What are Immune Defense Proteins and how do they protect your skin?

Our team often talks about the science behind Epiology and its patented natural active ingredient IDP®, which stands for ‘immune defense proteins’.

But exactly what is IDP® and how does it work on our skin?

Immune defense proteins are produced in nature in milk and act as a natural shield or barrier to fight nasty bugs and diseases that can cause infection. IDP® essentially prevents the spread of the bacteria, calms the skin and prevents the redness associated with acne.

How does it work?

Every time you carry out your three-step skincare routine using Epiology, IDP®’s powerful bio-protein complex makes its way into your pores, targeting acne bacteria, working as an antioxidant, and reducing redness and irritation. IDP® is unique to Epiology - you won’t find it in any other anti-acne skincare range.

IDP® is perfect for your skin because:

1. It’s natural

The proteins in IDP® are the natural defense proteins isolated from fresh, pasteurised milk, and remain in exactly the same ratio in our products as they do in nature.

2. It does double the work

IDP® provides two lines of defense for your skin:

  1. Antioxidant and antimicrobial characteristics
  2. Anti-redness activities

We like to call this the ‘Triple A system’, and the powerful trio work together to help prevent the spread of acne-causing bacteria.

3. It’s clinically proven

An independent trial compared IDP®’s effectiveness with other premium US-based leading brands of anti-acne cream. The results showed:

  • IDP® prevents acne lesions (spots)
  • IDP® triggered a 54% reduction in redness
  • IDP® is both effective and non-irritating for those with sensitive skin.

It’s common for skin to become more sensitive when it’s inflamed. One of the main reasons people with moderate to severe acne stop using a topical treatment is because of the irritation and redness caused by prolonged use of these products.

One of the great things about IDP® (and one of the main reasons people love Epiology) is that they work with what’s called the innate (acute phase) immune system within your body to help minimise irritation and reduce redness.

Immune defense proteins are so powerful, we’re continuously looking for other products IDP® would work well in. Recently, we conducted independent research that showed IDP can be effective against influenza and the herpes simplex virus species (implicated in the causation of cold sores), so watch this space!


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