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Phosphatidylcholine

* An emulsifier that is also being used to break down fat cells in new liposuction treatments

Phosphatidylcholine is a member of the class of phospholipids, and is created by isolating distinct components from egg yolks and natural soy beans (Wikipedia). It is used as a skin conditioning agent, emulsifier and surfactant in beauty products and cosmetics, although it also being used and tested as an ingredient in liposuction formulas and alternatives because of its ability to break down fat cells, including in Mesotherapy.

* An emulsifier that is also being used to break down fat cells in new liposuction treatments

Functions:

Phosphatidylcholine is a member of the class of phospholipids, and is created by isolating distinct components from egg yolks and natural soy beans (Wikipedia). It is used as a skin conditioning agent, emulsifier and surfactant in beauty products and cosmetics, although it also being used and tested as an ingredient in liposuction formulas and alternatives because of its ability to break down fat cells, including in Mesotherapy.

Phosphatidylcholine is a unique phosopholipid because of its structure. It has a choline head and a string of essential fatty acid chains that make up a tail; these characteristics allow Phosphatidylcholine to assist in communication and repair of cell membranes throughout the body, including within the skin. According to research, "Choline is used in the synthesis structural components of all human cell membranes. Choline is used to make the cell signaling molecules, platelet activating factor (PAF) and sphingophosphorylcholine." The essential fatty acids contained within Phosphatidylcholine assist in manufacturing and repairing cell membranes, and "Omega-3s are used in the formation of cell walls, making them supple and flexible."

Although Phosphatidylcholine has been used as an ingested supplement, it is also included as an ingredient in topical skin creams, and can create smoother skin, increase skin's moisture level, condition skin and hair, support skin regeneration, and supply both choline and linoleic acid.

A study was also done in 1999 on the use of Phosphatidylcholine from vegetable lecithine as a treatment for acne. Due to the levels fo linoleic acid, results showed a 60% decrease in comedones and a 70% decrease in efflorescences after 28 days (Source).

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

The Cosmetics Database finds Phosphatidylcholine to be a low hazard with a 0 hazard rating, and only notes data gaps as a concern. However, according to research, it penetrates skin easily and can also increase the penetrability of other products; Phosphatidylcholine should be used with caution when an ingredient in formulas that contain other questionable or toxic ingredients.

Very few studies exist that note any adverse side effects or warnings regarding its use as a liposuction treatment. It is an approved drug used in Germany for treating blocked blood vessels, but it has not been approved by the FDA for use in cosmetic surgery.

Recommended Products w/ Phosphatidylcholine:

Lipodissolve Treatment, Dermaheal Two Weeks Miracle, Perricone MD Firming Neck Therapy

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