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Hydrogen and Carbon Dioxide for Beauty

Published on November 3, 2023

Ladies, you are looking at the power of carbon dioxide medicine. This is the same woman before, after one year, and after two years of daily application of a carbon dioxide gel that is applied directly to the face. What this will do to the skin will do to one’s internal tissues when CO2 levels are increased using other means of application. CO2 will moisturize, brighten, revitalize, firm, and soothe, creating a radiance in the skin and more. Hydrogen inhalation also has a powerful effect on the skin and belongs in every anti-aging protocol.

Recently popularized in cosmetic dermatology, subcutaneous carbon dioxide (CO2) injections have improved the skin’s appearance by augmenting oxygen delivery and aiding cellular metabolism and neocollagenesis. However, they carry several risks and cannot be used on the entire face, leaving them best suited for treating localized skin concerns.

To combat these issues, carbon dioxide gel treatment is a less invasive CO2 facial suited for full-face treatment that can be done at home. Carbon dioxide facials improve skin oxygenation immediately following treatment, attributable to generating an artificial Bohr effect.[i] Unlike subcutaneous CO2 injections, the CO2 facial generates CO2 bubbles on the skin surface, which permeate the epidermis with minimal discomfort.

However, subcutaneous carbon dioxide (CO2) injections have become increasingly popular in aesthetic medicine, given their ability to promote skin oxygenation from the underlying microcirculation.

No matter the method, the ensuing oxygen supply stimulates collagen production and accelerates cellular metabolism. For this reason, subcutaneous CO2 injections are often used to promote dermal regeneration and reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars, and hyperpigmentation.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) gel, also known as carboxy gel, is a cosmetic product used in skincare and beauty treatments. It is formulated with ingredients that release CO2 gas upon contact with the skin. The application of CO2 gel has several potential benefits for the skin, such as:

Skin Rejuvenation: CO2 gel treatments can help stimulate collagen production, improve skin elasticity, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is often used for facial rejuvenation. It can be used to rejuvenate the skin on the face, neck, and hands.

Improved Blood Circulation: The release of CO2 gas can enhance blood circulation in the treated area, which may result in improved oxygen and nutrient delivery to the skin cells.

Skin Brightening: It’s sometimes used to improve skin tone and reduce hyperpigmentation, helping to achieve a more radiant complexion.

Tightening and Firming: CO2 gel can promote skin tightening and firming, making it popular for addressing sagging or loose skin.

Reducing Pore Size: Some people use CO2 gel to minimize the appearance of enlarged pores.

Cellulite Reduction: Carboxytherapy is sometimes used to target cellulite by improving blood circulation and breaking down fat cells.

Stretch Marks: CO2 injections may reduce the appearance of stretch marks by promoting collagen formation in the affected areas.

Dark Circles and Puffiness: Carboxytherapy can help reduce dark circles and puffiness under the eyes by improving circulation and oxygenating the skin.

Hair Restoration: In some cases, CO2 treatments are used to stimulate hair growth and improve scalp health.

CO2 Laser Treatments

CO2 laser skin treatment, or fractional carbon dioxide laser therapy, is a cosmetic procedure for addressing skin concerns. It involves using a high-energy CO2 laser to target and treat specific areas of the skin. This type of laser treatment is commonly used for skin resurfacing and can have several benefits, depending on the particular skin issues being addressed. It has similar effects to subcutaneous carbon dioxide injections.

CO2 laser treatment is typically performed by a dermatologist or trained skincare professional. It’s considered an ablative laser treatment, meaning it removes the outer layer of skin to stimulate the growth of new, healthier skin. The recovery time can vary depending on the intensity of the treatment, but it often involves some downtime for healing, redness, and peeling.

If one is not using a gel, it’s essential to have CO2 beauty treatments performed by a qualified and trained professional to ensure safety and effectiveness. The results and benefits of these treatments can vary from person to person, so it’s advisable to consult with a specialist to discuss your specific beauty goals and whether CO2 treatments suit you.

Hydrogen and Skin Beautification

Hydrogen is gaining attention in anti-aging and skin care due to its potential antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Molecular hydrogen, often delivered in the form of hydrogen-rich water or hydrogen gas, is believed to have several potential benefits for anti-aging:

Antioxidant Effects: Molecular hydrogen is a potent antioxidant that can help neutralize harmful free radicals. Free radicals can damage skin cells and accelerate the aging process, so the ability to reduce oxidative stress is valuable in anti-aging.

Anti-Inflammatory: Hydrogen has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce skin inflammation and redness. Inflammation is associated with various skin conditions and can contribute to premature aging.

Improved Hydration: Hydrogen water may promote better hydration at the cellular level, leading to more supple and youthful-looking skin.

Skin Health: Some studies suggest that hydrogen-rich water may support overall skin health and promote a radiant complexion.

While the research on hydrogen’s role in anti-aging is still evolving, it has shown promise in various studies. However, it’s important to note that individual results may vary, and the effectiveness of hydrogen for anti-aging may depend on factors such as the concentration of hydrogen used and the specific skin conditions being addressed.

For me and my skin, it has been nothing short of amazing. As I get older, I look younger and better than I have in 20 years. Here I am at 71, with my first grandson, and I look better than I did at age fifty.

[i] Effect of Carbon Dioxide Facial Therapy on Skin Oxygenation. September 2015 | Volume 14 | Issue 9 |

Dr. Mark Sircus AC., OMD, DM (P)

Professor of Natural Oncology, Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine
Founder of Natural Allopathic Medicine

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