Growth Factors and SkinMedica’s TNS Products


Ask any skincare provider what types of skin care products to use and they will give you a list of items that are known winners. They will most likely include antioxidants, retinol, and sunscreen. These three items are essential for flawless skin. The next items on the list would include ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids for exfoliation, hyaluronic acid for hydration, and peptides and growth factors to combat the signs of aging. While many of these ingredients could use further explanation, this blog is going to focus on growth factors. 

So, what are growth factors? Growth Factors are naturally produced by all types of cells. They act as signaling molecules to relay messages between cells and are essential for growth, healing, and survival. Growth factors in skincare can come from a variety of sources. Human growth factors are produced from human cells grown in a lab and non-human sources of growth factors come from snails and a variety of plants. The growth factors in SkinMedica’s TNS products come from human fibroblast cells.

If growth factors are produced by all kinds of cells, then why would SkinMedica choose to use growth factors from human fibroblast cells? All cells produce growth factors and it is thought that the unique blend of growth factors produced by a cell would be ideal for the health of the cell that produced them. Following this theory, growth factors produced by human skin cells would be the ideal growth factors to include in skin care products. Fibroblast cells are a type of skin cell located in the skin’s dermis. Growth factors produced by the fibroblast cell help to repair damaged skin, make components that provide firmness and elasticity and maintain protective functions. As the skin ages, it produces less and fewer growth factors, and using skincare with growth factors, such as TNS can act as replacement therapy and slow down the aging process. Skin care products with growth factors help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, skin tone, and texture.

Growth factors play well with others and can be easily integrated into your skincare routine. SkinMedica’s TNS Recovery Complex and TNS Essential serum can be used in the morning and evening and are applied after cleansing along with any other serums. The TNS Recovery Complex is a high concentration of growth factors and the TNS Essential Serum includes peptides, antioxidants, alpha-arbutin, and hyaluronic acid along with growth factors to increase results. In a study conducted by SkinMedica 92% of patients rated their skin as looking healthier and more youthful after using the TNS Essential Serum. Initial results are usually seen within 30 days and optimal results are seen at the 90-day mark. SkinMedica also makes a product to bring the power of growth factors to the delicate area around the eyes. TNS Eye Repair includes growth factors, vitamins A, B, and C, and specialized ingredients to tackle dark circles. 

Decoding skincare ingredients can be a challenge. A great way to find out what products/ingredients would be good for you and your skincare concerns is to have a consultation with a skincare professional. At Skin Care By Design, our consultations are always free.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.