MM Blog: A 'Second Skin' For Wrinkles And Medications

A look at how MIT may have found a temporary solution to crow’s feet.

A team from MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, Living Proof, and Olivo Labs have tested a prototype polysiloxane polymer that, once applied to skin, dries to form a film that mimics the properties of youthful skin, tightening wrinkles and reducing skin sagging. 

Known as XPL, the polymer is applied in two steps. First, you apply a transparent cream containing a polymer and work it into the skin. Next, you apply a catalyst that binds the cream to the skin as a transparent film. MIT professor Robert Langer describes it as "essentially an elastic second skin." 
Once applied, XPL is resistant to both water and rubbing. It also helps the underlying skin stay hydrated. This might be a great way to look your best on the red carpet, but the effects are temporary. Researchers are looking at ways to use the polymer to help deliver medications like a Nicoderm patch and treat a wide variety of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. 


Does this polymer have potential to do more that smooth wrinkles? Could this help create a new category of transdermal medications? 

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