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Inflammation is our bodies way of reacting to infection and and foreign pathogens.  It can be considered as the first line of defense against microorganisms that can potentially cause long-lasting health issues. Yet the same process that our immune system uses to protect our bodies from infection can also lead to visible signs of aging. Making matters worse, we become more susceptible to chronic inflammation as we grow older. In addition to exacerbating the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, inflammation can lead to a host of more serious health conditions.

Today, we'll explore how chronic inflammation is associated with a number of skin conditions. I'll describe how it affects the skin, and offer strategies for managing it and reducing your exposure.

Natural Response To Pathogens  

When foreign pathogens are identified by the immune system, a number of physiological events occur in an effort to eliminate those pathogens. Free radicals are generated, blood flow increases, and healthy tissue begins deteriorating. While these inflammatory events are designed to help neutralize or inhibit the microorganisms, they can also lead to the break down of collagen and the structure of your skin.

In normal cases, once the need for an inflammatory response is no longer required, the physiological events are terminated. However, in some cases, the termination process fails. When this happens, chronic inflammation can set in.  

In cases of chronic inflammation, the immune system may even begin perceiving the body's tissues as foreign and thereby, posing a threat. As a result, it can produce concurrent efforts to destroy the tissue while trying to rebuild it. This can lead to a number of skin conditions, such as dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, and acne. Recently, researchers have found evidence that an enzyme called IDO, which is normally produced to keep inflammation in check, actually protects malignant skin cells as well.

Managing And Reducing The Effects  

If you cope with chronic inflammation, your skin care regimen should include formulations containing anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. The anti-inflammatory action can help skin that is prone to dryness, cracking, blisters or redness. Antioxidants can help prevent free radical damage. Through topical application of these ingredients, you can help to improve the visible signs of aging.  

While a number of ingredients possess anti-inflammatory action, here are a few to consider:

Green Tea - Green tea possesses potent anti inflammatory and antioxidant activity and can be found in Credentials Face Firming Complex[Link Removed] - a peptide that has been shown to help boost collagen production, Matrixyl also contains anti inflammatory properties.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed]

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