What is it?
Dr. Jeff Popp explains Defenage is in a class of topical solutions that are referred to as “cosmeceuticals,” a combination of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
“Pure cosmetics don’t have to have an FDA approval to ensure the products do what they say they will do. Pharmaceuticals do have to have FDA clearance to establish the statements the manufacturer makes are true,” says Dr. Popp.
Cosmeceuticals fall into a class by themselves as they are out of the reach of the FDA completely.
Defenage is part of a new class of creams and lotions that stimulate stem cells that lie at the base of the hair follicles in the skin. Stem cells are the repair cells of the body. Dr. Popp says stem cells know what the problem is and how to fix it.
“So when you stimulate those stem cells, they begin to repair skin,” he says.
Stem cells can help with:
- Age-related damage
- Skin Pigmentation
Dr. Popp offers Defenage’s “Power Trio” out of his office.
He advises clients though – as with all topical applications of cosmeceuticals – the degree of improvement anyone can expect using these products is going to be minor.
Still, Dr. Popp digs Defenage
“I like the concept of using the body’s own repair mechanisms. The buzzword of the decade is “stem cells” and it’s because they are miracle cells present in all our bodies. To have a topical product that actually does something and stimulates stem cells is spectacular,” he says.
He says having your body fix your body is “pretty cool.”
Dr. Popp also likes to see standard, acceptable scientific evidence that the claims a company makes about a certain product are verifiable and true.
“Defenage has data that includes peer-reviewed research. Its claims are backed up with science,” he said.
How to use
The “Power Trio” contains a mask you use couple times a week and two separate products that go on within five minutes of each other. Those can be used once or twice a day.