Acetyl Heptapeptide-4 is a synthetic peptide comprising a specific sequence of amino acids (Ac-Glu-Glu-Met-Gln-Arg-Arg-Ala). It was engineered with the aim to balance the skin's microbiota, which is the community of microorganisms residing on the skin's surface. This peptide fosters the growth of beneficial bacteria, functioning as a probiotic, while enhancing the skin's natural defense mechanisms against detrimental microbes.
The topical application of Acetyl Heptapeptide-4 serves multiple purposes:
Microbiota Balance: It assists in maintaining a balanced microbial community on the skin, which is crucial for healthy skin function and appearance. This balance is particularly beneficial for individuals residing in urban areas where skin tends to lose some of its normal microflora, leading to increased sensitivity, irritation, and other inflammatory conditions.
Skin Conditioning: Acetyl Heptapeptide-4 conditions the skin, keeping it in good condition by maintaining the water content both in the cosmetic product and on the skin, acting as a humectant.
Hydration: It enhances skin hydration, which is vital for a healthy, revitalized, and radiant appearance.
Skin Barrier Enhancement: This peptide improves the cohesion of dermal cells, which in turn enhances the integrity and barrier functions of the skin. A strong skin barrier is essential for protecting the skin from infections and inflammatory conditions.
Moreover, Acetyl Heptapeptide-4 is cited as a safe and effective ingredient for contemporary face and body care applications. Its probiotic action is notably useful in hand sanitizers, helping to restore a healthy microbiota balance, hydration, and natural protection. This peptide is a component of modern skincare formulations, contributing to the skin's overall health and appearance
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