Skin Care and Treatments of Melbourne Dermatology - Betaglucans

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Betaglucans

Beta glucans originate in the outer cell wall of fungi such as yeast and mushrooms, and also in oats and barley.

They are polysaccharides that consist of many specifically arranged glucose molecules (saccharides) with side chains.

The biological activity of glucans is dependent on the specific arrangement, which can be identified in the detailed nomenclature, eg. beta-1,3-glucan.

Beta glucans modulate wound healing by binding to receptor sites and enhancing the functioning of macrophages and strengthening the skin's self protection mechanism formed by the epidermal Langerhans cells.

Additionally beta glucans prevent skin infections by helping elicit broad anti-infective effects — initiating macrophage release of cytokines and interleukins.

Lastly, the beta-1,3-glucan used in Skinceuticals Epidermal Repair accelerates the renewal rate of the stratum corneum.

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