Mushroom Beta Glucan and Skin Care

Medicinal Mushroom has primarily been focusing on health problem related issues. However, beta glucan, which derived from medicinal mushrooms, has a number of skin care related benefits.

Mushroom Beta Glucan has very powerful topical effects on our skin especially on our face. Macrophages are in our skin and are activated by topical mushroom beta glucan just as the internal macrophages are.

Mushroom Beta Glucan helps protect aging skin from immune dysfunction, and aids in overall dermatological health and wound healing. Several studies have shown that the use of a beta glucan in cream can help hydrate the skin, improve firmness, skin color, and elasticity; while also helping to diminish lines and wrinkles.

The skin also has immune cells. The problem in our modern world, is that so many things tend to destroy, damage or weaken these immune cells. The "Langerhans' cells in the skin become damaged over time. The most frequent environmental destroying factors are the sun's ultraviolet rays, chemicals in make up and cleansers, soaps and cosmetics as well as chlorine in water. This damage creates wrinkles and causes the skin to look dull and grainy. "Langerhans" cells fight foreign intruders and release substances, such as epidermal growth factor, that encourage skin renewal and healing.

Mushroom Beta Glucan can helps in increase the cellular viability of epidermal cells, and that is decreases the production of inflammatory mediators, as well as protecting the skin from the adverse effects of UV radiation. It helps in repair of skin from environmental damage from UV radiation, pollution, smoke, bacteria and free radicals.

Mushroom Beta glucan used in creams helps stimulate these cells to become functional again, bringing back healthier, younger-looking skin.

In addition, mushroom beta glucan may stimulates natural collagen production, which is essential for keeping skin firm and strong. As we age, the amount of our natural collagen production goes down. While most health web sites promote exclusively beta glucan based skin care products, some suggest that by eating beta glucan supplements, such as medicinal mushroom supplements, may help you retain youthful appearance. Some people claim that applying mushroom extract directly to the skin may be very beneficial.

In a recent study, 150 women, ages 35 to 60, were given a cosmetic regimen of which containing β-glucan was a major part. The effects on the signs of aging in the skin were evaluated. Compared with the control group, the improvement in skin textures are summarized as below. These are dramatic results compared with most cosmetic skin care preparations.

• 27% in skin hydration after eight weeks of using the regimen twice a day;
• 47% in lines and wrinkles;
• 60% in firmness and elasticity;
• 26% in skin color;
• 34% in the rates of skin renewal.

It's relatively easy from there to understand how supporting immune cells in the skin can lead to healthier skin, and enhanced wound healing, but it's less obvious how topical application of beta glucan can reduce the appearance of aging.

Mushroom beta glucan in cosmetic ingredients helps to restore and rejuvenate the immune wellness of your skin. Simple and easy to apply, you will experience a youthful skin using mushroom beta glucan formulation in your skin care or cosmetic products.

Mechanism for Skin Care Applications

Past Studies related to wound recovery have mainly focused on macrophages by beta glucan. A 1997 in-vivo study conducted by Portera et al. revealed that after adding water soluble mushroom beta glucan phosphate into the wounds at the back and intestine of post-surgical rats, not only did the elasticity of the tissues around the surgical region increases, but the surrounding collagen proteins were also stimulated into greater production. Therefore, it was then hypothesized that water soluble mushroom beta glucan can trigger macrophages to indirectly increase the regeneration of collagen protein production, in turn improving the outcome of skin rejuvenation.

The hypothesis was further validated by years of studies, confirming that upon stimulation of fibroblasts by beta-D-glucan, the immune response around the testing tissues can be fortified via the activation of NF-kB signal pathway and NF-1 secondary messenger cascade. Similarly, such mechanism stimulates the production of many cytokine and pro-collagen gene expression, resulting in the synthesis of collagen, in turns improving outcomes of skin rejuvenation.