Ingredients to look for in your skincare that help reduce inflammation

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In today’s modern society, we suffer from inflammation through so many internal and external factors, pollutants, harmful chemicals, processed foods, sugars, stress, etc. Inflammatory pathways can cause breakouts, rashes, premature aging, poor digestion, reproductive issues, hormonal imbalances, and even serious tissue damage and disease, which makes it a pressing battle. Although, inflammation is our immune system’s attempt to alert the rest of the body of potential invaders through deploying white blood cells to protect it, actively incorporating a daily anti-inflammatory diet and compounds in skincare can help reduce and prevent skin flare-ups. Here are a few great allies to consider:

Green Tea

This refreshing, and caffeinated beverage should be a staple in everyone’s daily diet as contains the highest amount of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) which is loaded with antioxidants that fight free-radical damage and can suppress proteins or genes associated with inflammatory enzymes[1].

Licorice Root

Studies show that licorice root contains three triterpenes (chemical compounds with strong antioxidant activity) and 13 flavonoids (which help regulate cell activity and fight free radicals) that show strong anti-inflammatory action. “Traditional Chinese Medicine breaks it down by explaining that it stimulates digestive function, eliminates excess mucus, nourishes qi, and alleviates pain”[2]

Zinc 

“While zinc supplements are important for immune support, topical application has profound anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. It has been shown to have photoprotective and soothing agents, and is super effective in treating inflammatory conditions like dermatitis, acne, warts, and rosacea”.

Aloe

Typically associated with soothing sunburns, “aloe vera is an effective anti-inflammatory. It inhibits the cyclooxygenase pathway and decreases the prostaglandin E2 production from arachidonic acid. Moreover, since inflammation is usually caused by oxidative damage due to free radicals, aloe vera acts as an antioxidant that fights free radicals”[3].

Oatmeal

Oatmeal isn't just for breakfast—as it turns out, it can also soothe your skin. It contains sugars which help fight inflammation and soothe red, irritated skin. And because oatmeal is such a gentle ingredient, it's an ideal choice for people that struggle with skin sensitivity and want to incorporate more anti-inflammatory formulas into their skincare regimen.

 

[1] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27634207/

[2] https://poosh.com/prevent-early-aging-anti-inflammatory-ingredients-guide/

[3] https://www.news-medical.net/health/Health-Benefits-and-Dangers-of-Aloe-Vera.aspx#:~:text=Aloe%20vera%20is%20an%20effective,antioxidant%20that%20fights%20free%20radicals.

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