Anti-Inflammatory For The Skin During Skincare Routine That Your Once Ignored
Many people know a lot about sun protection, facial cleansing, moisturizing, skin lightening, anti-aging, and even anti-oxidation in skincare, but they don’t know why the anti-inflammatory step is included in skincare
Anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant are the two extremely important pillars of advanced skin care. If you don’t know why you need anti-inflammation for your skin in the skincare routine, even if you are doing well in other areas, your skin will silently deteriorate.
This is equivalent to the buckets effect. How much water a bucket can hold depends on the shortest piece of board. For a wooden barrel to be filled with water, the length of each board must be the same. If this bucket has a short board or a hole in a board, the bucket cannot be filled with water.
The lack of anti-inflammatory steps in skincare routine is equivalent to the lack of a board in a bucket, which can never be filled with water.
If you want to have perfect skin, you must not forget to anti-inflammation for the skin during your skin care steps.
Table of Contents
- What Is Skin Inflammation?
- Why Add Anti-Inflammatory Steps To Your Skincare Routine?
- How To Eliminate Invisible Inflammation Of The Skin?
What Is Skin Inflammation?
Most people recognize skin inflammation as shown in the picture below.
The picture above is common skin inflammation, but it is already a very severe acute inflammation. If the severe inflammation is not eliminated in time, it will damage the skin tissue, and even cause permanent damage to the skin, leaving skin scars.
If the skin is compared to a sea, the sea is sometimes calm and sometimes stormy.
But this sea is very peculiar. The surface of the sea can be dead calm, but the degree of danger of the undercurrent below the sea surface is not inferior to the stormy waves on the sea surface. The Titanic was destroyed by icebergs under the sea.
The manifestations of skin inflammation are not only redness, heat, swelling, and pain.
There will be weak inflammation in the deep skin from time to time. This weak inflammation cannot be seen by the naked eye and you cannot feel it. Only after using VISIA, the world’s most advanced skin testing instrument, can we see whether the skin has inflammation.
After the skin with a normal appearance is tested by VISIA, the state of the deep skin may show two completely different manifestations.
The picture above shows two women who have undergone VISIA tests, and their skin surface has no abnormalities. The deep part of the skin on the left picture has less inflammation, but the deep part of the skin on the right picture has very serious inflammation that is not visible to the naked eye or low-intensity chronic inflammation.
If you don’t usually get in the sun, but you have freckles somehow. It may be that your skin has been exposed to some kind of irritation for a long time, causing the skin to be in a state of invisible inflammation for a long time, and freckles will appear over time.
Why Add Anti-Inflammatory Steps To Your Skincare Routine?
The skin is the largest organ of the human body, and its main function is to protect the body from external environmental damage, so the skin is also the first line of defense of the immune system.
Immune function is a physiological function of the human body that is used to destroy factors marked as harmful by the immune system. For example, the immune system kills bacteria and viruses that enter the body or removes damaged cells and tumor cells produced in the body.
As the first line of defense of the immune system, the skin will resist external irritants for a long time.
Skin inflammation is a defensive response of the human body to all these external stimuli.
All stimuli that can cause a defense response are called pro-inflammatory factors.
The factors that can cause skin inflammation are not only bacteria, viruses, damaged cells, and tumor cells. Any factor that may irritate the skin can become a pro-inflammatory factor, such as too cold or too hot temperature, strong ultraviolet rays, particles in makeup, pollutants in the air, dust, blue light in electronic products, and strong irritating ingredients in skincare products.
Inflammation is a beneficial mechanism for protecting your skin’s health, but inflammation can cause a variety of skin problems and make your beautiful face ugly.
Let us understand what kind of skin problems can inflammation cause?
Skin inflammation will accelerate skin aging.
Inflammation can also cause damage to normal human tissues in the process of removing pro-inflammatory factors, such as destroying facial collagen and elastin, leading to wrinkles and facial atrophy.
Some people suffer from acne or eczema for a long time, and their skin is in constant repeated severe inflammation. Even if they are finally cured, they will look older than their peers.
Skin inflammation can cause acne and skin scars.
When the pores are blocked, the anaerobic Propionibacterium acnes proliferates with sebum as food.
Secretions from P.acnes will corrode the skin, causing weak inflammation deep in the skin.
If the inflammation is not eliminated, the inflammation will worsen over time and red acne will grow.
Even if acne is eliminated, red pigmentation will remain. Because the inflammation inside the skin has not been completely eliminated when the inflammation on the surface of the skin subsides, so the key to removing the red pigmentation is anti-inflammatory.
Skin inflammation will gradually make your skin sensitive and fragile.
If the inflamed skin does not get timely anti-inflammatory and soothing, the skin will become fragile and sensitive, and it will be more susceptible to the stimulation of pro-inflammatory factors and aggravate inflammation.
The aggravated inflammation will in turn worsen the skin. Such a vicious cycle will cause the skin to become sensitive.
Inflammation can cause the skin to darken.
Inflamed skin is more fragile and sensitive, and skin is more susceptible to damage from ultraviolet rays. To prevent ultraviolet rays damage to the body, the body will preventively secrete melanin in this inflammation area.
Melanin is a self-protection mechanism of the body. It is used to absorb ultraviolet rays and prevent ultraviolet rays from harming the human body. This is the post-inflammation pigmentation (PIH). The pigmentation left after acne disappears is PIH.
So you’re hiding in the house without the sun, but somehow you’re getting freckles. Or you can’t regain the fair skin you once had even with whitening serums are caused by invisible inflammation.
The picture above lists the skin problems involved in inflammation.
How To Eliminate Invisible Inflammation Of The Skin?
In addition to obvious acute inflammation, such as acne, red pigmentation, red blood, facial redness. If you want to see the hidden inflammation in the deep skin, you can only rely on a skin testing instrument such as VISIA that can detect the state of the dermis.
But if you have the following symptoms, then your skin has strong or invisible skin inflammation.
- Sensitive skin
- Darkened without sun
- Unexplained freckles
- The use of whitening serums still does not restore the once fair skin.
To eliminate skin inflammation, we have two approaches in terms of the causes of inflammation.
The first method is to avoid the external environment irritating to the skin as much as possible.
This method involves treating your face gently before you have a sufficient understanding of your skin’s defenses. If the surface of your skin is very thin, the skin barrier will be destroyed accidentally, and external stimuli can easily invade the skin and cause skin inflammation and skin aging.
For example, don’t wash your face with cold or hot water, don’t use a powerful facial cleanser, don’t make crazy makeup, and don’t use highly effective but strong irritating skin care ingredients.
This method also includes efforts to strengthen one’s skin’s defenses. The higher the skin’s defenses, the healthier and stronger the skin barrier. The more difficult it is for the various irritants in the external environment to harm your skin and cause an inflammatory response. This is the same as the principle of repairing sensitive skin.
The second method is to add anti-inflammatory steps to the skin care routine.
Since skin inflammation cannot be completely eliminated, as long as you are still living on the earth, the surrounding environment will continue to irritate your skin, and invisible skin inflammation will continue to occur deep in the skin. You need to constantly use skin care products with anti-inflammatory ingredients to eliminate inflammation.
Many plant extracts in skincare products have anti-inflammatory, soothing, calming, and anti-allergic functions.
- Olea Europaea Extract
- Centella asiatica Extract
- Purslane Extract
- Hamamelis Virginiana Extract
- Chamomile Extract
- Cucumis Sativus Extract
- Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract
More effective anti-inflammatory ingredients:
- Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate
- Tea Polyphenols
- Tranexamic Acid
- Acetylsalicylic Acid
Of course, there are exclusive patented technologies of major brand companies, such as Symrise’s anti-allergic patent SymSitive®1609 and so on.
All skin problems involve skin inflammation. I hope that after reading this post, you can understand why skin looks healthy, but some skin problems suddenly appear.
Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant are the two pillars of advanced skin care. If you don’t do these two tasks well, even if you work hard to whiten your skin, anti-aging, remove pigmentation, anti-wrinkle, repair the skin, and get rid of acne, it will be difficult to achieve the skin condition you want.