Copper Tripeptide-1 (Also known as GHK-Cu, Copper Peptide)

Copper Tripeptide-1 (Also known as GHK-Cu, Copper Peptide)


Description: copper tripeptide-1 is a copper complex of tripeptide-1

Quick facts

  • Naturally occurring in bodily fluids such as urine, saliva and plasma
  • Helps stimulate a number of important skin productions, such as collagen and elastin
  • Can help speed up the healing time of minor and major wounds
  • Contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties

Who can use it?

Due to a number of studies still being taken out on copper tripeptide-1 it is not 100% which skin types can or can’t use it. Before applying anything to your skin you must consult a dermatologist or medical professional.

What is Copper Tripeptide-1?

Copper tripeptide-1 is made up of two different compounds, GHK and Cu. The GHK part of the ingredient is made up of three amino acids that are naturally found in bodily fluids such as salvia. The Cu part is an essential element also found in the body, copper. With this potent cocktail there are a number of results you can expect to see, the healing time to wounds being significantly less and anti-inflammatory properties helping to reduce any redness or flare-up to the face. Copper tripeptide-1 can also kick start collagen production giving the skin a boost leaving the complexion looking younger, plumper and full of bounce.

Side effects of Copper Tripeptide-1

Although it was extracted back in 1973, copper tripeptide-1 is still considered a relatively new ingredient to make its way into the products in your daily skincare routine. This is why a consultation with a medical professional should take place to avoid any unwanted side effects.

Scientific Evidence

  • BioMed Research International, Volume 2015 – Jan 1, 2015, GHK Peptide as a Natural Modulator of Multiple Cellular Pathways in Skin Regeneration
  • Loren R. Pickart, Use of GHL-Cu as a wound-healing and anti-inflammatory agent, Patent US 4760051 A
  • FEBS Lett. 1988 Oct 10;238(2):343-6., Stimulation of collagen synthesis in fibroblast cultures by the tripeptide-copper complex glycyl-L-histidyl-L-lysine-Cu2+
  • Disease Management and Clinical Outcomes 1(4):136-141 · July 1998, Effects of topical creams containing vitamin C, a copper-binding peptide cream and melatonin compared with tretinoin on the ultrastructure of normal skin - A pilot clinical, histologic, and ultrastructural study
  • Arch Pharm Res. 2007 Jul;30(7):834-9., The effect of tripeptide-copper complex on human hair growth in vitro.
  • Cosmetics & Medicine (Russia) July 2004, Loren Pickart PhD, Improving Hair Growth with Skin Remodeling Copper Peptides


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