SILVER: A NATURAL ANTIMICROBIAL
The antimicrobial properties of silver have been known for centuries. People in ancient Phonecia stored water in silver coated bottles. Silver was commonly used in treatments of wounds during World War I. Silver dollars were put in milk bottles to keep milk fresh. Water tanks of ships are silver coated to render water potable for months.
When antibiotics were discovered, the use of silver as a bactericidal agent decreased. However, antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria have increasingly emerged. There have been similar concerns raised against Triclosan, a widely used antimicrobial agent in skin care products. These developments generated renewed interest in silver, now considered an exciting safe alternative with a great deal of relevance in pharmaceutical and skin care formulations.
A German company, BioEpiderm, has developed a complex process of manufacturing silver powder with highly porous, sponge-like structure. This 99.9% pure metallic silver is ECOCERT registered, and meets ecological standards for natural bio-cosmetics.
|DERMAX DEOWHITE deodorant|
contains silver antimicrobial active.
The fine silver powder can be used in creams, lotions, deodorants, and sprays for body care, hand and foot care and facial care, as well as in hair and scalp care preparations, and even oral care products such as mouthwash and toothpaste. Because there are no side effects, the active silver can also be used in child care formulations.
A product with this active releases silver ions slowly, with prolonged anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity. This time-release feature helps destroy harmful bacteria continuously without affecting the skin’s natural flora. The skin is freed from the causes of irritation over an extended period. The result is a healthy and well-protected skin.
In a scientific study, a cream containing 0.1 percent of the active was tested on patients with atopic dermatitis. The skin returned to normal condition, redness disappeared and bothersome itching was significantly reduced.
SkinStation recently came out with DERMAX DEOWHITE, a natural deodorant with silver as the main deodorizing active. The silver worked well with other whitening actives in the formulation. With the success of the DERMAX DEOWHITE deodorant, more products containing the antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-irritant silver are in the pipeline.
Skin Smart seeks to clarify facts and myths on skin care. This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on May 28, 2013. The author received the 2011 OutstandingChemist Award from Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry. The author is the CEO of SkinStation and can be reached at email@example.com.