Can a 'Second Skin' Reduce Wrinkles and Eyebags?
In a development that sounds like it was lifted from a sci-fi novel, scientists at M.I.T. and Harvard have developed a "second skin" that can, in effect, be painted on eye-bags and wrinkles and restore one's youth — or the appearance of youth, at least.
A report published in the journal Nature Materials cites pilot studies conducted with 170 subjects who applied the "second skin" — composed of FDA-approved chemicals — and thus far, it seems that allergic reactions and plain old irritation from the manufactured dermis are largely nonexistent.
Researchers say that a medical use of such technology might be to treat eczema and psoriasis, for example — by moisturizing dry patches with a film that medicates, or perhaps delivers a prescribed drug dose. (The second skin could also serve to keep topical creams on the skin overnight — as anyone who uses, say, cortisone on a regular basis knows that by the time morning comes around, most of those creams end up on sheets and pillowcases.)
Research was funded by a privately owned biotech company in Cambridge, Mass., called Living Proof, while another Cambridge-based company, Olivo Laboratories, owns the patents.