Acetyl Hexapeptide 8: What You Should Know
Peptides, such as acetyl acetyl hexapeptide 8, are becoming a common ingredient in many anti-aging skin care products. This peptide, which is created synthetically, is also commonly known as Argireline and may be listed by either name in a skin care product’s ingredients. Unlike other peptides, which are commonly used to boost collagen production in the skin and increase the skin’s moisture retaining abilities, acetyl hexapeptide 8 works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by restricting certain nerve impulses and relaxing the muscles in the face. When these muscles are relaxed, the frown lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet around the eyes, forehead wrinkles, and even smiles lines become smoother. While some companies that include acetyl hexapeptide 8 in their products claim that this peptide creates “Botox in a jar,” it does not mimic the effects of Botox exactly. Consumers who choose to use products with this ingredient should be aware of how it works to relax facial muscles, its similarities and differences to Botox, and its side effects, before making a purchasing decision.
How Acetyl Hexapeptide 8 Works
Acetyl hexapeptide 8 is a neuropeptide which communicates with neurotransmitters and restricts communication between neurons. This can make acetyl hexapeptide 8 a potentially effective treatment for several types of wrinkles.
For example, some wrinkles, like frown lines and crow’s feet, are mainly caused by muscle contractions. Repeated facial expressions cause these lines to deepen and make deep lines in the skin.
When the facial muscles are relaxed, their contractions become weaker, which causes wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, and nasolabial folds (which run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth and are typically called “laugh lines”) to become less visible.
Acetyl Hexapeptide 8 vs. Botox
While acetyl hexapeptide 8 is similar to Botox in what it does, the effects are not nearly as powerful. Botox, which is a strong neurotoxin injected directly into forehead and other facial wrinkles, temporarily paralyzes the muscles to keep them from contracting. Acetyl hexapeptide 8, on the other hand, is much weaker and also has to penetrate through the skin to relax muscles.
As a result, you may want to approach products that contain this peptide and are marketed as “Botox in a jar” with caution, as acetyl hexapeptide 8 and Botox are not interchangeable in how they are applied to wrinkles and how they work.
In addition, the effectiveness of Botox has been proven in many clinical and medical trials, while Argireline is still being studied and to date, the publication of clinical trial data has been limited. While this isn’t to say that acetyl hexapeptide 8 is useless as an anti-aging skin care ingredient, you may want to keep in mind that the treatment of wrinkles is not dependent on one singular ingredient.
Acetyl Hexapeptide 8 Side Effects
While the effects of acetyl hexapeptide 8 are still being studied, few side effects have been connected to its use. The most common side effect is droopiness of the eyelids when a product it applied to crow’s feet. Some individuals have experienced dryness and mild irritation at the application site, but these side effects may be the result of sensitive skin.
It may behoove the consumer to refrain from applying products that contain this peptide to broken, sunburned, or irritated skin, as this may increase inflammation.
Instances of allergic reaction are not believed to be common with acetyl hexapeptide 8, but if you have never used peptides to treat wrinkles in the past, you may want to contact your dermatologist before adding products that contain it to your skin care regimen.