What Are Exosomes in Skincare Products?


The art and science of aesthetics and skin rejuvenation evolve as researchers discover new ways to harness your skin’s regeneration process. For example, exosomes play a role in healing. If you have heard of exosomes, you may wonder, “What are exosomes in skincare products?”

Exosomes are small bubble-like nanoparticles containing proteins, fats, peptides, amino acids, and genetic material like RNA. They are released from stem cells and other cells within your body. Exosomes serve as an intercellular messenger service. One of the “messages” they carry is a signal to the cell it is time to heal and regenerate.

Please remember this article is purely for your information and a starting point for your research. It isn’t a substitute for medical or professional advice. Also, in this context, exosomes are not intended to treat disease.

Exosomes’ Emerging Role in Skincare

Skin care products and aesthetic professionals sometimes use exosomes to complement and enhance a variety of other powerful treatments, including:

  • Laser treatments, including Halo™
  • Profound® RF
  • Microneedling
  • Chemical Peels

When combined with microneedling or another treatment mentioned above, the exosomes are applied topically in a gel or cream. They are not yet valuable for over-the-counter skincare products since they need the mild damage caused by microneedling or similar treatments to penetrate the skin’s protective barrier.

Of course, microneedling itself stimulates healing and rejuvenation, but when combined with the application of exosomes, it may even be more effective. According to Allure, some believe exosomes assist the skin’s healing process, cutting down on redness and burning after a laser treatment.

Stem cell-derived exosomes are sometimes used to help reconstruct the skin, but their use in aesthetics is more recent and exciting. Exosomes from human platelets may help with tissue regeneration, hair loss, and treating facial wrinkles, according to New Beauty.

People often notice a cooling sensation when an exosome product is topically applied to their skin.

About BENEV’s Line of Exosome Skincare Products

BENEV Exosome Treatments are topical treatments designed for post-procedure care. These products are the first of their kind; they “are not intended to prevent, treat or cure diseases or medical conditions.” Instead, BENEV’s “Exosome Regenerative Complex and Exosome Regenerative Complex +” aids skin and scalp rejuvenation.

BENEV listed the benefits of delivering exosomes to the skin and scalp. Some benefits for use during post-procedure skin care include:

  • Reduction of age-related skin pigment changes
  • Firmer, tighter-looking skin
  • Reduced wrinkles and fine lines
  • Hydrated, moist skin
  • Faster recovery from a treatment

Exosomes are also sought after for treating the scalp. In this case, the benefits include:

  • Fuller-looking, shinier-looking hair
  • Promotes or supports hair growth cycle
  • Reduces shedding of hair or hair loss
  • Hydrates and soothes the scalp

A proprietary Exosome Facial may be integrated into the following sought-after med-spa treatments:

  • “EXO-XOM Facial” with Micro-Needling
  • “EXO-XOM Facial” with Non-Invasive Laser
  • “EXO-XOM Facial” with RF Needling
  • “EXO-XOM Facial” with PRP
  • “EXO-XOM Facial” with Chemical Peel

These exosome add-ons aim to concentrate the power of exosome vesicles to promote the production of elastin and collagen, boost hydration and moisture, reduce age spots and different types of hyperpigmentation, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

Your provider may recommend a series of Exosomes facials for full benefits so the results can build over time. As with other rejuvenation treatments, you may start to see results immediately, but the full extent unfolds over weeks or even a month as the skin turns over and fresher skin emerges.

Real Self magazine urges consumers to do their due diligence when finding a provider since some fake products are on the market, and the use of exosomes in skincare is not well regulated yet. They encourage you to check to ensure the provider uses the BENEV product instead of a knock-off version.

Also, consider the reputation of the practice. A well-regarded practice is less likely to risk its reputation on sketchy products when there are so many effective products and services to choose from. For example, The Skin Center by CPS is part of the Charlotte Plastic Surgery family. CPS has a long-standing good reputation in the Charlotte area stretching back decades.

The Future of Exosomes

The use of exosomes in aesthetics is still new and the full range of benefits is yet to be discovered. While exosomes are highly recognized as an effective treatment, they are not yet considered a regenerative therapy medicine. Of course, there was a time when you could say the same thing about now-common FDA-cleared aesthetic treatments like Botox®.

Time will tell whether exosomes will become as popular. In the meantime, your best bet is to discuss these and other options with a plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or other medical aesthetic professional. After all, it’s our job to keep up with the most cosmetic effective treatment options that help our patients look and feel their best.

More research is needed to learn about the plethora of uses, formulations, and practices in harnessing the power of exosomes for skin rejuvenation and even possibly regeneration. Still, many people value the results they have achieved, making it a widely sought-after, add-on,  effective treatment.

Schedule a Consultation With a Knowledgeable Skincare Professional

When considering all the choices for improving or maintaining your appearance, it helps to speak with a knowledgeable professional. The best results are experienced when selecting the right treatment to address your specific concerns and having realistic expectations. Schedule your personalized consultation today. Let us help guide you to healthy, glowing skin.

During your consultation, please share with your provider your aesthetic goals, areas of concern, lifestyle, budget, and any known health concerns. Your provider may show you before and after photographs of actual patients. Ask any questions, including how best to prepare for treatment and maintain your results.

Contact The Skin Center by CPS to schedule your consultation to learn about today’s most sought-after and cutting-edge aesthetic treatments.