Exosome Skin Care Promises To Mimic the Firming Results of the Famed ‘Vampire Facial’ at Home—But Does It Actually Work?


By now you’ve probably heard about PRP (aka “vampire” facials) popularized by certain celebrities on Instagram a few years ago. The now-common in-office treatment consists of drawing one’s blood and then spinning it in a centrifuge to isolate the platelet-rich plasma, which is then injected back into the skin. These platelets are packed with growth factors that can help regenerate and heal, making them ideal to use not only for facials but for hair rejuvenation and even sports injuries.

Now, the door to the ways these platelets are used in skin care is opening a little wider. A few pioneering skin-care companies are using human-derived platelets (also referred to as platelet-derived exosomes) in topical skin care, which may make getting the benefits of the invasive (and expensive) PRP treatment easier and less painful.

Azza Halim, MD, a board-certified physician and anesthesiologist in Boca Raton, Florida says that the news about human-derived platelets in topicals is exciting because our platelets include a “mega” amount of growth factors that can benefit skin rejuvenation like little else. But is this an industry breakthrough, or simply a great idea in a jar? “The question is, how do we maximize the benefits of the products by delivery method?” Dr. Halim posits. “Because delivery is key.”

We spoke to doctors, nurses, and industry leaders to learn their thoughts on this new frontier.

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