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Skin Biology Super GHK Copper Peptide Serum

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin
Reviewed by Marta June 8, 2008 13 Comments
I am a big fan of copper peptides. This peptide is extremely effective for restoring hair loss, strengthening finger nails, diminishing age spots, speeding up healing after a wound, tackling stubborn wrinkles and acne. I base this on my own experience and the significant volume of clinical data that gives copper peptide a very good pedigree.

It can't, however, be any old copper peptide. Look for something called GHK. This is the one that has the science backing it up. It isn't that easy to get though as the patents are closely held. One owner is Skin Biology. I have had great success with Folligen, Skin Biology's hair growth treatment, and Super Cop 2X.

Super Cop 2X is strong stuff though and there are plenty of people who report irritation and reactions. Oddly enough, given that I am the dermatological equivalent of the Princess and the Pea, I've never had a problem with it. Anyway, Skin Biology has brought out Super GHK Copper Peptide Serum ($39.95 for 15ml) for those that are sensitive and it can be used around the eye area (something I wouldn't dream of doing with Super Cop 2X). Nevertheless, it is still pretty potent and, according to Skin Biology, it has 50 times more copper peptide than typical GHK formulations.

Super GHK also has tripeptide 1, a relatively new anti-aging peptide, some vitamin E, allantoin (a soother) and aloe. I'd prefer it if it came without the parabens and diazolidinyl urea (preservatives), but otherwise this is well worth checking out.

By the way, I was intrigued to discover a source of pure GHK. Cellbone Technology sells GHK Copper Peptide solution for $36 for 25ml. It is recommended for use in concentrations of 10%. I must admit that I am sorely tempted. The notion of whipping up my own potions is becoming an increasingly seductive one.

  • June 9, 2015

    by tsomargotte

    Correction number two: Collagen III is the collagen promoted by First Generation CP's/it is a more 'youthful' less scar-like collagen than is collagen I.

    There are many more studies on GHK copper than on the second generation Second generation CP's, however are what finally 'worked' for my particular issue of a sagging, 'fallen' face.

    If you do wish to try Pickart's formulas, you must know to go slowly.

    Apologize r/t these corrections. I'm doing a paper and am quite the tired writer.

  • June 9, 2015

    by pattymargotte

    Correction to my previous CP post:

    Copper Peptides by Dr. Pickart.--His second generation CP's do NOT have the GHK. First generation ones do.

  • June 8, 2015

    by pattymargotte

    Yes. Dr. Pickart's first generation copper peptides are the ones with the GHK, glysine, histadine, lysine, attached to them. They are quite unstable and cannot be used with terribly low pH products like Vitamin C and Retinoic Acids and BHA's and AHA's. One may use the acid products at the opposite end of the day however.

    Dr. Pickart's second generation copper peptides do have have the GHK tripeptide attached to the copper peptide. This makes it much more stable.

    I have tried both, including his Skin Signals formula which contains both 1st and 2nd generation copper peptides. I can truthfully say it is much like having a face lift. A face lift that may take a few years to effect, however as these peptides work slowly but surely by tearing down old damaged collagen and rebuilding new. The new collagen is the juvenile sort--collagen I I believe.

    Since the mechanism here is one of skin remodeling, one of destroying old collagen, THEN rebuilding new, it behooves one to take it slowly. If one uses too much, one may see a slackening effect for a few days or even a week or so. Just back off and allow the rebuilding of the skin. Dr. Pickart encourages the use of oral Vitamin C and MSM supplemention during the remodeling of ones skin.

  • September 14, 2010

    by SUZ

    P.S. Please forgive those type-o's..it does this only when I have posted here for some reason..I need to proof read my Typing!

  • September 14, 2010

    by SUZ

    Hi Jaysie, yes there is a difference in the 2 products. Honestly, just by reading up I was a little nervous to try the Stronger version, as I had read both bad and good about it. I had read a tiny bit here and there about CP's over the last 2 years and tried the Skin Signals for my face. Bad idea for me- The smell was just awful and my face went crazy with total sensitivity. I didn't notice much positive either - My skin was starting to erupt with boil type acne (not normal at all for me) and my skin looked extremely damaged.. I was looking Horrible. I just gave up on this.

    This time it was for an entirely different reason, and thought it couldn't hurt to go UP my neck with the serum.. Lately my neck has been looking worse; both before and after surgery, so I've been looking for something to help. For now, I just wanted something for healing this "slice" : ) and remembered reading about CP's. So, I did get a sample of the GHK Serum (Not the Super Cop that Junko is referring to) I didn't expect much, but figured it would be better than plain ole' vitamin E..

    The 2 are different - I can't say too much as I only know very little. They are different generational Copper Peptides.. There is definitely more to read about. Just look up Super GHK Serum; there is alot to read about.. They do have sample sizes you can buy- this is what I did.

    JUNKO: Isn't that interesting? I wonder if you might do better on the GHK - it is fr more sensitive skin. I can't say for sur about the rest of my face, as I haven't ventured there yet..I am willing to "chance" my scar and my neck at first only at this point..

  • September 13, 2010

    by Junko

    SUZ's comment is very interesting & timely. I used Super Cop 2X for a year and quit this past May. I've been noticing that my face looks a bit more loose than last year and had been wondering if it was the aging of an additional year or if Super Cop had been keeping things in place. I'm not sure I'd go back to Super Cop every day as I found it pore clogging and has quite a few ingredients that I'd rather do without, but her comment gives merit to copper's abilities to firm.

  • September 13, 2010

    by Jaysie

    Thanks, Suz - Is there a difference between the Super GHK Serum and what you referred to as the "stronger Super Cop?" If there is, I can go to the Skin Bio site and read up on it.

  • September 13, 2010

    by SUZ

    Hi Jaysie, It was the SUPER GHK SERUM by Skin Biology.. I am still kind of baffled, as I didn't know that this would do a thing.. I only put this on for a few days, as I didn't want anything else to interfere with the "possible" healing, Still not sure abot the healing properties yet. I tried it again last night before bed- again nothing over it or under it..I woke up and seriously took double takes..

  • September 13, 2010

    by Jaysie

    Suz - What specific copper product caused your neck smoothing?

  • September 12, 2010

    by SUZ

    This is an OLD post but I thought I should share nonetheless. I do not use CP's at all in any form. I did order a sample due to having my neck being sliced across a few weeks ago (surgery). I thought I'd try it and wonder if I should order the stronger Super Cop for it.

    Regardless, I did notice something about the GHK from Skin Biology that I didn't expect. My surgical scar has not improved as it takes awhile I understand..BUT, I decided to use it up all the way up my neck. My neck is so Smooth and tightened!! I have only used it for over a week both morning and night... I have been searching for something to help loose skin for awhile now, and this was not the answer I came up with in my search, but a nice side effect to say the least.

    We'll see how it goes..is it a temp fix or a permanent wonderment? What a nice surprise..

  • June 23, 2009

    by marta

    David, this is a thorny question. As far as I can understand, copper GHK has specific qualities that heal wounds and stimulate collagen production. A book called <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=JNYKD0erD-oC&pg=PA29&lpg=PA29&dq=copper+ghk&source=bl&ots=cYryKplKMx&sig=eeo2sUZD0U_563YthnX-BM-V-ME&hl=en&ei=R-xASqf-FIWjtgem3vGfCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3" rel="nofollow">Cosmetic Dermatology</a> has a helpful explanation. I believe that Dr Pickart of Skin Biology owns the patents to copper CGK, but that doesn't mean to say that he isn't licensing them to other companies, such as Mychelle - I guess you'd have to ask Mychelle.

    Re tripeptide. T-1 and T-3 are the most commonly used in cosmetics, so it is probably one of those. I can't see much difference between them.

  • June 23, 2009

    by David

    You say that the results are not from any old copper peptide, that it must be GHK. I have recently started using Mychelle produts and find them to be very good. Their Serious Hyaluronic Firming Serum contains copper peptides but does not say GHK. Any idea if they are?

    Also it contains glutathione, which they say is a tripeptide, but again does not specify if it is tripepetide 1.

    Just curious. I am concerned about wrinkles and loss of elasticity so not sure if I should just start using Skin Biology GHK?

  • June 15, 2008

    by Stan

    <p>I think it would be interesting to mix one's own lotions or add these ingredients to my favorite moisturizer. Let us know if you do this.</p>

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