. Because exosomes are cells that do not contain a nucleus, there is no worry of graft-versus-host adverse reactions, like with stem cells. Exosomes also cut healing by 50-60%, which allows those with packed schedules to finally try more intense treatments since redness and swelling are greatly reduced. In addition, exosomes are a great alternative to PRP, since no blood has to be drawn. Exosomes also offer consistent rejuvenating qualities, whereas PRP’s efficacy is dependent on the host it is drawn from.
If you want to experiment with exosomes, give Northwestern Med Spa a call to book your next appointment!