A new ground-breaking serum was recently introduced and the surgeons in the West have mixed feelings about it! The new K-beauty brand Private Doctor has launched a new serum which they have ingeniously named the Minus Serum, with sodium deoxycholate as its active ingredient. Not so much into chemistry? Don’t worry …we will break it down for you! Sodium deoxycholate is very similar to deoxycholic acid which is the magical ingredient that is injected to dissolve fat, some would know it by the more popular commercial name of Kybella.
What Does Sodium Deoxycholate Do?
Sodium deoxycholate has the amazing function of removing underlying fat and cellulite while it kick starts collagen production, which results in a sculpted effect that one is only able to get from injectables. In addition to the main active ingredient, Minus Serum also contains Lactobacillus ferment, which is a probiotic that helps the active ingredient get absorbed, as well as provide anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant benefits while also restoring the skin’s pH levels.
How Does It Work?
Minus Serum is using a new type of technology that acts like micro-needling “micro-tingling spicules”, that help the topical product penetrate deeply into the skin (much deeper than your typical skincare products). The micro-tingling spicules are basically “microscopic needles that are harvested from a hydrolysed sponge”, and these help deliver the active ingredients to the deepest level required while also behaving with a time-release effect.
As imagined, the tiny spicules stimulate the skin with their thin needles as they fill the pores with the active ingredient that will reach the dermis layer. Users typically feel a tingling sensation slightly different than the normal tingling we experience with certain products. The Lactobacillus ferment works on generating cell turnover which will result in the skin shedding its dead layer; this means that the spicules will also be shed with the dead skin after 72 hours.
The brand promises a sculpted effect similar to the effect one gets from a Kybella injection, however there are still many skeptics who feel this sounds a little over-promising, given the fact that using injectable ingredients topically is something that hasn’t been previously done. Dermatologists are also not trusting of the fact that the sodium deoxycholate can penetrate deep enough to reach the fat layer and actually do any noticeable contouring. Despite the criticism, and wether or not this product can do great change; it is worth trying out especially for those who have needle phobia…additionally it is believed that this product will prolong the life of some of the in-office treatments… so for me I am definitely bought…I’ve got nothing to lose and probably a bit to gain.