Updated: Jun 2, 2020
Microsilver, a relatively unknown ingredient in the U.S. has gotten big attention in various European countries in recent years, and here is why we should start following the trend.
I am sure most of you know acne is caused by overactive sebaceous glands, and is a common problem not only among teenagers, but adults in all life stages. In the U.S. the two main ingredients you will find in the fight against acne are salicylic acid and sulfur. While both these chemicals have a number of studies showing their effectiveness in treating acne, microsilver seems to trump both in this department. A 2014 study published in The Journal Of Plastic Dermatology studied 78 participants that underwent a twice daily application of a microsilver serum for eight weeks. After those eight weeks, 61.9% of participants had clear skin, and 38.1% saw a 50% decrease in their acne. And the best part, no adverse reactions were recorded in any participants.
So what is microsilver?
It is a nano-porous silver (silver powder, particle size about 11.6 microns), with a mushroom-like surface structure. It has a large active surface area, the operation of which made usable in products, for the cosmetic application on the skin. Microsilver acts against bacteria to help calm inflamed, irritated, and sensitized skin along with helping the skin's natural healing process. The particles in microsilver continuously release positively charged ions, which disrupt harmful bacteria in many ways. "These ions destabilize the bacterial structure, break down cell membranes, cut off enzymatic nutrients, and rigorously prevent cell division so that germs can not longer proliferate."
Microsilver can be utilized in a number of products, it can be used in oral hygiene to take care of germs that cause bad breath, and in skin creams it can remove impurities, skin blemishes, and with its hydrating and microbial properties it can reduce inflammation. This is what makes it a prime choice for acne and rosacea clients. For the same reason it lessens sebum production of the skin, it is often used in deodorant formulations to reduce sweat.
Acne and other conditions often creates open pores, folds, and wrinkles that allow bacterial growth in the epidermis. Microsilver helps treat dry, cracked skin, allowing less bacteria to enter into the skin, which shows just how versatile this product can be. It also strengthens the skin to resist bacterial growth, along with supporting skin regeneration, with clean, healthy skin as the outcome.
Why should I consider microsilver?
An ingredient praised for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties, it can be traced back to ancient civilizations, that would use it for the healing of wounds. Microsilver is very gentle, which is why it is rarely found to be an irritant to skin. This is opposed to other acne products that often backfire, and create a condition worse than what was initially trying to be treated. Due to its gentle nature, it can be utilized to treat other conditions such as rosacea or excessive redness, eczema, dermatitis, aging, and hypersensitivity.
Extra fun fact: MicroSilver was proven effective against Covid-19 and other viruses, similar to the way alcohol would work. You can read more about that below.
When I said it was hard to find in the U.S., it is HARD, among my many searches for the ingredient these were the only U.S. companies I found that utilized it. As for why it is so hard to find, I would love to know the answer to that as well! Dermodality Skin Solutions, the product line I use and swear by, currently has two products that utilize microsilver- the weightless hydrating serum and the blemish control pads. Both of these products are amazing at treating acne at home, due to their medical grade ingredients, and are great for pre-conditioning for higher level chemical peels. While this ingredient is still widely unknown, I hope other skincare companies will soon hop on this european trend.
Additional companies that utilize microsilver:
Quoted Source: https://bellaaura.com/blogs/news/micro-silver