Skin Care and Treatments of Melbourne Dermatology - Trehalose

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Trehalose

Trehalose

Selaginella lepidophylla is a desert plant which uses trehalose to come back to life after a period of dormancy forced upon it by dehydration. The plant may be purchased as a novelty-item in some countries. The time-lapse here is 3 hours after the plant being placed in a small bowl of water. The plant eventually regains a green colour and may recurl into a tight dry ball as required.


Also known as mycose and tremalose, trehalose is typically derived from ergot, a fungus (also see ergothioneine) which has been a source of various medicinal alkaloids with pronounced physiological effects.

Trehalose, morphine, quinine, atropine and strychnine may all be derived from ergot, although certain plants and invertebrate animals also synthesize these substances.

"Resurrection plants" (a category encompassing various ferns, plants growing in icy and desert regions, as above, and Asters) are known to use trehalose to withstand prolonged periods of desiccation before springing back to life in a rapid burst.

Similar to sodium hyaluronate, trehalose possesses a massive ability to retain water and can help strengthen a parched and weakened skin barrier.

Unlike sodium hyaluronate, trehalose also functions as an antioxidant.

Probably due to the cost of extracting the ingredient, trehalose is only available in a minority of more expensive products.

Although now discontinued, Kinerase Pro+ did produce an oral supplement containing 13 milligrams trehalose, similar to Vitamedica's AM + PM antioxidants.

In topical form, higher concentrations of trehalose are available in Nia24 Gentle Cleansing Cream, Kinerase Pro+ Ultra-Hydrating Repair Mask, Vivité Daily Antioxidant Facial Serum (prescription and then login only), RevaleSkin Day Cream SPF 15 and DCL Anti-Aging Hand Repair (available in approximately 2 months).

Clinique Medical also use trehalose in their formulae intended to enhance the outcomes of TCA peels.

A list of products and topics containing both trehalose and sodium hyaluronate/hyaluronic acid is available.

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