Gold in Your Skin Care May Cause Aging

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Over the past decade, gold flakes, powders and particles have begun to show up in skin-care products promising to increase collagen and hyaluronic acid production. However, new research out of Stony Brook University has found that gold nanoparticles actually accelerate the aging process and can cause wrinkles.

The findings, published in the journal Nanotoxicology, found that even very low doses of gold nanoparticles could penetrate adult stem cells “almost instantly,” and once inside, they have no escape route. Researchers discovered that these nanoparticles caused certain issues within the cells, limiting their movement and preventing cell division and collagen contraction. 

So should you toss your creams with gold? Maybe. Until now, we really have only seen research to suggest that gold can hurt you, not help you. Many dermatologists say that there is absolutely no scientific evidence to suggest that gold has any effect in firming or revitalizing the skin, only that it can cause inflammatory reactions like contact dermatitis and can be toxic in high dosages.

Looks like gold is better worn around the neck than on the face. Do you use any skin-care products containing gold?

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