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Midwest SCC April 2023 Monthly Meeting

Join us at Top Golf Schaumburg !!!


Come join the Midwest SCC (Society of Cosmetic Chemists) and WFFC (Women in Flavor and Fragrance Commerce) Chicago chapter and Annual Co-event at Schaumburg Top Golf for a TEE-rific educational and social function. Our speaker, Dr. Xi Huang, is one of the world's leading researchers on the correlation between body iron levels and the impact on aging skin. Dr. Huang will present the power of food, nutrition, skincare, and treatment solutions for aged skin and wellness.

Speaker: Dr. Xi Huang

Date: Tuesday, April 11


4:00 pm – Board Meeting (Board Members Only)
5:30 pm – Cocktails & Networking
6:00 pm – Speaker Presentation
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Dinner & Golf

Venue: Top Golf Schaumburg

Address: 2050 Progress Pkwy, Schaumburg, 60173

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Dr. Xi Huang is one of the world’s leading researchers on the correlation between iron levels and the impact on aging skin. He will discuss appropriate prevention and treatment solutions for skin aging.


Beyond Estrogen, Role Of Iron and Postmenopausal Skin Aging and Wellness


Estrogen deficiency has been regarded as the main causative factor in menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and skin aging, which is characterized by dryness, wrinkles, and atypical pigmentation. We found that, while estrogen decreases by 90%, a concurrent but inverse change occurs in iron levels during the menopausal transition. For example, levels of serum ferritin, an iron storage protein, are increased 2 to 3-fold from pre-menopause to post-menopause. Iron is the most abundant transition metal in the human body for many essential physiological functions. There are multiple pathways of iron absorption from the diet into the body; once iron is inside, the body removes the excess iron through menstruation and epidermal desquamation of the skin. However, when menstruation is no longer available, iron accumulates in higher quantities in the skin of older women as well as in other organs. Iron catalyzes reactive oxygen species formation through Fenton/Haber-Weiss reactions, leading to skin aging—such as wrinkles and even more skin thinning in the presence of UVA. Deposition of iron on the skin contributes to skin discoloration and hyper-pigmentation. Higher iron also enhances energy metabolism, potentially playing an important part in hot flashes. In this talk, molecular mechanisms of iron excretion through skin will be discussed. By identifying iron as the cause with further investigation, we may provide the appropriate prevention and treatment solutions for improving wellness and skin appearance.

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