Anti-Aging Skin Care: Do Natural Remedies Help?
Wrinkles and blemishes are signs and symptoms that result from aging process and from photo-aging due to ultra-violet radiation from sunlight. Additionally cancer of skin can result from over exposure to sunlight. Due to the improved technologies in the formulation of anti-aging natural products [homeopathic] the results from treatments of wrinkles and blemishes have been very good and satisfactory to many patients compared many years ago. The active ingredients in these selected products are known to heal and promote the growth of collagen and elastin of the connective tissues of the skin. Increased production of enzymes and new cells growth in the skin are some of the benefits from these anti-aging natural medications.To understand better how these products work lets review a little bit of the pathogenesis of wrinkles and blemishes. In aging process, the new cells growth and cell divisions become slower or delayed in the different layers of skin. In the 3 layers of skin [epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous] there are specific cells, tissues, and glands are located. Each layer has specific functions in concert to each other. In aging the 3 layers of skin slowly thin out depending upon the general health make up of an individual. The cells, connective tissues [collagen], glands, and fat cells atrophy causing shrinkage and diminished elasticity of the skin. The end result being that of wrinkles.The epidermis recognizes invading pathogens and other foreign substances and generate abundant cytokines. The melanocytes reside in the epidermal basal membrane layer producing and distributing photo-protective melanin to the keratinocytes. With aging the dermal-epidermal junction flattens. The number of interdigitation dramatically decreases resulting in a smaller contact surface area between the dermis and epidermis. As a result the dermal-epidermal separation occurs more readily to tear or blister from even a mild trauma. This pathologic alteration can probably also compromises communications and nutrient transfer between epidermis and dermis affecting the mechanical barrier and immunologic function of epidermis.The 3rd. layer of skin [subcutaneous] starts to thin out in aging. The connective tissues [collagen-fibrous], fat cells, oil glands [sebaceous glands], sweat glands, and blood vessels if involved with arteriosclerosis start to atrophy causing shrinkage and diminished elasticity of skin and exaggerate wrinkles.Photo-aging is a premature aging of skin due to ultra-violet radiation from sun light. This aging process is manifested by wrinkles and some blemishes. the ultra-violet radiation damages the collagen fibers and elastin both proteins that maintain the structure and strength of skin. In response to the damaged elastin by ultra-violet radiation the body produces a good amount of metalloproteinosis some of which breakdown collagen resulting to uneven formation of matrix of disorganized collagen fibers called solar scars. Cumulative repetition of this matrix [abnormal collagen fibers rebuilding] causes wrinkles. During this process of formation of abnormal disorganized collagen fibers [wrinkles] there is over production of oxidants called free radicals. Excessive amount of oxidants damage the body cells and even alter their genetic components. Oxidation contributes to wrinkle formation by activating the so called metallopro-teinosis that degrade connective tissues.Prevention of Wrinkles and Blemishes Due To Aging and Photo- AgingAppropriate and diligent use of sunscreens and or sun blockers. Not only for people who are over ex-posed but also people who are less exposed who are with skin photo types [SPTS] 1&2 who are sensitive to sun light. Use hats with wide brim and sun glasses. Protect the skin with tight woven fabric clothes. Avoid sun tanning all together as ultra-violet rays still produced from it. Avoid over exposure to sun light even when using sun blockers or sun screen. Avoid cigarettes and alcohol as the incidents of wrinkles and blemishes are higher on those who use than those who don’t. Alcohol can cause edema of the face and around the eyes resulting to sagging and puffiness. Use vitamin D supplement if there is over protection from sun light and taking foods with less vitamin. Deficiency of vitamin D may result to rickets, osteoporosis, and some cancers including melanoma of skin. Eat healthy foods like:fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy oils like olive oil. These foods have high contents of anti-oxidants. Regular exercises help peripheral circulations which deliver oxygen to skin.Treatment for Wrinkles and Blemishes with Anti-aging Natural ProductsThere are various ways of treating wrinkles and blemishes that include topical natural products, prescribed medications by Dermatologists, and surgical procedures by Plastic Surgeons. Treatments such as high concentration of chemical peeler or exfoliators, injectable fillers, micro-lipo injection, silicon injection, botox injection, and various surgical procedures. all these are complex and not without complications. They are expensive and may not be with perfect results.We think that anti-aging natural products should be tried first on younger patients below 60years with simple to moderate degree of lesions. They seem to respond better than the older people. Although these older group should try these remedies. The few selected anti-aging and exfoliative natural products contain active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, argireline, matrexyl, dernox src, vitamin A&E, and anti-oxidants. Topical use of alpha or beta hydroxy acids and similar substances incorporated in an exfoliator cream may do the job of removing blemishes and even promote the production of collagen and elastin.For more severe type of wrinkles and blemishes [purpura, seborrheic keratoses, and skin cancers] patients should seek consultation with physicians.In summary, we think that based from our experience and research, natural products [homeopathic] that contain the necessary ingredients for healing, promote growth of collagen and elastin and exfoliation of damage or dead cells of epidermis are effective anti-aging treatment for wrinkles and blemishes.
Julius P. Rivera,M.D.(Retired) Drop Ship Retailer for Natural Products in the treatment of Skin Inflammation.Websites: http://www.skininflammationcare.com http://www.skininflammationcareblog.comExperience: General Surgery Medical and Surgical treatments of Skin Disorders