Inflammation... The Good, Bad & Preventable!

Barbara Toth

Inflammation is usually the direct response of an infection or a wound to the body. The inflammation actually tells the body to start the healing process. So, in a sense, inflammation is an important necessary part of skin rejuvenation.

There are really only two kinds of inflammation: acute and chronic. Acute is the initial response by the body to start the healing process. Chronic is prolonged inflammation, which can often lead to a variety of diseases.

The good news here is, Acute inflammation generally lasts for several days or less. It's essential to the healing process and is simply the body’s way of sending internal support to the wound site by increasing the flow of plasma and leukocytes to eliminate pathogens. When you see swelling, that indicates the area is full of the plasma and leukocytes. When you start feeling the pain, that draws awareness to the damage, prompting gentle care to be taken. Many times, a simple application of nourishing, healing serums or moisturizers can help the healing process greatly. Products like the DNA Moisturizing Booster are the perfect serum to increase moisture and accelerate cell renewal.

The good and The bad of It

When it comes to the inflammation, there are five principal signs – pain, heat, redness, swelling and loss of function. All of which, are essential to the regeneration of the skin. It's important to note, during the inflammation stage platelets release pro-youth growth factors to heal, rebuild and renew the area.

You might also know, there are certain aesthetic treatments which can trigger this acute inflammatory response. For example when you get a skin peel. The first sign of wounding is an inflammatory response, which also kick-starts the rejuvenation process.

Inflammation may also be provoked by some of the things we do or partake in on a daily basis. They are called environmental stressors and many times we can be stimulating inflammation unknowingly. These environmental stressors include burns (mostly from over exposure to sun), stress, toxins, trauma, alcohol, immune reactions, infection by pathogens, foreign bodies such as dirt and debris, and the list goes on.

There is reason for concern though, when inflammation becomes chronic. It's problematic when the inflammation becomes a constant part of your bodies make up. That's when serious issues can occur such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, hypersensitivities, autoimmune disease, chronic acne, and more.

Healing Inflammation

When inflammation occurs though, you can support the skin in it's healing process with several ingredients like arnica, which relieves sensation of swelling, soreness and pain. Then there's omega 6 essential fatty acids, which are a rich blend of antioxidants that nourish skin and reduce formation of free radicals. Aubrey Organics Revitalizing Therapy Serum w/Organic Rosa Mosqueta Rose Hip Seed Oil also improves skin texture and replenishes moisture. Algae extract is found in DNA Oceana Mineral Gel which supports the healing process for photo trauma(sunburn). Epidermal growth factors, and bisabolol, are several more antioxidants that may be used to help ease pain, redness and swelling, as well as stimulate cell regeneration.

In regards to the skin, inflammation is also a major contributor to the aging process. This may be brought on by many factors, however free radicals, which cause inflammation, are primary culprits. Natural Organic Body has compiled a list of products to combat free radical damage in all facets of your skin care. Inflammation caused by free radicals induces degradation of cells and reduction of collagen production. Overtime this inhibits the body’s ability to naturally repair the area, which in turn causes visual signs of aging.

When it comes to inflammation, the sun still continues to be the biggest offender of causing constant inflammation, and aging. It's important to always have and use SPF 30 or higher, like Kiss My Face Face Factor SPF50 for Face & Neck. Natural Organic Body has a wide range of SPF products for the sport enthusiasts to the regular sun bather and those who like there SPF in there cosmetics. Take a look at what we have available and help avoid any chance of undo inflammation. While not all causes of inflammation can be avoided, these few preventions can absolutely avoid and protect the skin from irreversible damage and disease.

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