3D Printing Skin Means an End to Animal Testing

Did you know that in many parts of the worlds animals are suffering due to the cosmetic companies which test their products before launching in the market?  Chemicals are injected in their skin and forced down their throat. This is the ugly truth of cosmetic companies. To put an end to the harsh cruelty of harming animals, the Humane Society International has started a campaign “BeCrultyFree”, an initiative that has banned animal testing in most of the European countries.

However there are many countries which still practice animal testing. In 2014, Grace Choi who owns a cosmetic brand MINK, invented the first ever makeup 3D printer. With the idea of using human skin to test cosmetics instead of animals in 2015, French cosmetic company L’Oreal, ventured into 3D printing. This cosmetic company has collaborated with research company Organovo which have 3D printed human liver cells and developed functional human tissues. According to a statement given by L’Oreal “Our partnership will not only bring about new advanced in vitro methods for evaluating product safety and performance, but the potential for where this new field of technology and research can take us is boundless”. Recently scientists at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid discovered a 3D printer that prints actual human skin using a variety of human skin like fibroblasts, plasma and keratinocytes.

3D printer creates two types of skin-

1.    This printer uses human cells to make real human skin which can be used for cosmetic testing. By using this printer all the major cosmetic companies can put an end to animal testing. Now all our cosmetics will be cruelty free.

2.    Not only cosmetic testing but the human skin which is recreated using this device can be used for medical purposes such as treating various skin problems and skin grafts.
 Animal testing has been a serious issue for quiet sometime now; with this new scientific innovation we can get a better idea of how the cosmetic products react on human skin without the need to test them on animals.

- Akhila kakarala with Inputs from: https://all3dp.com
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