Silver has been known & used for its medicinal properties since antiquity. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, first described its use as an antimicrobial agent in 400BC. These days, the use of silver nanoparticles – also called “Colloidal Silver” – is known to have the exceptional ability of killing germs and is being promoted as a treatment for some skin conditions.
What is Colloidal Silver?
Colloidal Silver is actually tiny pieces of Silver dispersed & suspended in water. The silver pieces are so small that they are invisible to the naked eye, appearing just like drinking water. Yet it’s this colloidal form of Silver which makes it compatible with the body.
To easily understand its use(s): bacteria, fungus & viruses that come into contact with Silver are immediately killed by it1. You only have to look in a hospital to see medically approved Silver products as the standard for sterile equipment. It is this same antibacterial property of Colloidal Silver which makes it a great topical treatment on skin conditions such as acne, healing wounds and skin infections.
As a natural remedy that has been around for centuries, it’s still not one that is commonly used in the household. But its use as an antibacterial ingredient makes it an ideal member of your first aid kit for cuts & scrapes.
So, what’s the deal?
There’s a buzz surrounding this natural phenomenon. American television personalities Dr. Oz and Academy-Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow publicly took a stand in defense of the safety & efficacy of Colloidal Silver as a natural remedy. They even went so far to endorse its success as a cure-all remedy.
The benefits of Colloidal Silver in cosmetics
Lotions & creams seem to be the one area where Silver nano-particles really have the space to work. Dr. Robert Becker, a pioneer surgeon at Syracuse Medical University, made a significant discovery. He found that colloidal Silver triggers an “amazing and unexpected regrowth of tissues” when applied to an infected area. In other words, he found that it helped the skin repair itself. Resulting in dramatically enhanced healing of damaged skin tissues. Becker’s studies also showed that no cases of topical treatment gave rise to any undesirable side effects.
Since then, it has become favored as an antibacterial mineral solution, becoming a more popular ingredient in high-end organic & green skincare products.
Colloidal Silver is quite a luxurious experience, and understandably so: its skin repairing and bacteria killing properties make it a beloved treatment for many skin conditions.
Because Colloidal Silver manages not to harm any surrounding tissue, there is also less scarring in general. This makes Colloidal Silver a super solution for scarring, anti-aging, and the restoration of the skin as a result of any condition (even including fungal infections). And if your skin is more on the sensitive side? It shouldn’t be a problem – unless you have an allergy to Colloidal Silver (or other Silver products, which is rather uncommon). Otherwise, it can prove beneficial for even the most sensitive skin types.