DMAE Cream Might Not Be Worth The Splurge

February 9, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle
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Dr. Oz skyrocketed to stardom with a little help from Oprah and is one of the most likable faces on television. On a recent segment of his show entitled Dr. Oz Alternative Health All-Stars, Dr. Nicholas Perricone stopped by and shared some secrets on aging. In addition to eating right, DMAE cream might help combat the signs of aging. Or will it?

Read on for the truth about DMAE cream!

According to a Canadian doctor, DMAE skin serum or 2-dimethylaminoethano, which is marketed as Face Finishing Moisturizer by Perricone MD Cosmeceuticals, may not be as great as Dr. Perricone may have you believe. Perricone MD Cosmeceuticals touts that the product “allows for face-lift-like benefits as well as other long lasting anti-aging contributions when applied to the face or taken as a supplement.” What’s worse is that the miracle cream will burn a hole in your wallet retailing for $65 for 2 ounces at Sephora.

So does it live up to the hype? The answer is an underwhelming no. Pharmacologist Dr. Francois Marceau of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Quebec has been testing these “facelift in a bottle” creams and his results may shock you.

Marceau tested the DMAE cream on cultured rabbit skin and human skin cells and both show the same results: the chemicals fill the cells with water and DMAE, which reduces wrinkles and fills in fine lines. But the after-effect is drastic–it thickens the epidermal layer of the skin and, in some cases, has destroyed skin cells within twenty-four hours of being exposed to the cream, he reports.

Marceau told Reuters:

From our point of view the cells are altered. They stop dividing, they stop secreting, and after…24 hours a certain proportion of them die.

Yikes! That can’t be good.

Be smart. When claims sound too good to be true, use your head and go the other way because they probably are.


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