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Question: I’m really fed up with skin care products that claim to make skin look younger but actually do very little. I have had peels and microderm abrasion performed and my skin looks good for a few days but after a while it returns to normal. I was told about a product called Immuderm that is supposed to help skin look younger and maintain its youthfulness. How does it work and is it as good as it says?


Answer: Immuderm manufactured in association with Biotec Pharmacon claims to utilize baker’s yeast as a way to make skin look younger. What the website claims is that Immuderm contains a compound, Norwegian Beta 1.3/1.6 Glucan, derived from the cell wall of baker’s yeast. This substance has been shown to radically boost immunity when ingested. What Immuderm has done is make this compound soluble and added it to their product.

What the website maintains is that traditional products only either get rid of dead cells or moisturize existing facial skin. Immuderm claims that their product actually maintains new healthy skin by boosting immunity. When new cells are protected they look newer longer.

Although the website lists its ingredients, there is no mention of clinical or scientific trials proving that this product actually works on the skin. Also, there is no evidence that shows that a topical application of this compound would have similar effects as the ingested version.

If you do shop for an anti-wrinkle product in a health store, pharmacy or on the Internet, you’ll often find hundreds of different brands containing a confusing array of ingredients. You may be tempted to experiment with different products until you find one that works. But this approach may be expensive. More importantly, not all products contain the quality and quantity of necessary ingredients to positively promote long-term improvements on the appearance of wrinkles and an overall healthy complexion. That’s why you’ll need to do a little bit of research to find the best, most potent brand for your needs.

Lee Mann, our respected health and beauty expert, did a fantastic review on wrinkle creams and their actual effectiveness in a recent feature, the results are quite surprising.