Suffered a painful burn? It happens to us all at some point… and even the most minor of burns can take up to a week to heal.
More severe burns can take weeks, or even months – sometimes leaving an unsightly scar as a reminder.
But Singapore scientists have discovered a cutting-edge way to expedite the process…
As the name suggests, the gel harnesses the power of nanotechnology to treat burns in a unique way.
Unlike current ointments and creams for burns, nanogel is compiled of self-assembled peptides (short strings of amino acids), which offer a better, faster alternative to conventional treatments.
Charlotte Hauser, a scientist at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, explains, “The peptides form these fibers, which can make scaffolds that you can imagine as fishing nets in 3-D.”
These 3-D fishing net-like structures provide an ideal environment for the damaged skin cells to regenerate. In fact, lab trials have shown that the gel-treated burns healed completely after two weeks.
By contrast, wounds treated with a silicone dressing healed by only 63% over the very same period.
No More Wrinkles?
Not only is this miracle gel cooling things down in the burns department, it could also be spicing things up in the cosmetics industry, says Hauser.
That’s because it boasts some other applications, too.
“We can handle it in a different way, we can even inject it. So for my wrinkles – which I already have a few – we can use it. We also have a study running on derma fillers, as well.”
For now, Hauser and her research team are preparing the peptide nanogel for industrial use.
It means Nanosporin’s days as a go-to burn treatment could be numbered. Soon enough, burn victims will simply be able to spray the pain away.
Ahead of the tape,
Tech Research Team